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.
Benefits, holidays, work colleagues, training opportunities, work hours and work/life balance
lack of progression, slow pace of change and poor management