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Updated 10 February 2019
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  • "Career progression at an absolute minimal" (in 7 reviews)

  • "I can honestly say that there are no cons" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work / life balance

    Cons

    This is a great place to work, I have no problems with this employer after 3.5 years.


  2. "Excellent Place to Work! Very Friendly Environment."

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    Former Employee - Sports Assistant, Sussexsport in Falmer, England
    Former Employee - Sports Assistant, Sussexsport in Falmer, England

    I worked at University of Sussex part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free gym membership.
    Student friendly shifts/hours.
    Understanding managers.
    Great pay.
    Company invests in you.

    Cons

    Not much scope for career progression early on.

  3. "Student Fundraiser"

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

    I worked at University of Sussex part-time

    Pros

    Good wage and friendly team

    Cons

    Only part time and not all year round


  4. "Good benefits but bad environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Sussex part-time

    Pros

    There are excellent benefits to working at the UoS, including a good number of days off and extra days off around Christmas and Easter. The gyms are good, and most of the direct line managers are good, effective people who care about their staff.

    Cons

    Right now in early 2019 there are lots of new high level management posts, but the University isn't recruiting quickly when lower grade posts become empty, so lots of teams are understaffed and under lots of pressure. There's a lot of negative feeling about the University, and it often feels like relentless pressure to save money and do more and more with less and less, even as student numbers keep increasing. It is difficult to develop your career past the first couple of grades, because there are so few middle-grad posts.

    Advice to Management

    Fill the roles at the bottom of the chain first, so that there are people to actually do the day-to-day work, and stop creating so many new highly-paid management roles.


  5. "Postdoc"

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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 Sussex full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great city, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Cleaning services could be improved, not a lot of choice for eating.


  6. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - HPC Engineer in Brighton, England
    Current Employee - HPC Engineer in Brighton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Flexible working .

    Cons

    It takes a long time to resolve issues across departments.


  7. "Excellent place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Sussex full-time

    Pros

    Professional development, good working environment

    Cons

    No negatives that I could think of

  8. "Great uni to work for"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Brighton, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Brighton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Sussex (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, amazing way to express gratitude for the uni taking you in

    Cons

    Working outdoors during winter can be difficult.


  9. "Hugely disappointing experience"

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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 Sussex full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Near to Stanmer Park, nice for walks

    Cons

    - High turnover rate (people resigning nearly every week)
    - Management changing roles/ideas constantly
    - No clear direction from Line Manager
    - No clear job goals - I was given a bit of everything and again even these tasks were constantly changing
    - Unfriendly/rude/uncooperative coworkers
    - Ugly campus, overpriced food
    - No career progression in my field
    - No support/encouragement from my Line Manager to progress
    - Unfriendly/unengaging environment

    Advice to Management

    Academics really need to take some proper management training. The line manager I had had no idea how to manage people and as a result the work was disorganised, unclear with no proper direction. People were either hugely overworked or sat there gossiping all day without anything to do. Why is the management not aware of this? Despite accepting the job 2 months before I began and arranging with HR to give all the appropriate forms, on my start day HR told me I couldn't start that day because I didn't have the appropriate paperwork with me. Utterly ridiculous. I was bullied in my role, given unclear tasks that changed constantly and had no support. There needs to be a proper support system in place and someone to talk to if the Line Manager fails the task to actually manage/support employees.


  10. "just ok"

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

    I have been working at University of Sussex full-time

    Pros

    flexible working hours, family friendly

    Cons

    promotion criteria not so clear