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University of Manchester Researcher Reviews

Updated 27 January 2018
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  1. "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


  2. "Great city and research community"

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


  3. "general opinion"

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

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

    Pros

    good reputation, interesting, challenging, enjoyable

    Cons

    low pay, work life not well balanced

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


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    "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.


  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


  11. "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