Imperial College London
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www.imperial.ac.uk London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Imperial College London President & Rector Sir Keith O’Nions

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Research Associate (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Imperial College London full-time for more than 8 years

ProsBased in London, not many pros really, rainy weather, senior staff is very very old and very very permanent

ConsVery racially discriminating place, low salaries, long hours, senior permanent staff ready to take credit for employee's work, corrupt environment up to the highest ranks, career opportunities are good only for the few selected

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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PhD Student (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Imperial College London full-time for more than 5 years

Pros1) There is no need to take Master's course compared to US universities, thus saving time and going straight into PhD research work.
2) College has an upper limit of 4 years to finish, but hardly enforced and open to abuse.

Cons1) International fees are exorbitant, given the lack of proper equipment and support. Better off in USA. Same price, better facilities.
2) Discrimination is rampant. International students are given inadequate resources to do quality research, compared to EU students.
3) International students are treated as free labour for projects instead of having the resources to do the research topics that they are interested in. They should not be involved in unrelated projects as their expenses are high.
4) Lack of adequate lab space and facilities have actually led to many students quitting halfway to get on with life.
5) Supervisors need to stick to the 4 year limit, and College is not enforcing it, hence giving supervisors free rein to abuse the system to milk the most benefits. International students have to pay 20,000 for tuition fees, and hundreds for every visa renewal (at least one renewal required if he/she takes 4 years to finish), and should not be delayed under any circumstances. Supervisors should have their funding cut to pay for any expenses incurred as a result of delays, fees inclusive. Would recommend potential students to look elsewhere.
6) There have been cases of complaints about delays in finishing PhD and lack of proper support, yet nothing has been done, and often, students are left stuck in situations where they cannot do any work to finish on time.
7) Lab safety is a serious problem. Infrastructure was not installed appropriately to ensure the safety of students working in the labs.

Advice to Senior Management1) Harsh punitive measures to cut funding for those supervisors who fail to release their students on time, and compensate students appropriately. The loss of income and opportunity costs is significant.
2) Stern warnings to technical staff who do not provide adequate support to facilitate the timely delivery of research work. Fire incompetent people because the financial resources are seriously limited to the extent that serious delays can be caused by amateur mistakes.
3) Enforce and ensure that all students have more than one supervisor so that they can prevent each other from making decisions at the expense of students' progress. A thesis committee should be made mandatory to ensure that students are released to write up when they have produced sufficient research work to qualify for a PhD, instead of allowing supervisors to keep them for personal gain.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disastrous research experience as an undergraduate in the High Energy Physics Department

UROP (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Imperial College London full-time for less than a year

ProsThe College is a top level research institution.
It looks great on your CV.

ConsThe group I took part in was badly managed, understaffed and has a terrible social ambiance.
No pay.
Supervision was horrible, until I switched supervisor at the end, with not enough time to finish the project

Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate whether you have the human capital and the time to care for your interns.
Evaluate how to keep the knowledge within your group and encourage knowledge transfer among colleagues

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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