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Updated 14 February, 2018
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  1. "Generally great but off-site teams are isolated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large employer, so great work-life help, e.g. relaxation and sports sessions. Lots of opportunities for training if you're on the main campus (see below). Fairly well-paid. Generally a good place to work.

    Cons

    However, if you're based in an off-site team (not on the main campus), then you are extremely isolated. No time was made available for us to go onto the main campus to take part in the sessions or training and nobody from main campus every bothered to offer to come over to us.

    Also, very little opportunity for promotion in the area I was in. Be aware that you may have to move departments in order to progress, as people tend to stay in the same job for a long time and block the path upwards for other people.

    Advice to Management

    Involve off-site teams more in your training and programmes, please!


  2. "Peer Mentoring Scheme"

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    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really interactive team, help me engage and help first-year students. Also involved in student ambassador sessions in which I developed my communications skills by conducting campus tours.

    Cons

    Not too many activities organised for first-year students. I received many complaints in which the mentees did not properly understand what is Peer Mentoring in the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    I would send emails to first-year students before they start university explaining what a peer mentor is and how we can help them during their first academic year.


  3. "Great facilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best toys in the business

    Cons

    Some HR things can be slow


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  5. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The good reputation and friendly environment (colleagues).

    Cons

    The human factor is not the priority. The real priorities: To improve NSS and to build new facilities. 4 works, 1 salary: funding, papers, teaching and administration.

    Advice to Management

    Is it work-life balance?


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Academic Support in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Academic Support in Manchester, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is good, regular training opportunities, good events for staff

    Cons

    External candidates given preferential treatment for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within more


  7. "general opinion"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good reputation, interesting, challenging, enjoyable

    Cons

    low pay, work life not well balanced

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Admin at the University of Manchester"

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    A relaxed environment, a fair salary for what you do (if its admin).

    Cons

    Everything is wildly inefficient and disorganised which appears to be the norm in most departments.

    Advice to Management

    More guidance from managers to new starters. Often they're just ignored.


  9. "No democracy, research not valued"

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    Current Employee - NONE in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - NONE in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Decent university, reasonable location within the city, lots of new buildings - with many more to come. Generally good students.

    Cons

    Publications across our School/Faculty have virtually no value unless you manage to monetise them. The management punishes those who don't publish with extra admin and teaching, but if you do publish quality research, there's no reward for that. All important ("strategic") decisions are made by a very small group of people. Deliberately vague criteria for promotions. Dissent is not tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    Try to comprehend that quality research and research funding are NOT the same thing. Hire proper scientists - not grant specialists.


  10. "Great institution"

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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 Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting work, lots of support for career development, good social aspects

    Cons

    Loads of building work taking place right now which can cause a lot of disturbance


  11. "Great city and research community"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience very dependent on supervisor: mine was supportive and allowed me a lot of flexibility and independence. Pay was great - but this was also grant dependent.

    Cons

    HR is slow and inefficient, had to chase them up on everything when arranging an international relocation reimbursement.

    Advice to Management

    Would have been great to be able to take/audit taught courses (for free) as part of Staff Development Scheme.


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