Imperial College London
4.0 of 5 114 reviews
www.imperial.ac.uk London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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Imperial College London President & Rector Sir Keith O’Nions

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Great place for postgrad study or work

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

I have been working at Imperial College London as a contractor for less than a year

ProsWorld class research and minds. Very much dependent on what you work on and with whom, but the projects are generally at the cutting edge of science and engineering. Imperial's status in the UK and Europe also means funding will keep coming in as long as there is money for research.

ConsVision is shifting to money-making rather than answering fundamental questions (probably due to funding climate).

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

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Excellent company, good perks

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

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

ProsImperial College has a development team and centre just for post-docs, fairly unique! Good number of holidays, and flexible working hours. Research done at college is at a high level, reasonably friendly co-workers.

ConsMain site is in South Kensington, very expensive to live there. Has additional sites all over London, which can make meeting with collaborators take a while to do (40 - 60 min commute between the 2 sites I regularly work between). In terms of paperwork and admin, health and safety stuff is slightly worse than other UK universities I've worked at.

Advice to Senior ManagementLessen the paperwork, and allow post-docs to apply for funding (not just as co-applicants, if your PI agrees).

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

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Valuable learning experience but extremely frustrating.

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

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

ProsExcellent resources in terms of equipment. The technical staff and kit in the workshops is of the highest quality. The experience and knowledge of the academic staff is second to none.

This gives a great environment to carry out high level research, but only for the truly independent scientist.

Oh, and a great mix of people.

ConsCentral admin is absolutely useless. They cannot be trusted to do their job in a timely manner and it ends up being your responsibility that things are carried through. They frequently act as if the research staff is in fact the support staff.

Promotion within the research staff is based on academic prowess (ability to acquire grant money). However, the academics are then required to become managers of growing teams. They lack experience or training for this task. This results in poor hire choices, muddled project objectives and wasted talent.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain the academics in management properly. It will achieve stronger research outcomes, which of course leads to create research income.

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

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Summer Research Placement (UROP program)

Summer Research Assistant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

Prosgreat experience, learned a lot of statistical modelling methods

Conspay barely covered housing rent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Friendly and supportive place to work with lots of opportunities

Adviser (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsFriendly staff, supportive and progressive managers

ConsNot enough money for my department. No permanent contract available

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the little people

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

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

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

ProsGreat reputation, working with some of the best minds in the field, central london, free gym

Consvery expensive to buy food and drink on campus, a lot of focus on making money rather than the student experience

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Fantastic

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

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

Pros- Good facilities
-Nice faculty and students
-World class lecturers and lectures theatres
-experince

Cons- more emphasis on work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Intellectual stimulating environment

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

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

Pros- Very friendly, cooperative environment in the lower-ranks within my department.
- Lots of opportunities to attend interesting talks provided by the college
- Great career service (one of the best I have encountered compared to other universities in London)
- Prestige of a degree from this uni
- Great sport facilities and catering if you are based in the main campus (South kensington)

Cons- an admin-heavy university: sometimes might hinder a lot of research activities
- cruel progression system: heavily focuses on scores on grants and publications, does not often allow enough time for permanent staffs to produce great research work.
- scattered research campuses for medical researches: difficult to collaborate nor attend activities in the main campus if you are in other campuses.
- there are often quite a lot of politics in the senior ranks

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

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It gives a lot of opportunities

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

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

ProsGood classes
Impressive career service
Good teachers
Impressive research

ConsNot well organised teaching
Bit too much burocracy

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

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Amazing place to work

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

I have been working at Imperial College London part-time for more than a year

ProsImperial has a very friendly environment, with high flexibility on the work/life balance, and it is at the heart of london

ConsThe salaries are really low for living in London (but it is higher than many other institutions),and unfortunately sometime if you want to go up the ladder you have to deal with the high competition

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