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Great colleagues, but subject to same issues all Universities

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I really enjoyed working at UCD as a postdoc. I had a very supportive supervisor and the atmosphere on campus is generally good. Having said that, working from home since the pandemic seems to be eroding the university culture and postdocs have all the same issues regarding job security as those at other Universities.
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Busy but fun

Well supported in the position but very little recognition for going above and beyond for the role. Still a good place to work and an excellent training ground to move to other departments.


Career progression


Poor communication
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I would highly recommend UCD as a place for students or staff

I would rate UCD four of five stars to work and study. Hiighly motivating. Great team work. Very interesting and informative. Great start in adult life for students and great people to work with. Retail Manager, Main receptionists and Exams and results administrator.


Every aspect


Journey there and back
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Was fun until the pandemic

It was nice as you could choose your hours so it fitted nicely around college work. However, they began to take advantage of us when the pandemic hit and started to lie so not the best place to be under pressure
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Self motivating work

It's easy to have a work and life balance. It's easy to loose motivation and direction. It gives people freedom to do project and research they are interested in. However, the management and career plan are really poor
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data management, project management, analysis, research skills, communication and working as a team player, academic writing and presentation skills, creativity
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Depends on what department you are in.

Work as Tutor there is engaging and staff are helpful. It all depends on what department you are in as the work is only part time and pay is not enough to live on.
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I work as a teaching assistant in UCD. The lecturers associated with the module are extremely helpful. The job it can be difficult to engage first years in particular with the material.
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My work was par time. So I was not entirely dependent on this very salary. For other permanent or long term contract based jobs, I would advise that it is a really warm and relaxed workplace.
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nice working environment

set routine, start the day with a group activity. Friendly people, a bit tedious at times. Nice office to work in, good working hours and very flexible.
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I have learnt a lot of skills and experiences in this university. many conferences were attended during my study this university. It was a good challenge.
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Good experience

Nice experience. Good to interact with the students and the lecturers. Helped hone my communication skills. Build more confidence in public. Revise math concepts.
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Universidade voltada para pesquisa

Universidade que fornece oportunidade para pesquisa durante as férias de verão. Ótimo laboratórios e infraestrutura para pesquisa.
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Lucky to be on a great team.

I was on a small team that had high standards and outperformed expectations but I don't believe my experience was the norm. Pay was higher than most corporate roles at the same level and hours were totally reasonable. There are a lot of black holes where you wouldn't want to find yourself but, if you get the right position with the right people, it's a good place to distinguish yourself. If you are looking for a cushy public sector job, you can certainly live that life at UCD. However, why would you want that for yourself? And as a UCD graduate and former employee, I would ask that you give more than that.


Salary, work-life balance, usual public sector protections and benefits


Low staff turnover means fewer opportunities to progress, location means routine can get repetitive, culture at the top doesn't pass down well
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Great working environment with modern laboratory facilities, canteen, cinema , gym and swimming pool

A structured Monday to Friday, early mornings start to evening closing. Involves working long hours in the lab and writing reports. short daily meetings with multidisciplinary team to discuss progress of research.


nice canteens


long hours
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Great experience

Assisting professors and lecturers in teaching and grading of modules. Looking after student queries and answering any questions about the course that they might need.
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Productive workplace

I liked working here due to the good working environment. There is a sense of community with a helping hand always around the corner at times of need.
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Really great place to work. Culture is great, people are always willing to help, cooperative atmosphere and you always feel a part of it. Really fantastic place. Full Marks
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Enjoyable workplace, frustrating and unresponsive organisation.

Very supportive colleagues and work culture at departmental level. Management and HR suffer a severe disconnect from staff needs and expectations; junior staff/researchers are not well treated.
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Studied Rural Development to Degree Level

Very interesting insight in to how the EU and Government approach the development of Rural areas, as well as reinforcing old skills such as SWOT analysis and developing a good understanding of areas impacting on rural areas from health provision, tourism, food chains and a whole host of other subjects.


Developed many long term relationships with students from around the country.


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extremely satisfactory

Extremely happy for this and team cooperation is superb and is to be emulated elsewhere too. Work independently and no interference , freedom to work and set priorities depending upon the situation and demand.
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Based on 49 reviews

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4.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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