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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated 17 January 2018
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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. "Great institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting work, lots of support for career development, good social aspects

    Cons

    Loads of building work taking place right now which can cause a lot of disturbance


  2. "No democracy, research not valued"

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    Current Employee - NONE in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - NONE in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent university, reasonable location within the city, lots of new buildings - with many more to come. Generally good students.

    Cons

    Publications across our School/Faculty have virtually no value unless you manage to monetise them. The management punishes those who don't publish with extra admin and teaching, but if you do publish quality research, there's no reward for that. All important ("strategic") decisions are made by a very small group of people. Deliberately vague criteria for promotions. Dissent is not tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    Try to comprehend that quality research and research funding are NOT the same thing. Hire proper scientists - not grant specialists.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Great University to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    There is great atmosphere and environment

    Cons

    There is not much job stability


  6. "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


  7. "Positive experience in UoM"

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    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexitime available to staff
    Understanding management when it comes to personal issues (bereavement, health concerns) - very supportive
    Advancement is encouraged through other areas of the University
    Redepolyment scheme
    University closure over Christmas and New Year

    Cons

    Low salary
    Slight 'us v them' feel between some academic staff and administrative staff
    Feels 'dead-end' at times - younger staff seem to move on quicker


  8. "Uni review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    great benefits, flexible working,

    Cons

    travel issues getting there, bureaucracy


  9. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Money, life balance, safety, security

    Cons

    Poor management, difficult to get a higher salary


  10. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Good location, friendly staff, easy work

    Cons

    payments may be delayed sometimes.


  11. "Well respected International institution- where some amazing things happen"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Staff benefits, access to facilities , childcare, mat leave policy, flexible/family working probably the best you can get in the country.

    Cons

    There is a 'two tier' employee system where academics are tier 1 and everyone else is tier 2. Even work contracts are more favourable for academics, if you are not an academic you are classified as a 'non-academic' which sort of says it all really.
    Professional 'support' staff will do much of the behind the scenes work but there has to be an 'academic lead' for pretty much everything, so you will have no authority- you can find yourself doing all the work but the academics will take the credit (and higher salary and title e.g they will be called 'director of something' and contribute a few hours a week- you will be full time and be the main point of contact,.. but be the 'officer' /project manager etc..when in reality you are the one doing all the directing - I saw this multiple times across many groups and disciplines )- if you are on the 'non-academic' side and you can put up with this fact- its a good place to work . (Also forget getting to any very senior levels- that's overwhelmingly reserved only for academics too)

    Advice to Management

    You have some highly qualified, really excellent professional staff - (notice I dropped the word support) use them and value them properly- many are more capable than academics at certain roles.


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