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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
132 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working hours, nice and fruitful environment, plenty of equipment and support available to use (in 7 reviews)

  • Good number of holidays, and flexible working hours (in 5 reviews)


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

  • It's too expensive to live in London (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great University, great masters

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

    Pros

    - very practical education
    - close relation to staff
    - very international colleagues

    Cons

    - expensive
    - no good food on campus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    - Great Equipment
    - Great people

    These two factors allow imperial to partake in cutting edge research. The research facilities are excellent and often back-up by people with strong expertise. It is a strong model and other universities should follow.

    Cons

    - poor middle management
    - bureaucracy
    - No training

    The middle management are completely and utterly disconnected from academics, students and even senior management. They have absolutely no idea what they are doing. They have too much influence. Whilst they are there not even the simplest of plans will be executed properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Postdoctoral training is non existent - as a university you could easily open up access to short courses or part time course

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work/study

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

    Pros

    Working hours are very flexible. The payment is good, especially given someone is doing a PhD at the same time.

    Cons

    The manager could be slightly pushy some times. The living expense near campus (central london) is quite high.

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  5.  

    Great place for postgrad study or work

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

    Pros

    World 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company, good perks

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

    Pros

    Imperial 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.

    Cons

    Main 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Valuable learning experience but extremely frustrating.

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

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    Central 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Research Placement (UROP program)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Research Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    great experience, learned a lot of statistical modelling methods

    Cons

    pay barely covered housing rent

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Friendly and supportive place to work with lots of opportunities

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, supportive and progressive managers

    Cons

    Not enough money for my department. No permanent contract available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    PhD Student

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - more emphasis on work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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