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Updated 16 August 2018
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  • "Career progression could be better" (in 6 reviews)

  • "No cons to share, was a very pleasant work environment" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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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

    Pros

    - Well technical environment
    - Good salary

    Cons

    Nothing is bad, I love this experience


  2. "Teacher assistant at The University of Manchester"

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Manchester City Centre, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with well-known lecturers and talented students

    Cons

    Low salary, late payment, no room for improvement.

  3. "Waiter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    -flexible hours
    -nice customers
    -can improve hospitality skills if desire

    Cons

    - low pay
    - stressful atmosphere
    - long hours when working events


  4. "Great atmosphere"

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

    Pros

    Good stipend, good flexibility (but very dependent on supervisor).

    Cons

    I can't think of anything.


  5. "Video/Events production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Efficient and effective corporate video solutions

    Cons

    There weren't any - I really enjoyed it


  6. "Friendly and Rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    The university is generally an exciting place to work. Lots of resources. Lots of opportunity for further training. The work can be very rewarding and interesting.

    Cons

    The HR process for applying and starting work can be very long. This can be problematic for very short fixed term posts, with fixed end dates.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Things aren't what they were..."

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Sale, England
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Sale, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be a brilliant place to teach & research. Still some great colleagues, academic groups and dedicated administrators left. The University still has some (external) kudos. Big building program. Mostly very good students. Close to city center. Vibrant city, lots of nightlife, expanding Northern Quarter district.

    Cons

    Unclear vision and strategy. No longer a very healthy academic environment. Sudden program of staff cuts (“M2020”) and so staff shortages. Growing performance management and top-down culture. Increasing casualisation of teaching and use of short-term contracts. Increasingly tough to get tenure. Consequent poor morale and further staff departures.
    Happening in other UK universities too, but Manchester seems worst.
    Major national pension cuts (again). Strikes (local & national). A huge shame for staff & students.
    Terrible weather (obviously). Increase in vagrants and addicts.

    Advice to Management

    The "CEO" is the Vice-Chancellor/President NOT Tom Bloxham.

  8. "Teaching and Learning Assistant"

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Very friendly people, lovely place to work, everyone is kind and caring and they treat you with a lot of respect and make you like coming in to work in the morning.

    Cons

    I left due to family commitments and wished to go back but there wasn't any opportunities and I wish there was.


  9. "It was okay"

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    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


  10. "Great city to live and work in"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Optional teaching provides extra money.
    Great careers support.

    Cons

    Postgraduates are neither staff nor students when it comes to getting help in times of need, meaning that most avenues you would go down as a student for things like financial issues are closed to you.
    PhDs generally are lonely, frustrating experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is greedy - hoarding giant cash reserves, whilst gutting the University of experienced professors in favour of cheap, young staff.


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