University of Reading
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been working there for 2 months and everyone has been good. the salary was almost the same market rate for an IT admin. pension is exceptionally good @ 22%. However, buildings and work building is poor with a lack of facilities and also need of decoration. The role seemed slightly pigeon-holed hope this changes soon.
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Great institution

A great research institution. They have very resourceful and experienced academic staff. I recommend Reading university for anyone intending to pursue a degree in an environmental field.
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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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fun place to work

very friendly and helpful colleagues, calm working environment, pressure during work is reasonable, - they also have good salary benefits and nice pension scheme which also accounts for future investment.
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Interesting and fulfilling work

great to build relationships with students and help them to achieve their full potential. As I am employed on a 'zero hours' contract it is difficult to guarantee security.
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Productive and welcoming enviornment

This job offers me the opportunity to work within numerous different disciplines, from marketing to admin work with the support of several fellow office workers. My superior is particularly friendly and supportive and allows opportunities for me to work autonomously as well as adhering to given tasks. I always feel as if my work is contributing to the scheme and that I am a valued member of the team.
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Interesting and Fun

Here I helped process materials as a lab assistant. This is a different sector to what I usually am use to and I had the best researchers and professors in the department working with me. The hardest part of the job was leaving at the end of the day!


Great atmosphere, SCR pass


Temporary Contracts only
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Welcoming and Supportive

The Team at Reading University supported my throughout the two weeks work experience. They were happy to teach me the skills required to complete each task, as such I was quick to pick them up and made great progress while I was there. As it was volunteering I didn't earn any money, but the university provided accommodation so I was able to save money on transport and focus on the work at hand each day.


Free Lunch and Accomodations
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Flexible work

The University of Reading take into account that you may be a student so are flexible when it comes to assigning you hours to work. Working as part of the calling campaign was fun, easy and very relaxed.


Free biscuits.


Took a while to get paid, but was paid around the time they said.
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volunteer excavation

An excellent excavation, and a really interesting project. Overall, well run, nice food from mobile caterers provided and an excellent opportunity to develop skills.


free food


bad weather
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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 Salary, Good flexibility

I work as a student note taker. The salary is excellent, and the flexibility around my studies is very good (e.g. if a date was close to my dissertation submission date, my shifts were covered no questions asked).
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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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Good University

Great Campus and staff, who were always available to offer and assistance that maybe required. Loads of activities to partake both on the campus and outside in town.
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Fun place surrounded by many friendly people

Fun place surrounded by many friendly people. I was able to greet countless new students and their family to the university and ensure that they felt comfortable and welcome.
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Busy environment

Working in the library at the University of Reading is often varied as staff participate in a number of different tasks throughout the different departments.
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A great place to work

Every day was different, working on the Information desk was interesting helping students and staff from many different cultures. Providing support for online e-resources, helping out with self-service machines and registering library members. The academic library was used by around 2,000 people each day so it was very busy. Providing staff cover for all the service areas was the start of my day, opening up on time, looking after staff rotas. Organising the workload for a team of library assistants for the day dealing with any problems from the evening staff. Supervision of a team of library assistants (around 10), & part-time student shelvers. My colleagues were very nice people, very helpful and good team players. It was my responsibility to retrieve overdue library stock, look after fines, bills and student University library debt. The most challenging part of the day was staff shortages as all front line services had to be manned. I really enjoyed training new library staff.


Beautiful campus, lovely grounds.
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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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very enjoyable

With the efficient cooperation between me and the other researcher, we have contributed to the fundamental understanding of these novel hybrid materials, including how their self-assembly impacts on both their optical and redox properties, and also created a novel technology platform for optoelectronics, centred on more sustainable metal sources (low toxicity and reasonably priced Mo) than current technologies (. precious metals or toxic Pb or Cd based Materials).
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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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Busy but fun environment

Answering a high volume of incoming calls for Adjustment and Clearing applications for A-level students trying to get into the university. This involved: - Completing short courses on the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. - Familiarising with all the various types of international qualifications. - Adapting to any questions regarding the Adjustment and Clearing process and/or the University itself.
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Based on 116 reviews

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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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