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Updated 2 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Even the Dean of the Business School knows all his staff, including the interns" (in 3 reviews)

  • "The recruiting process is very fun and it does not really feel like an assessment centre and you do learn a lot about yourself" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management are more focused on pushing their own agendas than understanding the staff" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Very top heavy environment, business managers retain the power of life and death over software development projects" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Salford, North West England, England
    Current Employee - Student in Salford, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Salford part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent members of staff who care about their work

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Focused on students and treats people well"

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

    I worked at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    Staff are well treated
    Ideas are heard
    Good culture
    Focused on students

    Cons

    Struggling somewhat to move to a competitive business environment

    Advice to Management

    There is a gap between strategic vision and implementation on the ground

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid, avoid, avoid"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salford, North West England, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salford, North West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    People are trying to do their best in difficult circumstances

    Cons

    Inexperienced back-stabbing managers only looking out for themselves, ready to throw others under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Stop seeing students purely as £££. Completely replace your feckless, borderline evil Marketing and IT staff. Consider employing some ethic minority staff, disabled people, LGBT staff and women and then treating them with respect. Ditch the IT dept's uniform.


  4. "PhD in Fluid mechancis"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Salford full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Labs, Library, Staff is good. Good support from the Lab Technicians.

    Cons

    So far its being all right.


  5. "Anon"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A very good employer thanks

    Cons

    No cons at all really

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  6. "Avoid!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    The free bus between the campus and Media City.

    Cons

    Below market rate salaries, a toxic culture of intimidation and fear, HR policies and procedures that are both Byzantine and draconian. Constant revolving door of staff should serve as a warning.

    Advice to Management

    Desist with the 'train running down the track' metaphors, look at your salary rates, stop adopting the worst aspects of business practice.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Working as Salford University"

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

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

    Pros

    As Salford University is part of the LGPS (local government pension scheme) so if you work in public sector you can carry your pension over, but I would say that where the pros stop

    Cons

    management, recruitment and promotion do fall on the nepotistic side where being a 'yes' man/woman is needed. the place is full of middle management types who have been given control of a department but has never done the ground work in that job

  8. "One of a kind is Salford Professional Development"

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    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Salford, North West England, England
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Salford, North West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can negotiate a higher salary - but it may mot help you in the long term - I’m ok ! - you may get an email address that allows you to send emails out of the intranet - why would you want to email anyone out of the office ? ... keep your head down and don’t challenge the status quo ... they are risk adverse heavy sales oriented business... you might even get to dress down on the occasional Friday ...

    Cons

    Management is very “commercial / cooperate “ nothing related to excellence in higher education at all - only your email address is the thing HE linked. Nothing work related is like HE ... us employees terms and conditions are just at the legal minimum, keep a diary of all meetings you have with managers- copy all emails and watch your back!
    Google the company and research before you apply or accept a job.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and be totally honest with people who are expecting a HE culture of academic excellence - tell them don’t bother to work with you!!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Salford Professional Development"

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

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

    Pros

    The events company SPD has been taken over by new mgmt who are really trying to make a difference. Previous mgmt team created a very high pressure and hostile culture
    New flexible working opportunities
    Although high turnover has always been the case here there are some new strong staff joining which makes a difference
    Free training courses for staff
    Pay is higher than my previous role

    Cons

    You don’t get the benefits of the uni
    Long hours


  10. "It's ok"

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

    I have been working at University of Salford full-time

    Pros

    people are decent enough to work with

    Cons

    Management is a complete shambles, people aren't treated equally

    Advice to Management

    Actually train your staff or Leave and get new management in.