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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated 3 September 2014
Updated 3 September 2014
20 Reviews
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    PhD researcher

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

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Freedom, personal growth, excellent equipment and research teams. Campus is very nice, national parks nearby are beautiful. Would consider living in winchester and commuting however

    Cons

    Salary, work-life balance. Local town is quite poor, food on campus is bad, can be quite boring place to work. Not a lot of outside social organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    PhD Student in Biological Sciences.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent access to publications, new building/facilities, close knit department. Decent seminar programmes. A few big names in the department

    Cons

    Poor IT support, lack of working space, cannot access some journals (even some high impact ones), not as much technical support as one would like sometimes. Also the hospital lab facilities are old and in great need of updating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to researchers - things like a dedicated statistician, full access to ALL the important journals, and spend some money on the outdated hospital facilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    An interesting, vibrant place to work.

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    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of interesting, busy people, lots going on, main campus on nice park with lots of trees and flowers. Staff seem really engaged with their work. A top-ranking Russell Group university, doing lots of groundbreaking research in all sorts of areas.

    Cons

    For someone on a zero hours contract such as myself, the usual variability of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Decent benefits, but poor management

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generous holiday allowance. Campus is nice enough, with relatively easy access to the city centre and surrounding areas by bus, although train connections are a bit more challenging. Also easy access to a variety of Chinese food restaurants nearby.

    Cons

    Administration appears to care little for the impact of their policies on researchers. Little opportunity for early career researchers to distinguish themselves, however, this has been improving as of late. The amount of paperwork, harassment and bureaucracy imposed by health and safety is a significant impediment to performing research. Hired technical staff does not have sufficient background and expertise to perform their jobs at a reasonable standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider instituting policies to make it clear that all employees are valued by the University. Hiring appropriate support staff and providing conditions that promote creativity instead of imposing impediments to new ideas is crucial for a research orientated university. Being open with staff regarding changes to facilities would promote trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Best place to work in Southampton, UK

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    Former Employee - Web Analyst  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture
    Good compensation
    Friendly colleagues
    great progress opportunities
    world class facilities
    easy to access transport facilities

    Cons

    I could not figure out any shortcoming while working there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Best Place to work in Southampton, UK

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    Former Employee - Web Analyst  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I have really enjoyed my time at the university as it gave me opportunity t learn and progress. staff were very friendly and supportive. Also, University of Southampton has a very good pay grades with lots of extra perks for employees.

    Cons

    there is no downside of working in university of Southampton I believe.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Working in academia is hard because of bike shedding and penny pinching.

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

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great research, smart people, vibrant students with a willingness to learn and teach you in return.

    Cons

    Admin. The administration are the slowest, laziest kinds of people. Jobsworths through and through with no idea what the big picture is and intention to figure it out.

    The pointless Bureaucracy that is eating academia from the inside out is in full force in southampton.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire HR and Finance.
    Start again and under stand that these support staff need to SUPPORT staff...and SUPPORT students... and not act as a barrier every opportunity they have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Pretty good, nice and friendly staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Pros

    Good pay considering not very much prior experiencing needed for the job.
    Easy to get references and meet other fellow students and to diversify your experiences.

    Cons

    Cant think of many but one of them would be that most of the jobs at Students Services do not help your career in the long run in terms of they are not jobs that oculd help you settle they are rather only good for gaining some experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I am a 4th year PhD student in the university of Southampton.

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    Current Employee - Research Student  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    academically strong and well funded engineering department. World class facilities.

    Cons

    not enough feedback given. some professors are better than others.

    Recommends
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    research student in aerodynamics

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    Former Employee - Research Student  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    many expertise in aerodynamics, great research facilities such as wind tunnel and high performance computing.

    Cons

    food service is not good, student service is not very helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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