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Updated 20 September, 2018
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  • "Career progression could be better" (in 6 reviews)

  • "No cons to share, is a very pleasant working environment" (in 6 reviews)

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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
    Recommends
    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. "Great Environment"

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Great people, environment and work

    Cons

    Large site so can feel limited to one area/building

  3. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    -good resources
    -a lot of learning and teaching opportunities
    -accessible

    Cons

    -lack of support
    -not a friendly environment

    Advice to Management

    Improve the support to your current students and employee. Collaborations between research groups would be highly appreciated and sharing science more often will aid the collaborations.


  4. "Your mileage may vary."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - HR was good whenever I needed help with HR things

    Cons

    Success and opportunities really come down to your group/line manager. I was a postdoc for three years. No conferences in that time. In general, very little collaboration outside of the group. I worked a lot more hours than contracted, and finished my time with more papers than any other postdoc in the group, over a similar time. This put me about on par for the phd student output though, as the group leader gives them any 'low hanging fruit'. Basically, postdocs were seen as contract workers and little more.

    The university didn't offer much in the way of preparation for a future position.

    Despite being generally a good university, it isn't particularly well known. There are a lot of good positions asking for postdoc experience at oxbridge, which time spent at Manc won't help you get.

    Compensation is a lot lower compared to what you can get in industry (AI, Machine Learning, Computer Science)

    The uni pushes awkward 'equity and diversity' campaigns. Not that equity and diversity is stupid, but the content of some of the campaigns (and questions themselves) can not be justified. They are easy to pass, because the answer the uni wants is obvious, so long as you check your mind at the door.


  5. "great support for staff"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    staff support, nice work environment

    Cons

    nothing really apart from most jobs are contract jobs


  6. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and flexible working hours

    Cons

    Transportation and meals not provided


  7. "Research technician"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Professional, Knowledge, prestige institute, accuracy and friendly environment

    Cons

    Required additional techniques needed to be learnt

  8. "Administration Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary and well located campus

    Cons

    Slow progression depending on department


  9. "Odorant Binding Proteins Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    World and International research hub

    Cons

    Career opportunities could be more

    Advice to Management

    More career Opportunities


  10. "Student in Business and Economics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    The degree offers a significant flexibility of paths to follow.
    It is straightforward and it has a lot of student engagement
    The university is beautiful and you feel motivated.

    Cons

    Very impersonal university.
    The popular classes are very big, up to 500 students.
    Needs improvement in communication of news to students
    Students have little if no contact with faculty members
    Again, very impersonal.


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