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Nice place to work.
Great place if you are white or black British. If you are BAME expect loads of racism.
And you will find it extremely difficult or maybe impossible to progress up the ladder if you are BAME.

Staff transport system is great. Private pension is great.
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Diverse
A varied role within a diverse organisation with many subject matter experts. Flexible working is good although many workers are contractors so job security is less so.
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Experience working as a core technical assistant
A typical day in the department of chemistry as a core technical assistant included performing technical duties to ensure the smooth running of the science chemistry laboratories along with assisting the senior technician with mundane and technical tasks. In the morning before students would arrive for lab practicals my tasks would include ensuring lab sinks/benches are kept cleaned and maintained, ensuring flammable chemicals were topped up, turning on machines for practicals and setting up practical sessions by arranging glassware and chemicals for particular experiment.

During the practicals duties would include making chemical solutions if needed, making consumables for experiments (TLC plates, spotters, melting point tubes), cleaning glassware and dealing with chemical waste and purchasing items from stores.


Towards the end of the day in the chemistry labs tasks would include close down of the chemistry labs from experiments. Chemical waste from the experiment fume hoods would be collected and compiled and fume hood would be emptied of used items and cleaned. After this used machines around the lab would be turned off and any remaining solid or liquid waste would be disposed of.


Culture of the workplace was the core technical assistant would work under the core technician and the core technician would work under the technical services manager. The hardest part of the job is being able to work under pressure and the most enjoyable was the variety of tasks in the job and working to a routine or structure.
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Avoid
I was bullied out of an academic role after more than 10 years of dedicated work. Others who simply did not do student and admin work they were paid for, but used the time to write and to earn elsewhere, were promoted. Vicious or weak departmental management controlled by cash-driven and inhumane central functions with no care for student or staff experience.
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Typical University
The postdoc experience at Warwick is broadly the same as it is everywhere. With all the ups and downs that that entails.

The campus is nice but transport links and parking are not great.
Pros
Nice campus
Cons
Long commute from Leamington
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Busy
Nice place to work, not always flexible

Competitive pay


Nice people


Big employer


Good cafes

Good gym

Safe

Standerd

Office hours

Smart ish dress require

Carparking on site can be tricky


You have to pay to park

Supermarket and pret on site

Different in every department

Cinema and nice grounds

Sports centr and swimming pool
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Quite innovative (for an uninnovative sector)
Academia is generally slow, traditional, and dull - being innovative is a relative term - and when all competitors are slow and stodgy, it is not too difficult to appear modern
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Very lonely and lots of pressure
So many of our fellow employees ha e left to better paid jobs as we were getting paid same as painters, they find it hard to employ new electricians as the pay is so below par and the only electricians they get are very inexperienced so again you’ll be working with straight out of college level 3 no experience. This is hard to swallow as your getting paid the same as the inexperienced electricians. What a wast of 2 years of my life, only old boys waiting to retire and straight out of collage guys left
Good luck


MPlease avoid if you can but good luck if you don’t
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Bureaucratic
Like many universities - UoW speaks about innovation and creativity; the reality is that it suffered from governance and compliance just like many other organisations
Pros
Creative, clever people to work with
Cons
Very cautious and risk averse
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Petty "office politics"
Too much time spent in meetings discussing pointless items, preventing staff getting on with the job they are paid for.
Work is never covered when going on annual leave, so when you get back you feel as if you have never been away.

No support from senior managers to back up the decisions that you make, in fact they sometimes over-rule them to make their own lives easier.
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You become a little family, with your little team
Good place to work for, management listen but if you struggle with them then Hr is brilliant. Always space to move around and work your way up the ladder and training is given for everything.
Pros
Holidays, Christmas time
Cons
You work more weekends in the summer than they let on in the interview
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My opinion
A typical day started with a 15-20 minute standup to discuss the expected work with a team of seven. Blockers were discussed. The team lead then discussed individual issues with appropriate analysts. I learnt about HCM modules and developed the test cases and script from user stories, ensured test coverage and quality. I tracked and manage defects with HP Quality Centre. The management was of a hybrid culture where team empowerment and best practises were encouraged. The most challenging part of the job was people management with the stakeholders and management. The most enjoyable part was reaching a consensus with stakeholders that facilitated effective and efficient testing that led to deployment of applications to the production environment that satisfied customers.
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Exciting
The work is exciting & I loved it. However, the University is part of a very corporate & hierarchical world & staff are a cog in a mighty wheel. As long as you’re ok with insecure contracts & little assisted career progression, it’s great.
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Relaxed and productive
Worked here as a research assistant and was treated with respect and made to feel valued by excellent staff assistance. Pay was excellent. Only issue was parking.
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Good for
Strong, but competitive academic environment. Quite isolated due to campus environment, and the majority of early career researchers and above commuting from much further afield.
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Friendly staff, great place to work
Student ambassador role very fun and exciting. Workplace culture is to always remain positive,enthusiastic and friendly. Flexible hours as you choose what tours to do but open days are compulsory.
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Good
Interesting place, nice people, lots of different challenges, an internationally respected university with a great deal of different research areas to focus on.
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Productive and ambitious culture
Warwick is an ambitious place that gets a lot done. It has considerable resources to support your work and maintains a very professional atmosphere. The campus is growing and is a hive of activity.
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Warwick Estates - avoid avoid avoid - especially if you're a woman
Warwick Estates -
I can't think of anything good to say about this large department in the university, any enthusiasm and positiveness you join the job with will be quickly extracted from you.The best time of the working day is when you get into your car (if you have managed to find a space in one of the expensive and usually full staff car parks) and leave to go home, although be prepared to wait an hour to get through the traffic jams.


If you are a woman, unless you like taking minutes in meetings full of men, doing admin work or you want to fill a rare token role somewhere outside of the admin pool (they still have one of these, like the typing pools of old), avoid at all costs as it's all about jobs for the boys. Don't be fooled by talk of equality and equal opportunities - if you do get to interview, ask about the percentage of women they employ in Estates and how many black and minority ethnic staff they employ (outside of cleaning and manual roles). This article which was sent to me just before I left gives an insight into recruitment practices, a few years old but a leopard doesn't change its spots in that short period of time. https://theboar.org/2016/01/65131/


Some of the white middle aged male senior management team have been appointed not on their ability or experience, but because they have previously worked or been skiing with a key member of the leadership team. Incompetent at best, they know little about their area of responsibility and drive their teams to despair.


The whole department is a highly bureaucratic and political nightmare that goes from
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Pros
Going home at the end of the day
Cons
Awful management, bullying and sexist culture, nepotism
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Great Job
Working hours are great and never too tedious. Pay is good and timely and supervisors are very friendly. Enjoyable and good training provided in advance of shift.
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Good place to work but advancement difficult.
I've learned a great deal during my time there and there's no such thing as a typical day. Everyday is different and there are different challenges ranging from research to supervision to lab maintenance.
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