Student Caller (Former Employee) – Edinburgh – 4 June 2018
The job is to call up alumni, initiate a conversation with them, and (hopefully) obtain a donation to university funds. A lot of time is spent calling people who do not pick up, but when they do, conversations can often be very rewarding.
Temporary Contract (Former Employee) – All over – 6 April 2018
No career advancement. Too many staff hiding here for years too scared to work out in private sector, staying for benefits. Once you are pigeon holed into a grade you are stuck there. Depends which school you work for but business school has too many ex recruiters. Wouldn’t want to think I pay 30k for an mba and am Being taught by a recruitment consultant!
Communications and Engagement Officer (Current Employee) – Edinburgh – 2 April 2018
Speaking only from personal experience, employees are well taken care of with solid benefits packages and respectful management. It's an international organisation with the opportunity for good work life balance.
I enjoyed my time working at Edinburgh University. I gained a huge amount of knowledge and experiences working in a science lab every day. No two days were the same. Very varied duties carried out each day.
Visitor Centre Manager (Former Employee) – Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh – 24 January 2018
Working at the University of Edinburgh was a wonderful time. opened the new Visitor centre and introduced an area that allowed students and visitors to learn more about the University - its history, courses and role in the Edinburgh society.
Technical (Former Employee) – Edinburgh – 7 January 2018
Permenant positions are very secure but there are a lot of short term contracts that I know people are less than happy with. There is a lot of in-house training, some of which is compulsory. Others you may need to ask for if you want to, for instance fire steward and first aid, it really depends on your role within the organisation
Very much depends on management, there appears to be a great deal of variation between departments, pension is good, well equipped workplace, good health and safety
I struggle at times to book the holiday time I would like
Resident Assistant (Current Employee) – Edinburgh – 21 November 2017
I strongly recommend Edinburgh for anything in Informatics. As an undergraduate programme, it is certainty top three in the country for the above aspects, and in my opinion superior in some ways to Oxbridge due to the additional year, breadth and depth of courses, and unique access to faculty and facilities. Edinburgh enjoys as good or better reputation than Oxbridge in the academic community for AI/CS, though to the general public this is not the case.
Secretary/Administrator (Former Employee) – Edinburgh – 16 November 2017
Perhaps it was my specific job but there were no development opportunities and felt very much like I was to remain "in my box" as it were. A lot of hierarchy. Fantastic benefits though but with lack of progression, the pay was slightly below standard. You do get a pay scale though so each year your salary increases by around £500.
Pay scale increase, benefits
Hierarchy, lack of direction and development (in my position)
My time working at Edinburgh has in general been very good: the salary is decent, my direct boss has been excellent, and the work is intellectually stimulating and rewarding.
However, there is one major problem: as a full-time PhD student, there are quite arbitrary and bizarre constraints placed upon how many hours you are allowed to work on top of this.
As someone who is keeping to time on their PhD progress, this is deeply frustrating. I have had many issues with the University management in trying to get enough hours of teaching and research work such that I can earn a decent wage (as PhDs are not well paid). The latest ruling is that we are allowed to work a total of 9 hours extra per week. This is simply not enough to get the kind of work experience needed to be competitive on the academic job market once we submit and graduate, nor indeed is it enough to be competitive elsewhere should we choose to leave academia.
It's disappointing to have any otherwise great experience marred by pointless bureaucracy.