Doing a job that was interesting and that one wanted to do.
When working there one was always under threat of redundancy and then when one would have liked to go you were considered too valuable.
Some jobs involved working with medical departments, coroners departments.
Reasonable pay Clear goals and objectives for my role, I was never left in any doubt what was required of me Staff meetings were held every week and our managers made sure we all knew where we fitted in and were also able to find out more about us and if we had other skills to bring to the table. They were keen to manage their people assets and I got extra hours of work because I had skills that were over and above the role I was brought in to do. This was a big plus for me.
I would have liked to have had more opportunities to progress but because my contract was only for one year, they made the most of my talents while I was there and then it was goodbye. It didn't even open doors for me in other parts of the university, which was a shame. This was partly I think because the departments didn't really communicate with each other very well anyway. They all seem to work in their own pockets, not sharing information or resources between them.
Great to have such clear goals and objectives
There is a women's network that runs days out, courses and seminars for female employees.
The pay is not amazing, and you are expected to go above and beyond your job description quite often (this can be annoying, but is undoubtedly good for professional development)
Academics can be very unusual people.Interpret that as you will!
Big organisation with a sense of direction and leadership. Good opportunities for progression, but the standards are high and you need to carefully evidence them. Management is getting stronger and more strategic (a good thing) --This is an internationally significant research based University so it's recruiting from a global talent pool and this can raise the bar for promotions and redeployments.
As with any big organisation, getting some basic things done can be a bureaucratic minefield. Standards of professionalism and support vary enormnously between departments. Some are well run and efficient. Others most certainly are not. COlleagiality between colleagues / team-playing ethos is not always practiced.
It's got its own pubs.