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University of Manchester Research Assistant Reviews

Updated 13 May 2018
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  1. "University of Manchester Review"

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment
    Very good personal development - training schemes
    Flexibility for employees - annual and parental leaves / working from home
    Very good level in research and ab equipement
    Excellent IT services
    Very good management

    Cons

    Not enough space and equipement in external offices based in hospitals


  2. "It was okay"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible and independent working environment

    Cons

    Mostly contractual work, so no real long term security

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in the PDR of employees

  3. "Great city and research community"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience very dependent on supervisor: mine was supportive and allowed me a lot of flexibility and independence. Pay was great - but this was also grant dependent.

    Cons

    HR is slow and inefficient, had to chase them up on everything when arranging an international relocation reimbursement.

    Advice to Management

    Would have been great to be able to take/audit taught courses (for free) as part of Staff Development Scheme.


  4. "A great place to work as a researcher - if you are on the right team"

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    Really interesting work, and a nice bunch of people too. The research team I worked on was led by a fantastic academic who set the tone. Manchester is also a great city to live in, and the university is well situated close to the centre of town. You really feel like you're in the middle of it.

    Cons

    The University of Manchester is a very large organisation and it takes a while to orientate yourself. Once I realised how things fitted together it was fine.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the student experience! Also, try and create support networks of researchers. A lot of academic work is solitary and good camaraderie is important for morale.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pseudo-corporate culture spoils the experience slightly"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    Great campus, lots of beautiful buildings. Many very smart, helpful colleagues and lovely students. Good salary and pay scale - well above most other sectors for entry level and semi-skilled roles!

    Cons

    Too much corporate jargon and an often misguided management culture. Increasingly desperate attempts to weld private sector logic onto support service departments that do not need it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what is meant to be done at a University instead of playing at being on Dragons' Den.


  6. "I worked as a Post-doctoral Research Assistant in Department of Materials"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Department of Materials in the University of Manchester has the best Electron Microscopes and X-ray facilities and is probably one of the largest research institute in the Europe. You will have the chance to meet the Nobel Prize Winner who discovered Graphene.

    Cons

    The professors are less patient and less willing to help you grow unless you have the essential skills and education background.

    Advice to Management

    Professors should have more responsibility in educating students who will be really grateful.


  7. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for personal and professional development. Inclusive culture and strong in diversity.

    Cons

    Occasionally too much focus on restructure.

  8. "Graduate Teaching Assistant and Postgraduate Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant and Postgraduate Researcher in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant and Postgraduate Researcher in Manchester, England
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for the hours put in lab demonstration, nice people

    Cons

    A bit laid back, you can be left to your devices in your research sometimes which may not always work to your advantage.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt a 9-4 or 5 system for Phd researchers, more people will complete under 3 years.


  9. "Great university"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive staff
    Top research university
    Alot of resources available
    Really good atmosphere

    Cons

    Some buildings really need renovation


  10. "Research Assistant MACE"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good place to work.

    Cons

    Comparing to other cities in Europe Manchester is not as exiting

    Advice to Management

    Working as Research Assistant give you the freedom to work at your easy.