Imperial College London Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Great, but doesn't quite live up to its reputation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good location, good salary, good staff (at least in my experience).

    Cons

    Department resources are minimal, despite the enormous amount of money they retain. Admin related requirements, such as submission of contracts or important documents is poor.

  2. Its been a good run. Senior Management starting to diversify but needs more. Better than most, not quite Google.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    very flexible, strives to be inclusive.

    Cons

    The organisation could benefit by being more dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Be more relationship focused as opposed to just benefits.

  3. mater degree

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good quality of teaching
    in line with job market
    location

    Cons

    tuition fees are too high

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  5. Good environment

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No barrier between academics and admin / management.

    Cons

    Busy and demanding at times

  6. student

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good always. nice people here

    Cons

    not good. sometimes stressful here

    Advice to Management

    keep with the good work

  7. Good

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good professional environment nice to work for

    Cons

    Some admin is quite slow

    Advice to Management

    Some admin is a bit slow

  8. Interesting work but sometimes can tend to be high pressure in what can be a very competitive environment

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting research, great experimental work, freedom of thought, managing your own time. Mixing with academics at the top of their field. Certainly not a boring place to be.

    Cons

    Can be high pressure at times, tend to work far more hours than are contracted and it can feel competitive against peers.

    Advice to Management

    Priority over facilities should be dependent on research income

  9. Helpful (4)

    Highly stimulating environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious and big employer with excellent reputation for research
    Good research facilities
    Excellent opportunity for learning and development
    Nice colleagues, diverse, open-minded and friendly
    Intellectually stimulating atmosphere, lots of things are going on
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Lack of career progression, to move up you need to move out.
    Loyalty to institution is not valued and is seen as a liability and inability
    Bullying, intimidation and no job security. After 4 years as a postdoc you become permanent and your contract could be terminated with 1 month notice and barely 1 month pay. This creates a vial atmosphere of dependency and bullying. Lots of nasty things are going behind the lab doors and the Institute doesn't care as long as PI brings in bags of money. It's all about money.
    Sexism - if you are a woman your life is harder.

    Advice to Management

    Ask more for feedback and be receptive to feedback. React to bullying and harassment allegations. Even if education is a business it has to have a human face.

  10. A life changing experience

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great intellectual/profissional environment. Very dynamic environment. Great opportunity for learning, networking and CV building. Good perks in terms of health benefits and pension plans.

    Cons

    Pressurized, and standards are really high, and paycheck will not reflect your experience or degree of accomplishment in the field.

  11. Good for the PhD education

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture diversity, good training system and supervision.

    Cons

    There are not so many opportunities for student to contact industry guys.

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