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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. "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


  2. "Paterson Institute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Paterson Institute for Cancer Research is a world renown centre of excellence in the field of cancer research. Ground breaking science is carried out there by the talented scientists the institute employs. An exciting place to work with very good ethics.

    Cons

    As the funding behind the cancer research was derived from charitable funding the salaries were a little on the low side.

    Advice to Management

    Fill the more senior roles from the talented staff within before going externally. Team work is essential and promoting good team work can result in extraordinary results.


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; rewarding; they listen to staff concerns; great campus to work on

    Cons

    Large and bureaucratic; can be hard to progress


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  5. "Very nice supervisor and good environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My colleagues are very friendly, health and safety check is very good. Flexible time, and also learning lots of things during the process.

    Cons

    The salary is a bit low, but I'm only a casual worker, so it's not too bad.

    Advice to Management

    The time-sheet handling process was a bit weird. HR is not very helpful, sometimes they don't even know what's the situation. And I need to explain the VISA status to them.


  6. "Too much management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    depending on the department can be friendly place to work
    good salary
    good benefits
    good holidays

    Cons

    too many managers
    terrible HR department
    a lot of staff that get away with barely any work


  7. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic location and resources available to students, broad range of scientific expertise at hand.

    Cons

    Cannot think of many negatives to note here; make the most of the experience and enjoy it.


  8. "student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good opportunities once graduated. Fair choice of modules.

    Cons

    some modules need to be reviewed and university halls need improving.

    Advice to Management

    -


  9. "PhD student at the University of Manchester"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    The University hosts world-class research and has great research facilities, especially when it comes to nanomaterials and life sciences.

    Cons

    Difficult to say as it depends on each lab.


  10. "GOOD"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Secretary in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Postgraduate Student at the University of Manchester. Good structure of the course and great connections with the industry. High quality facilities.

    Cons

    High number of students leads to poor personal assistence and some IT failures especially during day hours. No other major cons experienced.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest to the Management of the University of Manchester to improve the selection process for the students and limit the number of students per course in order to deliver a higher quality service.


  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


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