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Large office Management was not consistent in what they said Workplace culture varied from office to office Typical day was spent sending Emails with some phone calls Most enjoyable part of job was talking to volunteers by phone
On-site gym. Free pension contributions after qualifying time
Management was not good. Job Description was misleading to role
Supervision responsibilites vary depending on the course. Teaching is rewarding but marking can become overwhelming if too many courses are taken on. The academic workplace is supportive and friendly, but supervisors are expected to be more independent than at some other universities. This may be seen as a pro or a con depending on one's experience in the field.
Nice place to work good job, teamwork, pretty support from the employer. Very good work, attention to detail, and you are required to follow the cleaning standards of the University of Cambridge.
good package of benefits
some Saturdays it is necessary to work in conferences
Indecisive time wasters that don’t have a clear vision of what they want, their limitations and the rubbish IT systems. They pretend to be effective but are ineffective and very poor employers. I would not consider ever working for them again as they are the worst employers I have had and are totally out of touch with reality.
Unless you happen to be the number 1 researcher in your field and can get an academic position, there are basically zero career progression options. The salaries have to be comparable to other UK institutions (ie, not terrible but fairly modest compared to equivalent jobs working in industry), yet thanks to the well paying companies in the city the cost of living in Cambridge is very high - so actual disposable income is therefore relatively low. Academics (ie, lecturers and above) are treated like royalty (perhaps deservedly), while everyone else is effectively a second class citizen (generally undeservedly), almost like a caste system. Short term (1-2 year) contracts are the norm for all types of position except academics (who are wheeled out when they die), which means there is quite a high churn. Generally speaking people don't have trouble finding the next contract after their allotted 2 year stint, but it places an unhelpful level of stress towards the end - and naturally makes people look for (and often find) pastures new. Pre-reading for your interview should include the latest editions of The Economist and The Guardian.
The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209 and granted a Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university. The university grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople. The two 'ancient universities' share many common features and are often referred to jointly as 'Oxbridge'. The history and influence of the University of Cambridge have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
A big amount of resources, nice people, nice staff, a lot of smart and hard working students
Quite low salaries but high living cost
Everyone is annoyed at someone. Morale is low. Progression is near impossible unless you are already at the top. Permanent contracts and fair pay offered from the top down. A lot of bureaucracy and pie-in-the-sky ideas about how we can work together with no follow through.