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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
18 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, nice and fruitful environment, plenty of equipment and support available to use (in 9 reviews)

  • Good number of holidays, and flexible working hours (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Main site is in South Kensington, very expensive to live there (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    PhD in Chemical Engineering

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, sometimes free food

    Cons

    Admin Staff ridiculous, university doesn't actually care about you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to post-doc

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    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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Post doc development center is an excellent facility that isn’t available at many universities – providing an array of training and coaching for further academic or non-academic careers

    Cons

    The cons very much depends on which campus you end up at – for example at the Hammersmith campus the facilities are terrible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not ideal for medical research students

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Location!
    Great seminars/lectures organised by university
    Networking events

    Cons

    Unfortunately your development as researcher depend on your luck of supervisor. There is no consistency between the groups and there are some really bad ones, which seem on the outside as the lab with an expert leader. In reality you are left on your own, with no support/feedback, no opportunities. You have to do everything yourself and there is no point in asking graduate school for help as you will be just ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop covering each other backs! University should be for students and researchers and not admins organising some silly days so they have a day off. Each supervisor should be properly assessed and if there are any concerns applicant should know about them and not being lied to on how much they are going to learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Experience at Imperial College

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to progress, good team, good home work ethos

    Cons

    Need to update internal processes with the times, using old systems

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    There are (un)limited potentials

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    You get to make friends fairly quickly here and the work is exciting. You don't just work here but continuously learn and build your credibility. Having Imperial on your CV already says you're doing something great.

    Cons

    Bad policies. Forget about being in academia and trying to do something good in a relaxed environment - these are all fantasies. Expectations are high and unrealistic. There is no such thing as rewards. Just forget sleeping, friends or family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're trying to run an academic institution like a corporate business, at least pay staffs like one, not 50% of what they actually worth. Always remember that the staffs are the ones who keeps the place going, treat them right and dont pretend like you already are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work at, except for usual academia 'mafia'

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very good university, generally nice environment.

    Although work load is usually high and you get to work long hours, you have great flexibility (you can work at whatever time you want, as long as you deliver and publish).

    Great location.

    Bike, shower and gym facilities available.

    Cons

    Long working hours in spite of flexible hours, hard to keep work/life balance.

    As is common in academia, senior professors, even at top universities, have often lost track of research and end up delegating lots of their own work to their research assistants (overloading us, but usually getting the credit and the payment for it).

    As is also common in academia, permanent lecturing positions are rare (you need to wait for someone to retire or die...). Research assistant's contracts are project-based, which means you have little stability.

    While the salary is not bad, it is still not enough to have a fully comfortable life in central London (with this salary you most likely need to share a flat or so).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great if professors' performance was assessed more strictly to stop the abuses that often take place in academia (which I myself have experienced).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    High work rate

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    Former Intern - Programming Tutor in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Programming Tutor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No life. The staff aren't overly great and would rather just do research rather than teaching or student-orientated activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

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

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

    I worked at Imperial College London part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Admin 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 ManagementAdvice

    Update facilities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    women find it hard

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

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Being 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it's made out to be

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

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give something back

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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