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University of Manchester Postdoctoral Research Associate Reviews

Updated 6 April 2018
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  • "Career progression could be better" (in 6 reviews)

  • "No cons to share, is a very pleasant working environment" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic employer."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lancaster, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lancaster, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full of knowledgeable and motivated people. There are lots of different sources of information and support . Pay scales, holiday and other benefits are generous.

    Cons

    As with any organisation in the city, commuting can be an absolute nightmare.


  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work hours are much more flexible than in a commercial company. You are given a freedom in terns of work you do.

    Cons

    Poor admin staff that do not do their jobs properly, parking can be bad because the campus is quite central.

    Advice to Management

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  3. "Everyone wants the best for you"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The University of Manchester has great training and development opportunities and continues to invest in your development. The relaxed environment of academia allows flexible working.

    Cons

    The nature of post doctoral research associate work is short term fixed contracts, so you need a good line manager/boss to help support you through further work


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good science but bad senior management."

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    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities and great scientist, you have everything you need so long as you go and ask, everyone is helpful. The science in general is good as well. The salary goes quite a way because Manchester is cheaper than other cities in the UK. The administration is also quite nice.

    Cons

    No opportunities for development as a postdoctoral scientist. Few seminars. The University is also pushing for quantity instead of quality, so they're trying to cramp more scientists into a tiny space. The food is also horribly expensive in the Campus and they have now bought and closed everything nearby (except Dominos and McDonalds). No rest areas.


  5. "Lots of good aspects but depends on your manager"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally good employment policies as with any university. Good academic environment. Lots of other employees who are extremely generous with their time and help.

    Cons

    Experience depends a lot on your manager. If you have a problem with them (and they are a senior academic) you're unlikely to get much help, I suspect this is a problem with academia in general and not UoM specifically.

    Although lots of staff are extremely helpful there are also a fair number who want an easy life and are as unhelpful as possible!