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Really good flexibility and pay, it is the perfect job to have as a studentOnly downside is it can be a struggle to get very regular work due to how jobs are allocated
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low pay, incompetent HR team

low pay, incompetent HR team, terrible working conditions, Basically do not do it unless you don't really need it for your CV. The only good thing is the academic staff who are really friendly and supportive. The administration and the HR however are ....well let's say not very good at their job.
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Supportive place to work

Good place to work. Very friendly and supportive colleagues. Interesting work and able to work in a hybrid role. It can be difficult getting the academic faculties to respond on occasions and constant changing of staff but most people are very approachable when assistance is required.


People, interesting role


Lack of opportunities to progress
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Interesting environment, lots of job opportunities

Wide range of administrative roles, of all descriptions. Pay and conditions are great. Most jobs are hybrid. Opportunities to move between departments / divisions / faculties. Some roles are unecessarily complicated by matrix management structures, or complex processes, but on the whole, a great employer.
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Good place to learn

Had a good time studying here. The city is a beautiful place. The staff are helpful, although you need to be self-driven. They will not push you unless you are really slacking or are pushing yourself.
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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Time and location flexibility

Great colleagues and interesting work but no job security

I love working at the university but because of the role I have, there is no job security and contracts are usually for a relatively short period of time. For me they have ranged from less than a year to two years. I have worked for the university only since 2019 and in that time have had to apply for three different jobs and have had three very different interviews. There are lots of benefits including generous leave allowance and my colleagues are great but I couldn't recommend if job security is important to you.


Generous holidays. Great team mates and ethos


Everyone overworked. Lack of job security in lots of posts.
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busy but good

busy place but great atmosphere and very supportive of progression, places on campus are really chilled, or buzzing depends on your needs. grounds are realaxing and it feels like a small town
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Productive and fun workplace

Such an amazing experience! Little bit stressful sometimes with the amount of students who need contact, but for the most part, the job was not too intense.
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Chill and free place to work

The working environment is chill and flexible. But the job in the department really depends on the funding availability. The work-life balance is perfect.
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I really enjoy working for the university of exeter, good pay, nice campus, nice staff. great environment, I don’t have a degree and have had progression opportunities
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Nice place

Good place to work. Students can stay close to campus activities and earn at the same time. Overall a very enriching experience.Also, good flexibility by choosing and applying for the tasks which suits you the most,
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don't mind working here

it is very nice working here, there is nothing bad and pay is really good. have really nice colleagues which make work enjoyable.
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Good company to work for

Overall a good, solid place to work. A lot depends on which department or team you end up working in. But it is generally a well organised organisation and staff are looked after.
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Brilliant and Accomodating

The University of Exeter is a brilliant employer - they pay incredibly fairly and always look out for their staff. Would definitely recommend working here!
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Exciting and Varied Jobs

Working as a student ambassador meant I could pick work up whilst I studied, There was always work available and this was always supported and varied in activities.If you needed prep for the event management were always helpful in supplying you with any information you needed and happy to answer any questions you had.


Good Pay
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Friendly bunch of people

Very friendly team. Job dull but the team made it as fun as they would do. Working from home options are good and relaxed atmosphere in the office is fun
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PhD student

LSI is the newest building in UoE, with nice facilities, good working environment, lots of support. People are friendly and easy to work with. exeter is a small town.
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Politics, Politics,Politics

If you want to work here, definitely look beyond the wellbeing washing to see what really goes on. This is a very much a corporate environment with a just do it ethos, regardless of resource, time scales, other priorities. The politics is astounding and unproductive and will get to you in the end unless you love that kind of workplace.
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Stimulating work environment

Employee experience varies greatly depending on team, role and department. A lot of freedom as research staff, although most are on fixed term contracts so less job security. Teaching staff typically have permanent contracts but are under more pressure.




Low job security
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Cooperative work environment

Opportunity to work with academics on a range of research topicsDiverse work environment Great work life balanceBeautiful campus to work in and meet new people
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Great place to work

Had a research internship at the university. Great staff and a great place to work, although I was only employed for a short period of a summer internship.
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Based on 165 reviews

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

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