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University of St. Andrews Reviews

Updated Oct 12, 2019

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University of St. Andrews CEO Sally Mapstone
Sally Mapstone
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible hours for student schedule, good work environment, paid training, best salary in town(in 6 reviews)

  • "Excellent working environment; great leaders to learn from; relaxed atmosphere(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low salary, intense work, lack of internal funding, small town(in 5 reviews)

  • "There is no train station in the town, the closest one is 10 min bus away(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Scotland's first university and home of Golf"

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    Current Employee - Marie Curie Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to live and work

    Cons

    Rental flats are on high side, and most of time difficult to find within town.

    University of St. Andrews2019-09-21
  2. "Beautiful town"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful town, good collegiate atmosphere

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, reliance on outdated tech

    University of St. Andrews2019-10-12
  3. "high quality research, small town"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow 

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good reputation, high quality research

    Cons

    Small town, remote, bad weather

    University of St. Andrews2019-09-17
  4. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, friendly environment

    Cons

    Low salary, intense work, lack of internal funding, small town

    University of St. Andrews2019-08-28
  5. Helpful (5)

    "#MeToo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the senior and most successful academics are very pleasant, humble and kind people.

    Cons

    Professional services struggle to recruit and retain quality staff with the standard across the organisation being extremely poor. This is in comparison to the academic staff where the University’s “reputation” attracts some of the most talented people. Working with the academics was not a problem, but immediate colleagues in professional services could never be described as “professional” and are generally... incompetent and ill-equipped to deliver with poor qualifications and/or a bad attitude and no apparent willingness to undertake training to enhance their personal and professional development. Management are power hungry, narcissistic sociopaths. There is no respect for junior employees and there is a lot of negative gossiping, mocking people, micromanaging and dishonest practices. I experienced a lot of racism, bullying and harassment, and sexual harassment (from colleagues of both genders). Such problems are not dealt with appropriately in accordance with University policy. Complaints are stifled depending on who the perpetrator is, or who the perpetrator is married to, and generally where loyalties lie; in this very, very small town there are horrendous levels of nepotism. People are therefore discouraged from raising complaints for fear of reprisal and victimisation. There have been instances of complaints being made “anonymously” but in such situations there is no satisfactory outcome as the University is not accountable to an individual complainant and cannot “offer support” to the victim of ill treatment; instead, anonymous complaints are “investigated” so the University can say it has discharged its obligation to look into a matter and offers a purely fabricated outcome. The University has a shameful culture of minimal respect for its professional services staff. Academic staff are very highly regarded and much more valued which is quite demeaning given that some professional services staff have a very good quality education; not everyone wants to pursue a career in academia. It is no wonder good people leave. HR should never be trusted; the workings of the department lacks transparency and there are biases in favour of line and middle management. The HR department has a dedicated webpage for all of its policies which is quite embarrassing given that the policies are cosmetic and not applied fairly or consistently. The policies are available on the website and are accessible by the public and is clearly a facade to convince the world that the University is committed to acting in a “law-abiding” manner. St Andrews is a very outdated institution, the University’s small town values are not compatible for professionals accustomed to working in a cosmopolitan city. The working culture and environment is toxic, and the management are very inefficient and lack integrity. Accepting a job at this institution is a bad decision, especially for women considering a role in professional services.

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    Advice to Management

    1. The University’s nepotistic values are sickening. 2. The HR policies, specifically the Equality and Diversity policy is very cosmetic; either apply it and do so consistently, or dispose of it altogether. 3. Start respecting professional services staff, the University would not function without them. 4. More should be done to protect women’s rights and promote equality for women. Such considerations are... currently sidelined.

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    University of St. Andrews2019-09-03
  6. "School of Physics and Astronomy"

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    Former Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Saint Andrews, Scotland

    I worked at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Equal opportunities Supportive environment Exciting research projects

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    University of St. Andrews2019-07-01
  7. "Excellent work environment"

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    Former Employee - Bartender 

    I worked at University of St. Andrews part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff, flexible working hours, good pay and great HR

    Cons

    Can be seasonal employment depending on when the students are around

    University of St. Andrews2019-06-22
  8. "good job"

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    Former Employee - Porter in Saint Andrews, Scotland

    I worked at University of St. Andrews part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great on the day shift

    Cons

    night shift was very boring

    University of St. Andrews2019-06-17
  9. "Review Telephone Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Telephone Fundraiser 

    I worked at University of St. Andrews part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours for student schedule, good work environment, paid training, best salary in town.

    Cons

    Odd hours, and the work itself requires a lot of emotional labour.

    University of St. Andrews2019-05-07
  10. "PhD student mathematics"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student 

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great, friendly work atmosphere Flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Obvious payment aspect when pursuing a PhD Research/collaborations could have more links to industry and across disciplines

    University of St. Andrews2019-02-11
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