Birkbeck, University of London Employee Reviews
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Very productive and a fun place to work. Our team is very supportive and we have a very good and supportive management team. The students are great to teach. they are eager to learn which makes delivery much easier. I would recommend working at Birkbeck University to anyone.
It is in Central London and is surrounded by other member colleges of the University of London.
Working hours are in the evenings to facilitate the students who work during the day.
Nearly 13 years here made intolerable by a cowardly and incompetent Human Resources department. I implemented and maintained a new payroll system for the whole college in my first two years. HR refused to use and maintain data correctly, flouted Data Protection and abandoned all statutory returns. My own management did not support when I raised my concerns. I resigned.
Ill disciplined and incompetent
I have done a couple of summer school programs at Birkbeck, helping to facilitate mock trials for summer school students who were thinking of going into Law. Everyone I encountered at Birkbeck was so helpful, I would 100% recommend.
Loads of space to create and learn.
No cons for me.
A good place to work. Support is given where necessary and the exam team are very approachable. They send a timetable out so you can apply for the invigilating jobs for when you are free. The only downside is that you only get allocated a fraction of what you apply for.
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Felt genuinely valued and encouraged to develop my skills and take on new responsibilities. The organisation has constantly successfully adapted to change over the time I’ve been there.
Friendly and supportive
Rigid hierarchy sometimes
Birkbeck have a great office environment as everyone helps each other is their roles. As Birkbeck has increased in size, the college has had difficulty employing the correct number of staff with the relevant work experience. Admin staff roles have a particularly high turnover due to the high numbers of students, stressful job expectation and nothing in place for a formal handover when new staff start. the benefit of a very high discount (90%) from course fee is meant to compensate for the fect that pays less than equivalent colleges in central london. Being a student is very rewarding at Birkbeck and if you wish for a cost effective way of getting a postgraduate degree.
Study support scheme (90%+ discount from courses offered at BBK), good office environment
large workload and stressful work environment during busiest time of year, managerial hierarchy prone to nepotism and cronyism.
A typical day was challenging; I was required to undertake a variety of tasks, many of which were expected to be performed at short notice. I found the management of an increasing workload especially difficult, but seeing the results of my work and the completion of individual projects was particularly rewarding. Above all, my time management and flexible working skills have improved enormously as a result of this experience. Birkbeck is a very sociable place to work with friendly and supportive colleagues, but my line management could have been more encouraging of my professional development and progression. On the whole, I have gained valuable professional experience and skills as a result of working here.
Sociable and supportive colleagues
I don't know other departments and other labs but the Psychology Department and especially Babylab is not friendly. No orientation, no welcoming. People do not talk to each other. They don't even greet each other. So they don't know each other's works and they can't collaborate. The first email you receive is not to say hello but to say what you are not allowed to. It is also common to receive emails like "who did my porridge in the fridge?" or "this is not a place to chat if you want to chat go out of the building and chat there!" or "close the database!". People eat their sandwiches at their desks. I can't say enough. It is the most unfriendly place I have ever seen.
Flexible working hours
When you are the face of the university to new and potential students, you must transmit them the great energy you feel at the campus. Not only as a student but part of the academia world. Birkbeck has amazing features like evening study, job wise opportunities and a job consultancy department where tailored job offers are given to our students!
Great team work
A very fun and dynamic place to work with plenty of opportunities. The environment is safe and pleasant. My role is very rewarding and challenging at the same time. There is a lot of expectations and I am in a target driven environment.
diverse work culture
Couldn’t have asked for a better workplace to work at. Balancing work and university life appropriately, it has made me realise that this is an environment where I would see my career path leading to.
Free lunches, breaks, great management
Not enough hours available to work due to first come first serve basis.