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University of Manchester Researcher Reviews

Updated 15 October 2017
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  • Some of the Principal Investigators do not spend as much time with their PhD students as they perhaps should (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. "MACE Research Intern at The University of Manchester"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Manchester, England
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Manchester, England
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Manchester as an intern

    Pros

    decent salary and some good projects to work on.

    Cons

    some supervisors go on summer break during the internship.


  2. "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.


  3. "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.


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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. "wokring at manchester"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Manchester, England

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    great city, great place. Lots of opportunities to travel in my PhD ranging from China to many places in the USA. Great research projects at a world leading university.

    Cons

    Academia can be slow and a little tedious. Be prepared to do a lot of isolated research, everyone is too busy with their own research and you can feel a little alone sometimes.. although to counter this they usually have a lot of group meetings.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the PHD programs are very good and will set me up with the skills i need to get a good job. I say just continue doing what you are doing.


  9. 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.


  10. "Manchester"

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    Former Contractor - Researcher in Manchester City Centre, England
    Former Contractor - Researcher in Manchester City Centre, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor

    Pros

    Great working environment with intelligent and leading academics. Some good support for other researchers. University has a fantastic reputation.

    Cons

    Poor supervision (probably not in all cases). Outside of work and football, Manchester has very little to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Work to ensure that researchers get the supervision that they need. There is a lot of pressure on young researchers to perform and they do not necessarily have the skills or training.


  11. 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.