University of Reading
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Supportive Environment

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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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Busy role

A busy role. Not much training. Bureaucratic and slow at times. Work life balance needs addressing for certain roles. Nice campus, good flexible working.
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Fun workplace

Really flexible place to work, especially around studies. Big team so always meeting new people. A range of quiet and busy shifts, and you can pick and choose when to work/how often.




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Push you to excellence

Always encouraging, pay well, great work and social life balance. Would highly recommend the university of reading. An excellent employer with opportunities to progress
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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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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 workplace

A friendly enviroment filled with helpful people. excellent salary and loads of jobs available for students offering flexibility and amazing experience.


fridnly good wages


long hours
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Goof experience especially for students who are looking to earn some extra money whilst gaining skills in a comfortable environment. Would highly recommend
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Review of Bars Reading

Working for bars has been my favourite role of employment todate, and am sad to have to leave, due to leaving Reading. There was never a shift I disliked, although some shifts were slower than others and some particulary busyand face paced, it was the people who I worked with and the people I worked for that made me enjoy this job so much. I would highly recommend this job to any reading university student. The hardest part of the job is the work/Uni balance but as managemnt understand you are there to be at university they are often very accomadating.


great staff


drunk students
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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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good atmosphere

always something new, no two shifts the same. sometimes get to meet well known performers and also other events like comedy and drama.


meet celebrities, good music, friendly staff


long hours, cold, on feet
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Amazing job never leaving!!

Everyday is so varied and everyone on campus so helpful and happy. Nothing is to much trouble for anyone. Always heard was a good place to work but can say now they were right. Manager is a real person not a business clone like old job, genuinally interested in me as a person and co-worker not fake.


Flexible working, great co-workers, job satisfaction


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Hard work expected but great people to work with

There is a hard work ethic within the University. However the extra that people do is not always acknowledged; it depends on the department you are in and the Director of that department. There are some great staff and the grounds are fantastic.


No fixed working hours per week


No fixed working hours per week
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Great place to work and thriwe

I cannot speak for the entire University of Reading, but Meteorology department is great and very keen on giving the best to it's employees and research staff, consciously looking to improve everyone's work/life balance, women equality and especially supporting new mum's returning to work.
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Relaxed and interesting place to work

The University of Reading is a fun place to work with good colleagues and a friendly atmosphere. You are given freedom to explore your own ideas. Career development very much depends on what manager you have and there is not much scope for upwards movement in my department as it is quite small.
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Great place for research

I am with University of Reading for last three years and it is one of the best places one can chose for research. As a researcher, I am free to chose how I work. I start early and finish early but there are others who prefer late evenings for work and it works very well either way. Working with some of the best brains in the world means I learn continuously from them. The hardest part of being a researcher is to be creative and effective at the same time and to expect the unexpected at any point of time.


Great work environment


Sometimes you need to work almost 24x7
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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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