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University of Manchester 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. "Large/impersonal university"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    World class research
    Dedicated students

    Cons

    Impersonal management
    Planned cuts and redundancies for academic staff
    Heavy/hard to navigate administrative process

    Advice to Management

    More independence for research staff/academics
    Encourage discussion between departments/divisions


  2. "Shocking!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Subsidized parking on campus site.

    Cons

    Estates security department managers rule like it's the 1970's. Sexual discrimination, casual racism and bullying of staff is rife. The rule by fear ethos is in full swing and astonishingly illegal investigation processes are the norm. Once you get caught in the fear triangle (the 2 managers and the crooked HR partner) you have no fair or consistent support with anything and then you are out of the door. Recent staff survey revealed that this particular department was so unhappy the university refused to acknowledge it. Training and development is comical. The motto should be "Rule by Fear & Fairness for None".

    Advice to Management

    The entire security department needs looking into and overhauling. The illegal activity on going to this day is disgusting. Sexism, racism and homophobia has absolutely no place in the modern workplace. Sort it out!


  3. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and amazing city.

    Cons

    Student housing is about half an hour away from campus.


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  5. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to meet like-minded people. There are opportunities to learn new things and techniques especially if you are doing research.

    Cons

    Management could be better, lack of steering and interaction with staff they manage. Internal politics can sometimes prevail the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees more, try to be more approachable. Listen and hear what is said. Do not shift your responsibility to someone else's shoulders. Lead by example.


  6. "Researcher at the University"

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

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

    Pros

    -well-funded, large university with many resources
    -good location, generally pleasant place to work
    -good HR support
    -well-established system for relocating employees at the end of their contract/made redundant

    Cons

    -some problems with maintenance/physical infrastructure
    -difficulty getting problems with equipment addressed in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Ensure maintenance on the physical infrastructure is kept on top of, and they have the staff and resources they need.


  7. "Graduate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    - great colleagues
    - went to go up the telescope
    - got to assist with science shows

    Cons

    - too far away especially if you don't have a car
    - can be boring when you are all alone in the exhibition
    - working with the general public can be difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    - DBS check for your interns
    - it is your problem if you don't get your interns paid


  8. "studying experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    My current supervisor is very supportive and helpful. The working environment is friendly in general.

    Cons

    I hope there were more information for students to learn about staff. I didn't have do enough research so started with a person which was not quite suitable for my work.

    Advice to Management

    I hope there are more events to help students to learn the staff and how they work.


  9. "Great opportunities, perhaps too many "lifers""

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of fantastic training, work with a variety of people, generous vacation, and Christmas shut-down.

    Cons

    The University doesn't closely monitor its senior administrative staff, which has resulted in complacency. Some of these individuals do not take advantage of the generous training offered, resulting in slow, inefficient processes, and people refusing to adapt.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "backwards institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for the department is very interesting on a daily basis, very relaxed atmosphere, working conditions and hours of work certainly plus points.

    Cons

    Way to many manager positions, very top heavy, which is frustrating in seeing things getting done at lot passing things around and nobody taking responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Take more notice of people on the ground, seriously would make things more efficient and reliable.


  11. "Wonderful places to work"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    I worked as a part-time teaching assistant in the university. While you teach, you can also learn a lot!

    Cons

    Some times it's just too busy to deal with so many students.

    Advice to Management

    Probably you can dynamically allocate teaching assistant resources based on the students' requirement.


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