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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
44 Reviews
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44 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.  

    mater degree

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    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)

    Pros

    good quality of teaching
    in line with job market
    location

    Cons

    tuition fees are too high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Pros

    No barrier between academics and admin / management.

    Cons

    Busy and demanding at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    student

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    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)

    Pros

    good always. nice people here

    Cons

    not good. sometimes stressful here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep with the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Good professional environment nice to work for

    Cons

    Some admin is quite slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some admin is a bit slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Priority over facilities should be dependent on research income

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Highly stimulating environment

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A life changing experience

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good for the PhD education

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Culture diversity, good training system and supervision.

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyable place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    You never know what new experience the day is going to bring, very varied environment so you never get bored.

    Cons

    Management redtape and management bias when it comes to enuring that all team members carry out their duties effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For an educational establishment you really do need to support staff more in their continuing professional development!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Relatively happy, easy-going and interesting workplace

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great location (South Kensington) with beautiful surroundings (Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall, museums, etc); prestigious reputation; public sector benefits (good pension, sick pay, extra leave on top of your annual leave when college is closed for Easter, Christmas, etc); relatively stable job market (security); access to library, student catering outlets and the gym/swimming pool; fairly easy-going office culture; good training opportunities; good support for those with long-term health issues and/or disabilities; highest salary (for my role) compared to other London universities.

    Cons

    The College can be a little old fashioned and stuck in its ways at times. No opportunity for flexible working in my (student-facing) department. Some of the buildings/facilities are stuck in the 1960s (particularly administrative departments). No air conditioning in my building (which is a furnace in the summer!) Once you've reached the highest pay level within your role you are more or less stuck on that salary forever, unless you leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There tends to be a 'one rule for one person, one rule for another' climate at times. In my opinion a good manager should follow the rules they set their employees themselves. So if no one else can leave work early, neither should they! 'Do as I say, don't do as I do' should be eliminated in order to be fair to all staff, whatever their level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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