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University of Manchester Research Associate Reviews

Updated 12 January 2018
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Research Associate

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  • No cons to share, was a very pleasant work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Hours worked are quite long, find it hard to concentrate when hours are so long (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Top facilities, great staff"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    access to world class and well maintained analytical equipment. Academic staff are scrutinous and value quality over quantity.

    Cons

    Like a large organisation, administrative difficulties are sometimes encountered. No real major cons


  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

    None


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting job, rubbish work environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, but that's about it.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment, with abysmal administrative support (I'm talking weeks, if not months, to get simple things sorted). We aren't even trusted with A4 paper or stationary (it's all locked away). Seriously low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Improve morale by being more supportive, rather than suspicious, of staff.


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  5. "Research associate, University of Manchester"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester City Centre, England

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible working hours. Freedom to follow interesting research

    Cons

    Advice on career progression is sometimes lacking


  6. "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


  7. "Great place to work: friendly, open."

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good pension and holiday, good library and central location, good anual leave and excellent program for career development.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher. Socialising can be difficult due to lack of programs to do it. The distance between different departments can make it hard to collaborate.

    Advice to Management

    Make more social activities


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a lot of support if have any problems"

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

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

    Pros

    Great location, great public transport, 15 minute walk from train station and extremely good bus route. Local amenities such as pool and gym are close enough to go on lunch.

    Cons

    The science department is spread over many buildings and even different faculties which can present problems but is perhaps unavoidable in a large facility. There is no guidance or framework for promotion or career advice.

    Advice to Management

    With only one line manager, there is not much support if there are any personal problems. It is difficult to address any issues if they cannot be discussed with that one person.


  10. "Research and Work Experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and work life balance. Lot of working opportunities and great staff to work with.

    Cons

    Very less to speak of the cons


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Manchester University"

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Renowned University in Russel group,
    Number of training available for free for the employees

    Cons

    No real carrier path for researchers committed to research but not wanting to become a PI

    Advice to Management

    Creation of the permanent jobs for mid-range researchers who worked for long time at university and contributed to bringing money on grants. They also would improve the University output and saving money when taking care of PhD students