University of Canterbury Employee Reviews about "earthquakes"

Updated Sep 27, 2020

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Pros
  • "Great work environment, really good fellow employees(in 9 reviews)

  • "Relaxed atmosphere, work life balance and generous holidays(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "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. 5.0
      Current Employee

      An excellent place to work

      Aug 29, 2016 -  
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      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 people found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      University

      Sep 27, 2020 - Retired in Christchurch, Canterbury
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      Pros

      Small university in a lovely setting

      Cons

      Earthquake prone, slow rebuilding, unfriendly administration.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Not Bad

      Nov 15, 2015 - Senior Lecturer in Christchurch, Canterbury
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      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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      3 people found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place with some difficulties

      Mar 23, 2016 - Senior-Lecturer 
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      Pros

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

      Cons

      A lot of difficulties post-earthquake

      3 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee

      don't waste your time

      Aug 13, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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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      18 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Professor

      Oct 3, 2013 -  
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      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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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

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

      Jul 8, 2012 - Teaching Support 
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      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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      9 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great school

      Apr 8, 2013 -  
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      Pros

      Work schedule is flexible; get to meet some great people

      Cons

      Earthquakes can mess up your experiments

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee

      no longer a good place to work

      Aug 10, 2016 - Senior Lecturer 
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      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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      15 people found this review helpful
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