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University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 16 October, 2017
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  • No cons to working at University of Birmingham (in 3 reviews)

  • Bureaucratic red tape which makes green-lighting anything in a timely fashion nearly impossible (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Communications Assistant through WORKLINK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good pay, straightforward

    Cons

    Worklink Admin isn't the best, asking them to do simple things can be a pain. Lack of paid holiday.


  2. "Avi"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    very strong economics department and large campus investments

    Cons

    the city centre can be very congested


  3. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Great Manager
    - The pay is good

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


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  5. "Great place to work, very friendly and supportive."

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, friendly staff and good pay.

    Cons

    As a part time Student Ambassador I had no problems working for them.


  6. "project management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    good organisational structure, professional division of labour between different departments

    Cons

    need to be self-leading, email communication is not preferred


  7. "Medical PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, a lot of support, opportunities to learn and develop a lot

    Cons

    Long hours, a lot of paper work


  8. "PhD"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A highly ranked university, access to a lot of equipment

    Cons

    as a PhD student, don't get supervision often enough, in my particular department (met and mat)


  9. "Supportive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a MSc student rep and it gave me full opportunity to work with teachers and other fellows

    Cons

    I would like to serve on more positions

    Advice to Management

    Good Working environment, please maintain it.


  10. "Supportive for my future"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Support for future after finishing my degree, positive, gave me lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Was a temporary role, would have liked to continue.


  11. "Curate's Egg"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Professor in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Campus is well kept, there is a very high level of investment in buildings.

    The academics here are generally very good.

    Cons

    Low level bureaucracy is massively underfunded so that basic operations don't function properly (HR, contracts and purchasing are particular lows) .

    High level non-academic roles are many, but in some cases they are pretty ineffective.

    Funding for small things at departmental level is very poor, so you have to pay your own expenses more often than not.

    There is nowhere near enough parking for the number of staff on site.


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