Imperial College London Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Imperial College London President & Rector Sir Keith O’Nions
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Pros
  • Great opportunities, high level of research, fully flexible working hours (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. Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent college with awesome research facilities and perfect location

    Cons

    Work life imbalance and the supervisors were pushy

    Advice to Management

    Could make things easy in terms of recruitment procedures


  2. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to develop, good admin staff. Quality research and a large network of academics to collaborate. Good connections with the industry.

    Cons

    Teaching load might be rather heavy. Internal politics might become an issue.


  3. Great research environment overall

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great drive for success and to stay a world leading institution Constantly forward looking and trying to modernise facilities Opportunity to work and interact with some of the best and most interesting academics and students in the world. Great careers service, seminars and other opportunities Great location in South Kensington

    Cons

    Constantly focused on finances and run a bit like a company rather than an academic institution. Sometimes feels like the priority is not research but rather bringing in money and spending it as efficiently as possible to promote the College's image and budget. Could encourage communication and collaboration between departments and labs more strongly

    Advice to Management

    Imperial is one of the best academic institutions in the world. It's a great place to study and to do research overall, regardless of the department. To continue competing the way it has so far, it should focus on promoting long term vision, passion and inspiration!


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  5. Great place to work, but high stress

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've enjoyed working at Imperial because of excellent colleagues (very smart, generous with their time, friendly), good facilities which are constantly being upgrade, and a wide selection of interesting topics to work on.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the central London location -- it's very expensive to live nearby. But also it can be a high stress environment. There are simply not enough hours in the day to do what's expected and that means things routinely spill over into evenings and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear about expectations to help staff set priorities.


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    Marie Curie Fellow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    top university, very good atmosphere, lot of scientific activity Salary was great, however that is related to the grant rather than the university. Most postdocs are paid ok, but not great since you are in London.

    Cons

    Space issues, you are working with several postdocs in a small rooms. Moreover we were all on grants of which they took a big overhead. The most annoying thing however are the (in)famous toilet queues. They are however working on these issues


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    PhD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Vibrant environment and multicultural workplace. Very interesting people working on very interesting projects. Usually there is plenty of support if you ask for it.

    Cons

    Engineering and science only school (similar to european polytechnics) therefore expect this to be reflected to the ratio of male/female in the work environment. Usually demanding and stressful when deadlines are approaching.


  8. Great, but doesn't quite live up to its reputation

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

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

    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.


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

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  10. mater degree

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  11. Good environment

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No barrier between academics and admin / management.

    Cons

    Busy and demanding at times



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