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Great environment Wages and pension ace . Staff good working environment shift work steady but good balance would recommend other departments to start with
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Unpleasant and stressful and not good for your mental health

What is the best part of working at the company?There is nothing good about working at this university What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Working with others here because your face won't fit as being a newbie and you'll be ostracised What is the work environment and culture like at the company?It's totally rubbish. If you're not part of the inner circle you may as well not be there What is a typical day like for you at the company?Totally rubbish and stressful
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last 15 years

My department is great and is very supportive. Workloads are a bit on the high side but this is acknowledged are the dept does what it can to reduce workload. Morale is pretty bad because of continual loss of pay and imposition from University Management. Compared to other Unis it is probably not too bad
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Friendly workplace

Good pay and very supportive managers. Flexible working allowed which makes for a good work-life balance. Colleges all lovely to work with. Would recommend
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No training, isolated

Great perks, good annual leave, closure days at Christmas, good sick leave. However, you are not trained in your job - just thrown in and expected to get on with it, not a supportive environment at all.
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Great prospect for personal and professional development

I have worked at the University of Sheffield on fix term/casual contract whilst studying. The hourly rate is excellent especially if you are a student. I got the chance to co-author and publish my first journal articles, and I gained deep research and analyst skills, which helped me and my first job. The only negative is that these are casual contracts and do not contribute to pensions etc, and are meant to be short, which is ideal for undergraduate/postgraduate/PhD students, but in the long term, it might not be ideal to rely on those solely.
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What is the best part of working at the company?A very good employer and excellent work environment.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?In my experience, there was no stress - a nice place to work.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Very good. Excellent work environment.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Interesting, varied, enjoyable.
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It brought me up to speed.

What is the best part of working at the company?Extraordinarily well organised and supported with an enormous amount of materials. Lots of support from management available on tap. Also, they have innovated and do team teaching. Team teaching is a sensible approach to online teaching and learning. I needed to be convinced - and I was. Of course, your experience will depend on the person you are working with, but it also depends on you. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Getting used to the new systems as a new tutor.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?On the whole, extremely positive and supportive.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Preparation at 8 am. Meeting with co-tutor at 9 pm. Classes at 9.30. Teach and tutor until 2 pm. Meetings and training in the afternoon. Admin and correcting work. Work carries over to Saturday. The course is intensive. It is imperative to balance screen time with other activities.
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What is the best part of working at the company?the experience gained working in a team and an amazing colleagues What is the most stressful part about working at the company?finishing up a task and meeting up deadlinesWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?the work environment is conducive as every equipment needed to perform a particular task was providedWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?every day i tend to learn new things and whatever i'm not too sure about, i ask my supervisor.
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Friendly staff and flexible work

Amazingly friendly and cooperative staff, very conscious of the student workload, and did their best to work around our schedules. The work itself was very varied, which made it fun - from podcasts to module reviews.
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Great place to work

Enjoyable and welcoming work environment. There was always lots to learn and fantastic coworkers who were engaged and interested in the work. Left the role to relocate with family.
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Not a nice place to work

As a post-graduate researcher, working at numerus institutions , this has to be the worst place I have ever worked. There is a toxic culture and an arrogance in regards to the prestige of the University. The department I work has an under deserved arrogance, with the opinion that we should be grateful to work there and the scraps with which we are fed. The are multitudes of nonsensical streams of bureaucracy that seem to only serve has a hinderance to productivity and stifle creative. My CPD is all but non-existent, with minimal support for fellowship applications.
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Not great

Not a great place to work at the moment due to senior management, who have adopted a very confrontational approach to staff engaging in collective action
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Important and fulfilling work

It was a volunteer service as part of the UoS. I enjoyed my work there. It felt important and worthwhile. The kids were great and my fellow co-workers were really friendly.
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I loved working as a digital ambassador. The pay was amazing and the workload wasn't too much on top of uni work. It was a really enjoyable experience!
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Peaceful Workplace good working environment

All the staffs and colleagues are very friendly and offer help to new employees. The working environment was fantastic with a staff room for lunch break.
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Great place to work, staff are lovely and you are treated well. Manager is understanding and pay grades are reviewed yearly. I feel at home and like I can progress.
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Well paid

A great student job. The hourly pay is well above minimum wage (and there's holiday pay on top of the base rate). Good opportunities for anyone sociable, including open days. The only downside is that hours are never guaranteed. Even if you're booked onto an open day, you may end up working more or less hours than planned.
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Poor management, no progression

Management do not listen to any suggestions. Changes that are needed are either slow or never happen. There is no career progression for anyone that isn't an academic.
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Very good job

Worked here as a student ambassador and it was very nice experience. Lovely people and lovely students. 100 percent recommend. Payment was also very fair. Only problem was limited shifts due to many workers.
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Great environment,long hours.

If you believe in education, passing your skills and knowledge to others, then this is the place for you, as with any teaching role, your work never ends, expect a lot of "out of hours work", preparing and marking work/life balance 6/10.


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Long hours when I clouding your preparation and marking ti.e
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Based on 252 reviews

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

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