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Updated 16 January 2018
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  • Short term contract related to the funds of the project, no career opportunity (in 2 reviews)

  • Can't think of many, really, other than the obvious issues with academia: trying to find and keep funding (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "ICMA Centre: an awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Professor in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Reading part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An entire building of 20+ applied finance faculty with a famous lead professor (whose textbook most of us use) and incredible data assets based on 108 terminals and the ICMA sponsorship, lead by an individual who started himself as assistant and has truly created a family like atmosphere

    Cons

    While the Henley Business School is Top 10 in UK and has lots of outreach events and a research active faculty, the university leadership once in a while comes up with me policy ideas that are not necessarily conducive to research intense institutions ...

    Advice to Management

    ICMA Centre: keep on doing an awesome job / Henley Business School: nudge all disciplines to create world leading output in research and/or impact / UoR: give HBS more autonomy


  2. "Worked for 4 years full time"

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

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

    Pros

    Most people are lovely to work with. The environment is good with some great facilities. Green campus which is great if you like walking and/or cycling.

    Cons

    Parking scheme. University politics - can't avoid this in any UK university. Usual budget restrictions which may affect some aspects of your job. Communication between departments (admin) is almost non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on communication between departments.


  3. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Reading part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful grounds and location
    Interesting meeting students

    Cons

    Many of the academic and admin management staff are rude and abrupt.


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  5. "Research Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    The University was very supportive and engaged with me during all aspects of my internship. I learnt a huge amount and was given the independence to make decisions and direct the research project.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any. This was a good summer internship for a student.


  6. "PDRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours
    good supportive environment
    world class leaders in research field

    Cons

    none that would keep me anonymous


  7. "University of Reading employment"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Category Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Category Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, majority of people are lovely. Great Environment to work in. Excellent facilities.

    Cons

    Politics. Budgetary restrictions, Parking, Politics

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on the staff more.


  8. "Managers need to know how to manage and look after their teams"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly and both campuses are beautiful in their different ways.

    Cons

    The University has undergone a lot of change over the last couple of years and in some cases this change has not been well managed leading to increased workloads and higher stress levels for staff. Your experience will very much depend on your manager. Unfortunately my last manager while being a very nice person was completely unwilling to recognise that the amount of overtime being done was unsustainable and seriously impacting people's work life balance. When various members of staff raised concerns they did not seem concerned to find a solution or escalate these issues. In fact the relationship between middle and more senior managers seemed to be non-existent and more worryingly there did not appear to be consensus about how the department should be moving forward. As a result staff were left feeling confused and somewhat neglected. Very little was done to either reassure them that things would change or to take real steps to make this change a reality. It didn't seem like the managers really cared about the welfare of their teams and took for granted that they would put in the extra effort and hours.

    Advice to Management

    Managing people is a skill. When promoting someone who has good technical skills and experience to a managerial position it is critical to offer training or mentoring to ensure they fulfill their potential. If not the impact on the team is going to be negative and there will be problems retaining staff. HR need to be more aware of what is going on in departments and should know what signs to look for that indicate if things are not going well. More should be done to make the values that the University says it holds a reality.


  9. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, lots of clubs/societies, gym on-site, easy-ish to get to London (takes 50-60mins, NOT 30mins as advertised).

    Cons

    Terrible communication between departments, absolutely awful. Poor planning by high ups, no support for PhD students - doctoral research office does minimum possible to help with issues, no coherent progression plan, just generally not well organised and not interested in helping PhD students with career progression

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication and cohesion between departments, in particular admin staff who have no idea what they're doing. Better catering facilities for staff and postgrads during the summer - absolutely no reason why everything closes early, its not like we dont need to eat. More opportunity for PhD collaboration across departments, everything is very localised


  10. "Network Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Sup por tiv e te am

    Cons

    No thi ng i ca n thi nk

    Advice to Management

    NA


  11. "Fixed term contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Reading full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Short term contract related to the funds of the project, no career opportunity


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