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University of Leicester Reviews

Updated 9 October, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours - I am often able to fit a 7 hour day between the hours of 7am and 9pm which is good for when I have other commitments (in 8 reviews)

  • Provides excellent training, a considerate working environment that provides equal opportunities for all (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management team is exceptionally poor (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of job stability - hard to get job made permanent due to nature of work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Nice environment, seems an awful lot of needless bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Nice secluded location near city centre
    My building contaiend some of the best fitted-out and equipped labs I have seen

    Cons

    Constant 'rebrands', Institutes within Departments within Colleges


  2. "Lecturer at University of Leicester"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The normal benefits of working as an academic - flexible hours, predictable routines, etc.

    Academic staff are friendly to each other.

    Cons

    There is a push to increase student numbers to help the financial situation. The negative impact on staff is:
       - An ever-reducing quality of student. To increase numbers the entry requirements are lowered meaning we have to teach degree-level content to students that struggle to cope with it.
      - The Larger workload for marking, supervising etc.

    There is a large disparity in the pay and position of staff between departments and within departments. There are staff that have been around for a long time and were promoted during periods when promotions were easy. They clutter up the place on high salaries that block others. Teaching or Admin staff are treated like 2nd class citizens with no pretence that things should be any different. Leicester considers itself a research-led university and won't recognise that it's teaching and students support services that keep everyone in a job.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't put a sign highlighting which is the parking space for the VC given the unpopular nature of some of the decisions that are being made.


  3. "A university in turmoil"

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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 Leicester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff below senior management level are generally lovely.

    Cons

    Senior management team is exceptionally poor. Communication is inconsistent, strategy is confused and implemented with little understanding or competence. The chaotic and increasingly cutthroat culture which has been created is unpleasant and completely unnecessary. Staff are left floundering by constant upheaval and changes in direction, making it almost impossible to complete even the most basic tasks. Experienced and knowledgeable staff are leaving in their droves only to be replaced by temporary/agency staff on minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your current scattershot approach and recognise the value of your experienced staff while you still have some left. Ultimately it’s the students who will suffer as a result of your ineffectual leadership - or to put it in terms that might strike a cord, lower NSS scores!


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  5. "Chemistry Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Leicester part-time

    Pros

    Pleasant, supportive working environment
    Flexible working hours
    Exposed to wide variety of work

    Cons

    Lack of job stability - hard to get job made permanent due to nature of work.


  6. "Solid but with limitations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Big employer benefits; gym, pensions, flexible working
    Clarity over salaries

    Cons

    Some very badly behaved employees spoiling it for the rest.
    Questionable leadership

    Advice to Management

    Apply same standards to all employees. Think through consequences of your decisions better.


  7. "research short contract"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    good rese a r c h

    Cons

    not se c u r e


  8. "Student Ambassador - Good Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leicester part-time

    Pros

    As a student ambassador - Good pay, nice colleagues and bosses, surprisingly fun job

    Cons

    Open days could use more signs that give directions


  9. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Fast-paced work environment

    Cons

    - Unclear job expectations
    - Blurry job roles
    - Very competitive


  10. "Uni"

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    Current Employee - Student in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere on campus etc really nice people

    Cons

    Dept of Economics is rubbish don't bother
    Staff at team Leicester can be difficult to work with


  11. "GTA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to improve your teaching skills.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Make more collaborations with other Universities and promote PhD students more


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