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I work within research at the uni and have found the area very supportive, there are lots of career opportunities and engagement options. The management may be a little harder to navigate but on the day to day I enjoy my work
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Good for a job but not a career

The university is a good employer to work for if you want to (at least in my area) work with nice colleagues and meet interesting people. Management mostly leave you alone to get on with the job, so a lot of self task allocation.The career progression however is almost non existent. If you want to advance you have to apply internally for other roles. If you're just starting out in the world of work and want some learning opportunities (on subjects/ equipment etc) or just want a job to have money coming in go for it.


Mostly relaxed work pace, nice/interesting academics/staff & learning opportunities


Low pay for area, poor career progression & understaffed IT/Estates departments
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Great workplace

Relaxed and friendly culture, everyone is warm and welcoming. Salary is alright, kitchen might need a revamp. Management is great as they’re always supportive. Loved working there!
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Great place to work

Great place to work would recommend the collaboration is great to be part off.Fantastic campus, people management 👏 You are accountable.You are valued


Great Campus


24 hour site
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Terrible place to work

Support centre work is terrible, low pay compared to high volume of work on daily basis not including adhoc duties that may arise. All issues I've reported to my managers during my nearly 2 years in the role of Programme Administrator have gone absolutely nowhere and Upper Management seems purposefully kept out of the loop. Academic staff are rude with combative attitudes toward Support colleagues, overall a completely demoralising place to work for with no chance of progression or incentive to stay.
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The university is okay to work for providing you have a good line manager. There is a general feeling that the left hand doesn't talk to the right hand sometimes; however, if you can get through that most of the people you work with make it worth the effort. Great people, average management/leadership, good work environment.
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Lots of walking between building on a HUGE campus

Jan to April 2018 I taught Management Accounting to 42 postgraduate Chinese learners at the University of Reading. Good management and support services for lecturers.
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Onderzoeksgerichte universiteit

De afdeling Psychologie aan de University of Reading is een prettige plek om onderzoek te doen, als student of bij een vaste aanstelling. De campus is schitterend en er heerst een goede sfeer. Doordat de UoR een focus op onderzoek heeft, zijn stafleden gedreven en goed in de begeleiding op het gebied van publiceren.
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Great campus and relaxed atmosphere.

Higher management don't recognise IT and support functions. Money is spent on student expectations only. Very limited progression opportunities. Lovely campus. Flexible hours.
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Excellent place to work!

Worked at SportsPark, was great fun. Excellent team and management. Well organised 3 week shift pattern. Everyone is friendly and there is no stress during the job. Would highly recommend! Also a very good salary for what you do. University is well run for booking holidays etc.


Fun, salary, organised, management


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Great team spirit

Interesting variety of role and responsibilities, some degree of flexibility and ability to prioritise workload. Great team spirit and communal approach to achieve targets. Everyone driven to do well and provide an excellent service.


Ability to directly help with student learning


Management structures unclear
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DLHE Caller

This was a good part time job for a student and the management was laid back and understanding and worked with you in order to help achieve goals. I wish I could still work for them.
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No and again no!

I have work for University of Reading in a catering-hospitality department for good few years,and everything I can say do not even start!!!.Is runing down and down,they never have enough people,payment if small,all wais busy.Manager of department is constantly lie, make u work extra hours,Is terrible!!!No and no ever again.


bad management
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Challenging, always progressing, fun atmosphere

Typically the job of a supervisor includes the efficient running of your bar, leading a team in order to accurately set up and effectively close down the venue including proper cleaning and maintenance of stock. It is also imperative we can correctly cash up our tills and bank all bars of the venue ready for the finance department. The management is incredibly approachable and helpful, they go above and beyond to make sure the environment is enjoyable whilst at the same time efficient and productive through the day and night. The hardest part of the job would be dealing with the fast paced environment on a busy night shift while helping new staff and creating an enjoyable atmosphere, maintaining stock and ensuring the tills have enough change. What I enjoy the most is the challenge of staying on top of all tasks and training new staff to a high level.


Great atmosphere and colleagues.


Long over night hours.
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Great campus. Good management and support offered. Would recommend to anyone interested. Little negatives to provide based on experiences gained and work/life balance
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University, great lecturers who are insightful and caring, poor management

Each day would include reading multiple papers, summarising them in short concise paragraphs to be shared with the rest of the group, working with PhD students and Postdoc's and experimenting with novel methods for data analysis. 3 meetings a week with groups of academics in both formal and informal environments. The Bluesky nature of the research was liberating and resulted in conclusions that shaped the rest of my degree and way i approach signal processing problems.


Dedicated research environment with great resources, interdisciplinary work


Poor macroscopic University management
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Management need training in how to manage people!

It used to be a great place to work (I've been there 10 years). However management turn a blind eye to bullying and don't want to know when it's brought up. They will always have excuses for the Senior member of staff's behaviour and will turn it round to the complainer who is usually more junior and will become the fall guy. I was told to put up with it and then told it's my fault. There is a major blame culture going on. It's a shame because it could be (and was) a good place to work but not anymore.


Lovely campus
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Worst management I've experienced in over 24 years of employment

Awful management and decision making. Culture of bullying which is accepted (swept under carpet) by management. Extremely unstable at moment due to cuts.


Beautiful campus, lots of perks such as free training, lunchtime concerts, bike maintenance, discounts etc.


Extremely poor management, culture of bullying which is accepted by management, spent millions on PwC consultancy whilst making hundreds of staff redundant
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Excellent place to work

I have undertaken research at the University of Reading for the past few months, where I have investigated epilepsy. My responsibilities included measurement of activity from epileptic animal tissue, extraction of animal tissue for experimentation, creating animal models of epilepsy and animal behaviour tests. The management and co-workers were very friendly and helpful.


Great supervisors and learnt wide range of skills


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4.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
4.0 out of 5 stars for Management
4.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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