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Great environment
Personal Assistant (Former Employee) –  Holborn, Greater London23 January 2019
A great environment to work in although moral can be low due to constant changes and reactive culture rather than proactive.

Good benefits and working hard to make the culture more inclusive.
Pros
Great team and co-workers
Cons
Too much bureaucracy
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5.0
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Rewarding and demanding work sector
Administrator to Academics (Former Employee) –  Holborn and Covent Garden13 January 2019
The reputation of the LSE is well deserved and attracted a lot of media attention. Generosity from staff as well as students - but Higher Education demanding sector. Much expected from staff
Pros
Events and overtime
Cons
Long hours
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Curate's Egg - good in some places, rotten in others
Manager (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London10 January 2019
Individual colleagues are great and supportive. If you get the right line manager you'll have a significantly better experience. However, it is difficult to progress and get promotion because of internal processes. I feel there are issues still around diversity, blame and bullying culture. The School is trying very hard to fix them, but cultural and organisational change at the School is very difficult and very, very slow - senior management have a poor grasp of change management so restructures are often painful and badly handled. It can be incredibly difficult to get things done, which can be very frustrating. It's a shame also that so many poor management practices are tolerated, as that also holds the organisation back. Developmental training opportunities for admin staff have increased and improved markedly in the last year or two, but unfortunately the School still has few mechanisms to allow people to progress. And the HERA salary review system stifles progression and wages, particularly for those in admin or who have reached the top of their salary band. The benefits are good, work hours are generally flexible which makes for good work/life balance, leave is amazing and the pay is OK for the sector. Education is a rewarding environment to work in, the LSE is a prestigious institute that draws people from all over the world, and at a personal level you will work with some amazing and inspiring people. It would be ideal for someone coming for a couple of years as part of their onward career journey.
Pros
Benefits, holidays, work colleagues, training opportunities, work hours and work/life balance
Cons
lack of progression, slow pace of change and poor management
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Studied in LSE
Student Representative (Former Employee) –  London27 June 2018
Excellent professors and staff. Amazing facilites. Very good and strategic location in central London. Studied an MSc in Law and Accounting focusing mainly on financial law.
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Fun place where to work with nice colleagues. Absence of a strong management.
Catering Assistant/Event Receptionist/ Barista (Current Employee) –  Holborn, Greater London5 June 2018
Nice place where to work coz some nice people working there. But management is totally absent and unskilled. No way to growup. They offer Zero hours contract with first payment after two months. You work for an University but don't expect that skilled management.
Pros
Staff, extra hours, free weekends
Cons
management, contracts, payment.
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Overall good organisation
Accounts Officer (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London2 April 2018
Overall a good organisation to work in, work life balance is good, though job advancement is poor and can lead to dissatisfaction with the job.

Workplace is a friendly environment, not too strict, very good benefits for staff
Pros
Good benefits for staff, work/life is good
Cons
Poor advancement/promotions
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5.0
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Supportive and vibrant workplace
Alumni Relations Assistant (Current Employee) –  London12 March 2018
LSE treats its professional support staff with a high level of respect. they make good allowances for illness, appointments and have an excellent culture around supporting staff and helping with their development. I've only worked at LSE for a few months but working for them is excellent and fun.
Pros
Supportive management
Cons
None!
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Organized Workplace
Policy Advocacy (Internship) (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London10 February 2018
The initiative is very organized and fighting for a great cause.
The goal is to reconnect the citizens to the European Union which is needed after the Brexit.
Pros
Great Colleagues
Cons
Short Hours
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Excellent!
Soft Services Manager (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London17 January 2018
Excellent! It is a great place to work and I really enjoyed my time at the summer school. I have no complaints about the University whatsoever. Go for it!
Pros
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Cons
None
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4.0
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Student (Current Employee) –  London Bridge Station, Greater London16 November 2017
Im a student here, work life balance is good, great faculty, good teaching methods. Practical and theory combined to make learning fun an interesting.
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Very productive
Sales of Safes (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London14 September 2017
Would love to do it again. It was an eye opening experience in the world of sales to students, and I got to work with someone who made it very comfortable for me.
Pros
Short hours
Cons
Low wages
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great supportive environment
Occasional Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  accounting depratment7 July 2017
i had the chance to work closely with the head of accounting department on a research paper. He was amazing and very supportive. I mainly worked flexible hours and we met almost once every two weeks. Great mentor
Pros
support
Cons
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Good place
Assistant (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London1 July 2017
A good place to work. The office was in a good location and the people are very helpful. Great environment and the perfect place for young professionals. Room for internal promotions.
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summer fun
Kitchen Assistant (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London24 June 2017
This job was amazing and 6am starts, met lots of americam students only bad thing was that it didn't last longer. learned food safety and hygiene and met amazing people.
Pros
free lunch
Cons
early starts
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Nice workplace
Marketing Manager (Current Employee) –  Aldwych, Greater London15 May 2017
There is flexible working which is useful and creates a relaxed culture (ie. you don't get into trouble if not in at 9am on the dot). People on the whole are friendly but there is hardly any progression in a lot of areas.
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Useful Experience
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) –  London28 April 2017
Enjoyed my time teaching at the LSE. Gave me experience in teaching and leadership. I was able to work independently, set my own schedule, and teach by my own methods.
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LSE is a business
Manager (Former Employee) –  Central London6 April 2017
run on business lines so expect corporate culture rather than a traditional HE environment. That said the salaries are very high for the sector and the holiday entitlement is excellent.
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Workd class institution....shame about management
Professional Services. Academic Support (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London4 April 2017
Been employed by LSE for 15 years. Work with great academics. However in that time dynamics have changed, management no longer have clear direction. It has become more 'business' like and student demands are more than catered for. Staff do not receive support when required and progression, especially when working within an academic department is non existent. Once you hit your grade peak...that's it. Promotions are rare, as are increments. Lots of scope to move sideways around the School but not upwards.

If one does secure a job here, just don't make plans or have aspirations to move on up...unless your face fits. School focuses on Academic staff and no interest in support staff. On the plus side, there is one....a job here is secure.
Pros
Good holidays
Cons
Long hours, no overtime paid, no progression if a member of Professional Services
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5.0
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Mostly students
Student Administrator (Former Employee) –  Holborn, Greater London16 February 2017
An interesting University to work at. So much going on 3ver day. Organising Student courses, lunches, and evening activities at tge start of the new term.
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Good place to work
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London1 February 2017
Flexible hours, support for academic interests, free training in different areas, access to policy makers and journalists, there is a huge amount of academic resources, bureaucracy is a bit chaotic.
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