University of Glasgow
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Good place to study- nice city and culture. Very friendly place and people although possible to get lost due to the size of the university. However a good four years.
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A really good university to work for

Friendly and helpful team. Supports research efforts with time and resource. A strong focus the student learning experience. A lot of investment going into expanding the workforce and new buildings.
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Insights into University of Glasgow

Based on 16 survey responses
What people like
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Ability to learn new things
Areas for improvement
  • Fair pay for job
  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager

Best job I've ever had by far

I'm biased due to how different things were during the pandemic with all the government assistance the university got, but regardless it was the best job I've ever had.My job was processing covid samples, which is a lot simpler and way less scary than it sounds. It's dull, easy work you can just get on with. Safety standards are super high, free testing is available on site whenever you want it. They aren't strict about speed or anything, just as long as you put in the effort. Pay is pretty good as well.Hours are long which could be stressful if that's new to you, but as someone who's worked in hospitality this was way less mind numbing. We got lots of paid downtime and early finishes, but with staff being massively downsized days are likely to be consistently busy.I was part of a large team, all very lovely to work with, very understanding and supportive. Great atmosphere, no problems at all.Management was far from the worst I've had but very hands off with very poor communication.Overall fantastic but this won't be a universal experience.
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Quite "Old School" and dominated by personalities

The VPs are ridiculously self-centred and keen to put down any form of protest or call for change. Easy on a quarter-million salary, right? Business side is poorly run, with an inflated workforce and no fresh talent (the IT department is stuck in the 1980s).


People probably won't notice if you don't do any work


Student fees spunked on private contracts. Having to deal with the VPs.
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Fun workplace

Worked as an Operations assistant in the Lighthouse lab in Glasgow during the Covid 19 pandemic. Worked with people from all backgrounds and nationalities in a fantastic atmosphere just sad that it had to end.
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environnement agréable

personnes à l'écoute et forte autonomie. Personnes très compétentes donc expérience enrichissante
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These quality guidelines really aren't the best. theyre far too easy to circumvent. maybe next time you'll have a quality guideline which isnt awful lol.
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Flexible and great work life balance but stressful with no clear leadership

The university environment means you have flexible hours and a relatively good work life balance. However, workload is heavy and there isn't much support available in my experience.
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Great place to work

Best office job I ever had. Great relaxing atmosphere. Friendly colleagues. Very nice location with access to Buyers Road with good shops and restaurants. Work processes straight forward and well organised.


Nice location


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Typical academic environment

The pay and benefits are the same as other large universities, and the problems are the same. Lack of consistent funding and short term contracts make academia unstable and precarious, especially for ECRs and this is true at Glasgow.


Opportunities for networking


Competitive and elitist academic work culture
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Great work life balance.

Really enjoyed working here, typical shifts were 8-4 or 10-6 with the odd weekend or overnight (which you were paid extra for). Basic pay is ok but you can earn much more elsewhere, it really was the work life balance that attracted me. They also have a very generous pension scheme and great ill health cover.


Good hours, supportive management.


Lack of internal promotion.
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Great work colleague but long hours

Fantastic work colleagues who were very supportive of one another and across the University culture of wanting to do the right thing. It was however difficult you achieve your work in contractual hours constantly working extra hours just to keep a float. Management said the right things but didn't always implement into working reality.


Great and supportuve work colleagues and clients


Long hours and poor management
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Very educational work place but treats new staff badly

Does not treat new temp staff very well.Was promised career progression and a full time contract that never came.Was paid minimum wage Poor management and lack of training


Interesting work- learned alot about animals


Poor wage, lack of training and lack of career development
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If not a yes person you woont fit in

You will get bullied, there is lots of racists work there ,and it's not how good you are its who you know ,theres more family in there than friends, as in one family has at least 4 member working for them ,and they get way with everything


No free lunch


Monday to Friday
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An okay place to work

There was a lot to learn having never worked in a university before as there are a lot of niche terms and jargon to understand, however once you learn it you find yourself using it constantly! There were some good people with innovative ideas who were trying to make changes to processes however unfortunately there was resistance to change from others from all areas not just within recruitment. University of Glasgow is a beautiful place and so are the surroundings in the west end of Glasgow.


Good colleagues, lovely buildings


Very rigid 9-5 culture compared to more flexi approach in other organisations
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Buen ambiente de trabajo

El trabajo allí se hizo muy ameno, ya que, la política de trabajo no resulta asfixiante para el trabajador. El comportamiento y trato entre compañeros es muy abierto y amable.
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Great people would highly recommended to work, diverse people. Hr system needs improvement It system works great. Staff have limited health benefits.
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Really fantastic team leader

I worked with a really caring team lead who explained the ropes to myself and my colleagues and who was really flexible. He didn't shout at people but kindly explained what needed to be done.
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Productive Workplace nice atmopshere

Everyone knew what they had to do and worked diligently to get it done. Nice relaxed atmosphere when the work was done as well. Lots of support for the staff.
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Excellent working environment

Highly recommend, I started as a temp through a recruitment agency and secured a permanent post within 1 year. Good pay, great work life balance, supportive managers and excellent benefits.
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Great place to study

I have conducted my phd in chemistry at the university of glasgow. It depends largely on the management style of your phd supervisor, but working hours can be quite flexible and you can conduct your own research freely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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