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University of Manchester Researcher Reviews

Updated 13 May 2018
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  • "No cons to share, is a very pleasant working environment" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "University of Manchester Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Fantastic employer."

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Postdoctoral researcher"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An amazing working environment that provides the opportunity to collaborate with world-leading academics

    Cons

    No cons to share, is a very pleasant working environment


  4. "It was okay"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (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.