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I worked with a wonderful lecturer who was not rude or mean and understood when my classes clashed with my job. I found the job interesting because it forced me to relearn things and even gain new knowledge and experience from having to teach the students.
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Good university

Very helpful staff, some great people to meet, high quality research in the medical field. Beautiful university. Amazing work life balance. Some interesting training opportunities,
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Interesting and varied work

Great colleagues but senior management out of touch. Varied work but not a lot of opportunities for promotion if you work in administration compared to academics
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Not what I expected

Not what I expected. Could do with more interaction and more modern office. Working with no windows or daylight is not great. They don’t have flexible working hours.
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Good place. Nice location. Great amenities. Interesting and diverse range of people. Atmosphere is welcoming. Helpful staff.IT department may occasionally let you down so dependence should be cautionary.
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Toxic workplace

I joined during the pandemic and was never introduced to the team for 6 months. Within the team, there was constant fighting. The manager made inappropriate comments about the PhD student. There was no feedback given or clear direction. The atmosphere was very toxic.The training was sorely lacking and there was clear favouritism about the allocation of reagents and resources. No opportunities to meet other postdocs.


Fair pay


No sense of community
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Employee Culture differs between departments

There is a notable difference in workplace culture between the schools and internal departments. In my experiences, the more remote areas have the best sense of community, like DJCAD and Ninewells Campus. The latter in particular had so many lovely people in all levels working there, and were often more supportive and understanding of mental health issues than those working within the main university campus.


Nice People, Laid back environment


Difficult to Progress
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Was good to begin with

Started out a good place to work years ago, however change of management and attitudes towards lower paid members of staff has made it an absolute nightmare in recent years. Local school management carry out poorly organised organisational changes whenever they want. These are constantly looming over your head, and then dragged out for years so you are constantly stressed about whether or not you will be kept on, or made redundant. Plus they are happy to tear up your contract and downgrade your pay whenever they see it suits them. University management also think nothing of lower paid workers and their long-term futures, destroying pension schemes and removing any other benefits.If you do decide to work at the University of Dundee... Good luck... and join a campus union ASAP, you will need it!


Great interactions with students


Disgusting management culture
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Fun and Productive Workplace

Very enjoyable Summer Job with the Cleaning Helpline, allowed me to build confidence as it was my first job. Well run department which was more than happy to help when issues arose.
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Fun, fast-paced, yet relaxed place to work

I spent just under a year working within the UoDIT department and it was a really good environment to work in. The team were mostly really good fun to be around and work with, which helped make the demands placed upon the department easier to deal with.
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Fun/ challenging great place to work with new experiences ever day that would help to build on my ever expanding knowledge and allow me to progress further over time
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- Fun and friendly atmosphere - Amazing and approachable staff, always willing to help - Worked as a Student Ambassador doing campus tours, assisting with workshops, etc.
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Relaxed and Pleasant

Staff and colleagues are present and are always happy to help. This is especially helpful as a new employee looking to generate contacts and get off to productive start.
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the division was a great place to work

The division I worked in was fantatsic. However, the Life Sciences institution I did not enjoy working with. I love science but was disappointed with the experience.


great work life balance


low income
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Getting harder to enjoy my work decided to take early retirement due to amount of work expected and standard of fitters coming through the system

Organise work before hand for the four fitters. This involved planned maintenance & reactive repair work. Dealing with work lines where any university employee or student phones in with complaints such as lack of heat in room. Ensue manager is kept up to date with any problems during the working day. Dealing with any requests from manager and projects regards future work. Ensure manager & project team are made aware of plant condition and time for replacement. Compile all risk assessments and method statements required for work to be carried out. Prepare & arrange for insurance inspector to inspect all equipment under pressure regulations. Order all spares required for reactive and planned maintenance work. This is only a short description of the daily work.


Steady working hours


Lack of good engineers coming through the modern training system
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nice place to work and everyone cooperates to ensure smooth business transactions. There is also opportunity to interact with people from around the world.
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Suitable for students looking for part time job

Uni offers a lot of part time jobs for students. Flexible work hours with decent pay for an extra pocket money. Staff friendly calm working environment.
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kind of good

My overall experience was stressful though I had gone through with a good time as my colleagues were helping still sometimes it was very hard to balance work and studies since it was a part-time job and I was a fulltime student.
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Serious work environment

The learning opportunists provided by the University of Dundee has been outstanding. Working in a small group limits work space social interaction which at times can be difficult. However the University does provide a large number of sports and social groups which more than makes up for this.


Access to learning


Small work groups
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Productive and fun workplace

I gained a huge amount of laboratory experience from this placement and it gave me an insight into research. Most of the project was based on trial and error therefore I faced challenges everyday. To get to the end and have been successful was extremely rewarding. Colleagues were extremely helpful and friendly and so was my Supervisor.


learned a lot


There weren't any
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great staff poor management

The team can be great. The management is a bit messed up. The university Is your employer but you line manager is first port of call who tend to think they own the university and you. They are dictated by their line managers so despite your employers (uni of dundee) rules your line manager makes it up as they go along. It also is favuoratism. This is seen in many departments. Great in the sense of security of a job but management structure seems to be up to eat individual and they make it up as they go along. :/


secure pay, sick pay, good holiday pay


management, flexibility restriction with some departments
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Based on 55 reviews

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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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