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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
156 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.  

    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 an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly stimulating environment

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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)

    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
  3.  

    Good for the PhD education

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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)

    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
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  5.  

    Enjoyable place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  6.  

    Relatively happy, easy-going and interesting workplace

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Generally satisfied - pleasnat experience

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work and there are always money available for reseseah purposes. Great support from experienced professors of the department and a well-structured MSc project in general.

    Cons

    Could benefit from more young group leaders on the field. Marking should be quicker and not take that long. Lack of opportunities for students wishing to stay at the Departmenet of Surgery and Cancer for a PhD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to your students to stay at the department

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great University, great masters

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - expensive
    - no good food on campus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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)

    I worked at Imperial College London as a contractor (more than an year)

    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
  10.  

    Great place to work/study

    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 (more than 3 years)

    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.

  11.  

    Great place for postgrad study or work

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London as a contractor (less than an year)

    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

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