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University of Essex Reviews

Updated 4 November 2018
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Pros
  • "Good benefits, pension, flexible working" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Nice people, good support towards promotion" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you work in a role which is very specialised, there will be little to no progression" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Not as much room for progression, as you would like" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Housekeeper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Essex part-time

    Pros

    Great team synergy, payment is slightly higher than I expected and all the materials you need are provided for you.

    Cons

    Quite exhausting work, yet some older people still work as housekeepers.


  2. "Nice environment"

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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 Essex full-time

    Pros

    Working in a student filled environment, good hours

    Cons

    No cons. I enjoyed my time

  3. "Hmm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Friendly, welcoming people. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    I feel that there is little scope to progress., unless you are a jack-of-all trades. If you work in a role which is very specialised, there will be little to no progression.

    Location is also rubbish.

    There doesn't seem to be an emphasis on continuing professional development for staff. Kind of ironic, as this is an education institution.

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus on professional development. Some people risk being unemployable elsewhere as a result of working too long in this place.


  4. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Essex full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment with intelligent staff. I can't tell that much because I worked here when I was doing my PhD research.

    Cons

    You have to work along side your PhD research. Thus, it can be very challenging at times.


  5. "Tutor"

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

    I worked at University of Essex full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Higher management have unrealistic half-baked ideas which they expect staff to implement.


  6. "Facilities/Bar Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Essex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun Environment where you meet different types of people at work

    Cons

    Late unsociable hours, which can disrupt sleeping pattern


  7. "Essex University review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues and scope of work

    Cons

    There are no real cons to speak of

  8. "Working in REO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Essex full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great environment
    exemplary manager
    regular team outings
    flexible working hours
    etc.

    Cons

    not too many career advancement opportunities.


  9. "Visiting Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Colchester, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Essex full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, decent facilities, I have my own office

    Cons

    It's hard for a two-worker household to both find work. I have a 2 hour commute from London, so that my partner can work too.

    Advice to Management

    Longer term contracts for non-tenure track lecturers would be nice


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Staff satisfaction is surely not a priority..."

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    Former Employee - Lecturer
    Former Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Many international students
    - (Still) good international reputation

    Cons

    - Highly unrealistic workload allocation (e.g. growing student numbers leading to growing workload without any compensation)
    - No real PhD programme/not enough GTAs
    - Chaotic and complicated administrative procedures
    - Broken/ugly infrastructure (e.g., no heating in the evening and on weekends)
    - Limited food options on campus, very unhealthy
    - Hard to reach due to the poor quality of public transport and traffic jams during rush hour

    Advice to Management

    Make staff satisfaction one of your goals