University of Leicester Employee Reviews about "senior management"
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- "No career progression past grade 5. Anyone who is anygood leaves." (in 7 reviews)
- "awful management." (in 7 reviews)
- "Very poor HR, senior management are overly political, too many incompetent managers that make life miserable for subordinates" (in 6 reviews)
- "For the number of students that I taught, I do not think the salary was enough,maybe the university is only hood for part tome jobs no offence" (in 6 reviews)
- "Poor management skills, managers not communicating very well" (in 3 reviews)
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- 4.01 Oct 2013Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Great research Reasonable salary Good variety in the work
Budget control and senior management (Dean of college, VC) have no idea how a university operates at ground level
- 1.04 Oct 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 years
Staff below senior management level are generally lovely.
Senior management team is exceptionally poorSenior management team is exceptionally poorSenior 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.3
- 3.018 Oct 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
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.
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.3
- 1.01 Nov 2020Research AdministratorFormer Employee, less than 1 year
- Flexible working - Seniors might like you if you work like a robot above and beyond your working hours and promote you if you are lucky. - Research administrator jobs always advertised regularly as people come and then leave within a few months of working at the unit.
- Extremely toxic place to work - Pay is rubbish (Grade 3) - Trial managers are very ungrateful and unappreciative for any good work you do and will criticise where they possibly can to stop your progression - The unit is stingy and in order to save money they will employee one research administrator who is expected to work under 2/3 trial managers. Therefore the administrator will be under enormous pressure to complete all the tasks delegated by the managers working above them. This is not made obvious in the interview. It is totally not worth it as it is a Grade 3 job! - Dirty politics and harassment takes place behind closed doors -Senior management team have their favourites. Therefore complaining to them is useless because they will not understand or take any appropriate action. Ultimately you will end up looking for another job and leaving the unit.1
- 1.04 Feb 2021Research AssociateCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
If you are part of the cabal running the place, things are probably quite good.
Where to start? As of February 2021 the University is making huge numbers of redundancies across academic and professional services departments. For example, yet again they are trying to get rid of all pure mathematics academics (there are various petitions online opposing these actions, signed by some very serious academics and others). The planned changes will have huge negative consequences for the University. They seem to want to become an apprentice/vocational skills institution (this is one of the things they say in their various 'Shaping for excellence' documents). The accountants are refusing to sign off the accounts - they are worried the University has serious financial problems (the management even talk about this publicly on their Executive Board videos on YouTube). I expect the next 10 years or so to be very difficult for them in terms of finances. Perhaps they won't even last that long. If you are a student, avoid like the plague! If you are an academic looking for a new job, avoid like the plague! If you are still working there, you have my deepest sympathies (unless you are part of that despicable group who have destroyed the University... the senior management).3
- 3.017 Mar 2022Programmer CoordinatorCurrent EmployeeLeicester, England
Strong HR structure, robust EDI policies, and great prospects for progression and development.
Poor inter-departmental communication, lack of foresight and planning from senior management.
- 2.08 May 2014ResearcherCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsLeicester, England
Good academics and students. Facilities good. Good gym and arts centre. Reputation of university has risen. Nice people to work with.
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.1
- 3.031 Jan 2023AdministratorFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsLeicester, England
Fantastic people, strong community, nice environment
Very poor HR, senior management are overly political, too many incompetent managers that make life miserable for subordinates