University of Southampton Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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  1. PhD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Possibilities to work in a dynamic environment

    Cons

    load work very important, depends on the topic

  2. Did my masters dissertation in Finance, good facilities (Bloomberg access, most programming languages available)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great nightlife available in town when you are free

    Cons

    Not the highest rated university

  3. Great experience but empty during summer

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    Former Employee - Studentship
    Former Employee - Studentship

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    engaging work, great work environment, helpful accounting/support staff, free cupcakes!

    Cons

    not much happening in Southampton during the summer

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  5. senior research assitant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Pros

    great working environments, managers and colleagues are nice

    Cons

    you need manage your time well

  6. Relaxed, academic atmosphere.

    Former Intern - Placement Intern in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Placement Intern in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Time and support to develop new skills. Autonomous working. Making a difference.

    Cons

    None while I was there.

  7. Wonderful place to work. High pay. Average work load.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, High pay

    Cons

    Could be stressful when things go wrong

  8. Lecturer in Soc Sci

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff in my dept
    Never had problems with management

    Cons

    Random decisions from on-high can sometimes occur, e.g. changing around all the admin roles at once, or refusing to accept that there is a market price for certain professors.

  9. Mainly positive experience, but some negatives

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    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Attractive main campus with lots of green space. Good support of interdisciplinary working. Excellent academic and research staff in general. Department heads and deans can be very supportive (with some caveats). Overall I have found it a positive experience to work at Southampton and over the time I have been here there have been substantial improvements in many areas. For example, I think over the past few years the support provided to ECRs has improved a lot, and there is now more focus on research staff development, supporting fellowship applications etc. However, I think you need to be proactive to get the most out of your time here.

    Cons

    Some excellent researchers are sidelined in a way, because their research is not high impact, or they are not bringing in large grants...even when they are recognised to be the top of their field.
    Opaque and variable practices with regards to retaining early career researchers, but generally not a great deal of job security (although this is similar across academia as a whole).
    The level of attention by supervisors/other more senior academics to things like appraisals or internal review of grant applications is highly variable. E.g. can be difficult to find someone who will give a very rigorous and critical internal review of a proposal.
    Southampton in general is not a particularly nice city, but the surrounding countryside, towns and villages are beautiful and the area in general is a nice area to live in.
    Food available on campus is fairly poor.
    "Staff club" is no longer only for staff. "Staff bar" generally closes at about 6pm.
    General dislike of upper management within the university which reduces staff morale and motivation. In particular VC pay is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Take more notice of what the majority of people that keep the university running want (hint: those are the lecturers, researchers, profs and support staff, not the top management). Reduce the salaries of the top earners.

  10. Great company to work for if you work in one of the offices, not so much in the field

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Development Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Sales Development Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture, good support, great benefits and incentives

    Cons

    Field sales is a lonely job where it's difficult to hit targets. Also the company insists on silly 'steps to the call' to employ in a sales conversation which, in my experience, negatively affected my relationship with my customers.
    Also they preach that experience and movement to different departments is both available and supported, however this was not true

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that field sales employees are well looked after and have more team contact time

  11. Great university

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    Former Contractor - Humanities Assistant
    Former Contractor - Humanities Assistant

    I worked at University of Southampton as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    passionate staff, great resources, green campus

    Cons

    some of the staff in leadership positions (eg: dissertations coordinators) are not the most adequate choices

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