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Updated 12 February, 2015
Updated 12 February, 2015
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    senior research assitant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Pros

    great working environments, managers and colleagues are nice

    Cons

    you need manage your time well

  2.  

    Great experience but empty during summer

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    Former Employee - Studentship
    Former Employee - Studentship

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    engaging work, great work environment, helpful accounting/support staff, free cupcakes!

    Cons

    not much happening in Southampton during the summer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Relaxed, academic atmosphere.

    Former Intern - Placement Intern in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Placement Intern in Southampton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Time and support to develop new skills. Autonomous working. Making a difference.

    Cons

    None while I was there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Wonderful place to work. High pay. Average work load.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, High pay

    Cons

    Could be stressful when things go wrong

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Mainly positive experience, but some negatives

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    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Attractive main campus with lots of green space. Good support of interdisciplinary working. Excellent academic and research staff in general. Department heads and deans can be very supportive (with some caveats). Overall I have found it a positive experience to work at Southampton and over the time I have been here there have been substantial improvements in many areas. For example, I think over the past few years the support provided to ECRs has improved a lot, and there is now more focus on research staff development, supporting fellowship applications etc. However, I think you need to be proactive to get the most out of your time here.

    Cons

    Some excellent researchers are sidelined in a way, because their research is not high impact, or they are not bringing in large grants...even when they are recognised to be the top of their field.
    Opaque and variable practices with regards to retaining early career researchers, but generally not a great deal of job security (although this is similar across academia as a whole).
    The level of attention by supervisors/other more senior academics to things like appraisals or internal review of grant applications is highly variable. E.g. can be difficult to find someone who will give a very rigorous and critical internal review of a proposal.
    Southampton in general is not a particularly nice city, but the surrounding countryside, towns and villages are beautiful and the area in general is a nice area to live in.
    Food available on campus is fairly poor.
    "Staff club" is no longer only for staff. "Staff bar" generally closes at about 6pm.
    General dislike of upper management within the university which reduces staff morale and motivation. In particular VC pay is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more notice of what the majority of people that keep the university running want (hint: those are the lecturers, researchers, profs and support staff, not the top management). Reduce the salaries of the top earners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Lecturer in Soc Sci

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff in my dept
    Never had problems with management

    Cons

    Random decisions from on-high can sometimes occur, e.g. changing around all the admin roles at once, or refusing to accept that there is a market price for certain professors.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Great company to work for if you work in one of the offices, not so much in the field

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Development Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Sales Development Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton

    Pros

    Great company culture, good support, great benefits and incentives

    Cons

    Field sales is a lonely job where it's difficult to hit targets. Also the company insists on silly 'steps to the call' to employ in a sales conversation which, in my experience, negatively affected my relationship with my customers.
    Also they preach that experience and movement to different departments is both available and supported, however this was not true

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that field sales employees are well looked after and have more team contact time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great university

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    Former Contractor - Humanities Assistant
    Former Contractor - 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
  10.  

    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.

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