University of Canterbury Employee Reviews about "earthquakes"

Updated 27 Sep 2020

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  • "Some disgruntled staff due to the University re-cutting its cloth to suit the situation it found itself in post-earthquakes(in 9 reviews)

  • "This university is not for international academics(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "An excellent place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury

    Pros

    I work in a great team of people who support and encourage one another. The staff benefits here are superb. The campus is pleasant and Christchurch is rebuilding into a beautiful and modern city.

    Cons

    Some disgruntled staff due to the University re-cutting its cloth to suit the situation it found itself in post-earthquakes.

  2. "University"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Retired in Christchurch, Canterbury
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Canterbury full-time

    Pros

    Small university in a lovely setting

    Cons

    Earthquake prone, slow rebuilding, unfriendly administration.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not Bad"

    3.0
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    Senior Lecturer in Christchurch, Canterbury
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Reasonably high salary, depending on exchange rate. Good students at the top end. Lovely environment and surroundings. Reasonable international ranking.

    Cons

    Not much research money. They have gotten tighter since the earthquake. Management appears to be almost completely focused on increasing STEM presence. No reward for being a good program unless you are in engineering and the sciences.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great place with some difficulties"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Senior-Lecturer 

    I have been working at University of Canterbury full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Place / On the doorstep of the stunning NZ Alps and cool surf spot /

    Cons

    A lot of difficulties post-earthquake

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great school"

    5.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Canterbury

    Pros

    Work schedule is flexible; get to meet some great people

    Cons

    Earthquakes can mess up your experiments

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Professor"

    4.0
     

    I have been working at University of Canterbury

    Pros

    The facilities are very good and the staff and students make it a good work environment. The university is a strong university on the global scale.

    Cons

    The university is in recovery from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, and so the student numbers are down and there is little funding to support new initiatives. It will take several more years before the university is back to the same number of students and level of funding from pre-2011.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Was a great environment, but endless restructuring has caused huge morale drops."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Support 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Canterbury full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, lovely people, nice climate, relaxed work environment, opportunities for professional contacts with colleagues.

    Cons

    Managerialism and earthquakes have reduced most support staff to grim determination to survive the next round of cuts. Loss of professional support devalues staff skills and knowledge. Saving money is ruining the place.

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  8. Helpful (17)

    "don't waste your time"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Canterbury full-time

    Pros

    The city this university is in has a good public arts initiative called 'Gap Filler'.

    Cons

    This is a small and insignificant university that has worked very hard for nearly a decade now to make itself even smaller and more insignificant. And it has achieved this outcome. The place suffered a bunch of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 that drove away some students. So UC responded by publicly attacking a bunch of their own departments, which drove away many of their best academics and a lot more students a few years after the earthquakes. Don’t waste any time on this place.

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  9. Helpful (15)

    "no longer a good place to work"

    1.0
    Senior Lecturer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Canterbury

    Pros

    It used to be lovely before Roy Sharp and Rod Carr

    Cons

    rampant managerialism gone mad in a city destroyed by an earthquake, good scholars leaving in droves

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