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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated 13 October, 2014
Updated 13 October, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great university

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    Former Employee - Humanities Assistant
    Former Employee - Humanities Assistant

    I worked at University of Southampton as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    passionate staff, great resources, green campus

    Cons

    some of the staff in leadership positions (eg: dissertations coordinators) are not the most adequate choices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good academic staff, poor management and administration

    Former Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are good academic staff in the university, although many are leaving because of the horrible management.

    Cons

    The administration act as though the university is there for their benefit, and not for producing research and educating students. Human resources imposes policies on academic hiring that are not appropriate to academic hiring (e.g. not requesting letters of reference until a short list is made). Management, from the rank of associate dean up, is generally full of either people who try to micromanage things without understanding the implications of their policies, or their toadies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Council should clean house. Rank-and-file employees have completely lost confidence in the upper management. It would be good for morale to actually publicly dismiss the worst of the lot, rather than allowing them to step down. That would restore confidence that someone in charge actually cares about doing things right.

  3.  

    Awesome place to be, great people, lots of cool projects

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    dual stack h NAT-free IPv6/IPv4 with /16 IPv4 allocation.
    very interesting projects.
    lots of alarmingly smart people to talk to
    nice big coffee room

    Cons

    Can't think of very many! It's such a great place

    A split IT system
    sharepoint.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!
    Try to drop some of the MS stuff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton

    Pros

    Outstanding academic environment, good colleagues

    Cons

    Difficult to get a permanent post

  6.  

    PhD researcher

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom, personal growth, excellent equipment and research teams. Campus is very nice, national parks nearby are beautiful. Would consider living in winchester and commuting however

    Cons

    Salary, work-life balance. Local town is quite poor, food on campus is bad, can be quite boring place to work. Not a lot of outside social organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    PhD Student in Biological Sciences.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent access to publications, new building/facilities, close knit department. Decent seminar programmes. A few big names in the department

    Cons

    Poor IT support, lack of working space, cannot access some journals (even some high impact ones), not as much technical support as one would like sometimes. Also the hospital lab facilities are old and in great need of updating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to researchers - things like a dedicated statistician, full access to ALL the important journals, and spend some money on the outdated hospital facilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    An interesting, vibrant place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting, busy people, lots going on, main campus on nice park with lots of trees and flowers. Staff seem really engaged with their work. A top-ranking Russell Group university, doing lots of groundbreaking research in all sorts of areas.

    Cons

    For someone on a zero hours contract such as myself, the usual variability of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Best place to work in Southampton, UK

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    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work culture
    Good compensation
    Friendly colleagues
    great progress opportunities
    world class facilities
    easy to access transport facilities

    Cons

    I could not figure out any shortcoming while working there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Best Place to work in Southampton, UK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have really enjoyed my time at the university as it gave me opportunity t learn and progress. staff were very friendly and supportive. Also, University of Southampton has a very good pay grades with lots of extra perks for employees.

    Cons

    there is no downside of working in university of Southampton I believe.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent benefits, but poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous holiday allowance. Campus is nice enough, with relatively easy access to the city centre and surrounding areas by bus, although train connections are a bit more challenging. Also easy access to a variety of Chinese food restaurants nearby.

    Cons

    Administration appears to care little for the impact of their policies on researchers. Little opportunity for early career researchers to distinguish themselves, however, this has been improving as of late. The amount of paperwork, harassment and bureaucracy imposed by health and safety is a significant impediment to performing research. Hired technical staff does not have sufficient background and expertise to perform their jobs at a reasonable standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider instituting policies to make it clear that all employees are valued by the University. Hiring appropriate support staff and providing conditions that promote creativity instead of imposing impediments to new ideas is crucial for a research orientated university. Being open with staff regarding changes to facilities would promote trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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