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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
141 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, nice and fruitful environment, plenty of equipment and support available to use (in 7 reviews)

  • It's at the center of London, quite good location (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • teaching might require working long hours to match standards (in 7 reviews)

  • It's too expensive to live in London (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    very mixed indeed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Academic in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    some great people stand out
    good opportunities for networking/making contacts
    fantastic staff development team and postdoc support unit also excellent
    Great equalities team doing their best in very difficult environment

    Cons

    some parts of the College have toxic culture and poor employment practices
    culture of cuthroat competition - sink or swim in some departments
    practical/financial research support is given only to favoured "stars"
    some bad apples seem to be supported and their bad behaviour is condoned - HR is shocking in these cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to seriously address the well- known problems (systems and individuals) - make every part of the College step up to the benchmark set by the best Departments. Hold HR and Faculties to account.

    Never mind the fine words - staff are watching what you actually do about problems - act deciseively and make it known what you are doing.

    Remember that when people leave they tell others what their experiences have been - improve the culture to improve the College's reputation as an employer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dissapointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    This is a Centre of excellence, not a bad reference for your CV.

    Cons

    Terrible management.
    Lots of politics around.
    No rewarding environment at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience, but hopefully beneficial careerwise.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Extra pay for teaching jobs. Personal development seminars. Location in South Kensington is great. Bike and shower facilities are available. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Very isolated work. Little teamwork on the job. Little infrastructure to carry out the tasks. Very bad professional services in some areas (virtually non-existing IT department). Often mishaps with finances which can result into two months without pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define goals more clearly. Make an effort into creating supportive environments and functioning teams. Follow through with promises that are made towards employees and students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    OK if you know the right people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London

    Pros

    Good location
    Modern facilities
    great teaching opportunities exist

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance
    There is a lot of competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about the lab

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London

    Pros

    Imperial is a prestigious institution for academics - arguably the most prestigious one in London. Having the name on your CV is very helpful in terms of opening doors. Facilities are generally good to very good and a lot of money is being spent on upgrading the not so good ones. Generally speaking people here are at the top of their field.

    Cons

    Your experience strongly depends on the lab you are in - unfortunately academics are promoted based on research prowess rather than management skill so there are some truly awful managers here. Awful means failure to acknowledge achievements / extra effort and sometimes pressure to work ridiculous hours. Time off is some times an issue as some PIs do not respect it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be worthwhile to require that professors and lecturers attend some management courses to improve the problems mentioned above. I don't think people are (for the most part) inherently bad people - it's more a matter of learning some management skills.

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