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University of Leicester Reviews

Updated 8 December, 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)

  • As a student ambassador - Good pay, nice colleagues and bosses, surprisingly fun job (in 6 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. "Senior Team Leader review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Team LEader in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Team LEader in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff salary, Flexible hours, great transferable skills, responsibility

    Cons

    At times too much responsibility for the pay grade

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the employees are students.


  2. "Not in the top 1% globally"

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    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Leicester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    This review is to flag up that Leicester were recently told by the ASA that they were not allowed to claim they were in the top 1% worldwide. However, they are still using this on their advertising header on this site.

    Also, please note that many of the reviews are written by students, about their student jobs (student ambassador; football activator whatever that means; etc.). The reviews from academics are rather less positive to say the least.

    The main problem is that the management are very poor. Their recent attempts to fire whole departments has backfired and now they are picking off people individually. However, they have unfortunately selected the hardest working people (who have not had time to work on their grants and research) to subject to "performance management". Oh dear. These hard working individuals will likely leave, and the University will be very much the worse off.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately they don't like to hear advice, so I will refrain from giving it.


  3. "Residential Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    - Increases transferable skills, especially with dispute resolution and administration.
    - Reasonably good pay (for a student role).
    - Offices are close to University or Halls of residence.
    - Flexibility: the rota is very well catered to you and your schedule.

    Cons

    - Management is often poor, plenty of room for frustration.


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  5. "Football activator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Couldn't think of any in particular


  6. "Part-time"

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    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Timings to work
    - Friendly management
    - Has a great atmosphere that enables you to socialize and work at the same time.

    Cons

    There is nothing in particular that is wrong with reference to the accommodation management.


  7. "Enjoyable with a great work life balance"

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

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, friendly staff, good on site facilities.

    Cons

    A fair bit of unnecessary bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps offer more opportunities for development and learning for staff in order to get the best out of people.


  8. "Good University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, very helpful and good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    With the exception of the library and new medicine building, the campus can look quite rundown in parts.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


  11. "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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