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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A university in turmoil"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff below senior management level are generally lovely.

    Cons

    Senior management team is exceptionally poor. Communication is inconsistent, strategy is confused and implemented with little understanding or competence. The chaotic and increasingly cutthroat culture which has been created is unpleasant and completely unnecessary. Staff are left floundering by constant upheaval and changes in direction, making it almost impossible to complete even the most basic tasks. Experienced and knowledgeable staff are leaving in their droves only to be replaced by temporary/agency staff on minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your current scattershot approach and recognise the value of your experienced staff while you still have some left. Ultimately it’s the students who will suffer as a result of your ineffectual leadership - or to put it in terms that might strike a cord, lower NSS scores!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Project Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The location of the campus is brilliant with a lot of options for food.
    The salary sacrifice gym benefits were a great way of building an active and healthy social life at work.
    The holiday offering was good and offered a reasonable life-work balance.

    Cons

    Progression for junior level staff was difficult and very little development opportunities offered.
    Senior management decisions were often badly communicated and sometimes not executed well.
    There was a trend of ex-accountants managing large departments which stifled creativity and innovative projects.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, offer development opportunities and tangible career progression from loyal members of staff and get rid of the accountants in senior management roles.

  3. "Very poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Researcher in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good academics and students. Facilities good. Good gym and arts centre. Reputation of university has risen. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management is very poor. They don't seem to empathise with those who have to deliver - the admin people are very stressed and this is shown by the numbers off with stress and the high staff turnover. HR and research finance are particularly bad. There are quite high levels of demoralisation. The university management simply seems to be driven by money. Old-fashioned values of public and community service are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old guard and start listening to staff in the administration and academic front line. Stop being so driven by profit and money.


  4. "Really good place to work, with great colleagues and great research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great research
    Reasonable salary
    Good variety in the work

    Cons

    Budget control and senior management (Dean of college, VC) have no idea how a university operates at ground level

    Advice to Management

    Research doesn't always make a huge profit, deal with it