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Updated 11 December, 2017
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  • No cons to share, was a very pleasant work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Some of the Principal Investigators do not spend as much time with their PhD students as they perhaps should (in 5 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. "Uni review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    great benefits, flexible working,

    Cons

    travel issues getting there, bureaucracy


  3. "Front Desk"

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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 Manchester part-time

    Pros

    good communication with students and interface with the public

    Cons

    poor management and lack of passion in coworkers

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Well respected International institution- where some amazing things happen"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Staff benefits, access to facilities , childcare, mat leave policy, flexible/family working probably the best you can get in the country.

    Cons

    There is a 'two tier' employee system where academics are tier 1 and everyone else is tier 2. Even work contracts are more favourable for academics, if you are not an academic you are classified as a 'non-academic' which sort of says it all really.
    Professional 'support' staff will do much of the behind the scenes work but there has to be an 'academic lead' for pretty much everything, so you will have no authority- you can find yourself doing all the work but the academics will take the credit (and higher salary and title e.g they will be called 'director of something' and contribute a few hours a week- you will be full time and be the main point of contact,.. but be the 'officer' /project manager etc..when in reality you are the one doing all the directing - I saw this multiple times across many groups and disciplines )- if you are on the 'non-academic' side and you can put up with this fact- its a good place to work . (Also forget getting to any very senior levels- that's overwhelmingly reserved only for academics too)

    Advice to Management

    You have some highly qualified, really excellent professional staff - (notice I dropped the word support) use them and value them properly- many are more capable than academics at certain roles.


  6. "PhD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of academics to interact with

    Cons

    Can be harsh environment to work at in terms of group work

    Advice to Management

    Get more involve to postgraduate students


  7. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible, you also have many opportunities to gain extra cash

    Cons

    work is sometimes unclear and disorganized


  8. "Student ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Very helpful training
    friendly and supportive staff.
    great way to hone your public speaking and organizational skill

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    keep on integrating such vacancies within the university because they're not only beneficial for the personal development of students but also for the image of the university


  9. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -nightlife is really good, lots of pubs / bars/clubs
    -graduate opportunities, great undergrad careers department
    -fun, lots of things to do
    -cheap accomodation

    Cons

    -too short
    -fallowfield is dangerous, lots of break ins and muggings. Just have to be careful or live in nicer Didsbury area

    Advice to Management

    Keep going!


  10. "UoM Ambassadors"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and training are provided for all existing students at the University. The people who I work with are always motivated and interesting.

    Cons

    Can be confusing sometimes on some open days and it is difficult to guide many people through campus tours by yourself in case the other team mate does not show up.

    Advice to Management

    It should continue to do what they are currently doing. There is nothing else to say other than more training perhaps for the students.


  11. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work hours are much more flexible than in a commercial company. You are given a freedom in terns of work you do.

    Cons

    Poor admin staff that do not do their jobs properly, parking can be bad because the campus is quite central.

    Advice to Management

    None


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