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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.9 78 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Imperial College London President & Rector Sir Keith O’Nions

Sir Keith O’Nions

(24 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working hours, nice and fruitful environment, plenty of equipment and support available to use(in 7 reviews)

  • Good number of holidays, and flexible working hours(in 5 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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    High work rate

    Programming Tutor (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat salary after graduating, which is among the highest in the uk. Also the students are really nice.

    ConsNo life. The staff aren't overly great and would rather just do research rather than teaching or student-orientated activities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Easy to do one's job when health and safety, admin and technicians don't get on your way

    Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsClever students and clever colleagues. Timetable is very reasonable. Flexible hours more or less. Interesting topics to teach or do labs about.

    ConsAdmin is slow and lengthy. Facilities are outdated. Salary is low and they take very long to pay occasional workers. Techinician's availability is precarious. Most of them are not very competent either.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpdate facilities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    women find it hard

    Working In the IT Department (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsYou are at the very edge of experience - always new, always changing, always learning. You have access to the latest equipment, the latest software and some of the best brains in the world.

    ConsBeing a woman is very hard. The culture is male and so the hours are long with family considerations ignored. There appeared to be no understanding of the way a woman worked and how she achieved even though she did not think the same as the men.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake cognisance of women's working styles. don't have all male meetings and don't have just a token female who is the supposed model for all women working in the department. Especially don't have a female who has no intention of marrying and having a lifestyle similar to a man's, who is wedded to work only and who is one of the boys. That is not a normal lifestyle for the majority of woman workers so why have them as the female representative at meetings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not what it's made out to be

    Assistant Professor (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsBright minds, fruitful interactions, responsibility. Latitude to do research in niche areas, however may be limited by funding.

    ConsToo much focus on margins and the bottom line. Academic institutions can't innovate in a straightjacket.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive something back

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quite Good

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsLots of opportunities for self-development; a dynamic environment.

    ConsSalaries low compared to the cost of living in London.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many problems

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

    ProsGood enviroment with really nice buildings and labs, smart people, sharp professors and nice equipment altough there is not enough space for everyone

    ConsToo much burocracy they need to be faster in the paperwork, sometimes just to have access to a lab you need to wait a week.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research experience at Imperial College

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood to know international researchers

    ConsNot very much independent. Not much career progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNil

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A bigger place than many people imagine somewhat obsessed with climbing league tables.

    Research Fellow (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe opportunity to interact with some of the brightest people on the planet in one of the most exclusive parts of London.

    ConsHaving to deal with some of the largest egos on the planet and finding that the culture is not collaborative but often destructively competitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis institution is not a for profit company accountable to shareholders in the model of a PLC so don't try to run it like one. That said, make it clear to people at all levels, both academic and non academic, how they are judged and how they are rewarded.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PhD involved long hours

    PhD Candidate (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsWell paid for a PhD position. Work with intelligent people. Access to good research facilities. Free health club membership. Good location (South Kensington, London).

    ConsThe work involved long hours, including several overnight working stints. The university is a high pressure environment and you have to work hard to keep up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood connections and opportunities for advancement.

    ConsBusy schedules and traffic getting into work.

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