Imperial College London

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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
173 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    very good, Imperial is definitely a good place to be in

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

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

    Pros

    location, people, structure, holidays, city

    Cons

    hard, work, competition, long work hours, pressure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme. Very good experience for students either in first year of studies.

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

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

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance. No specified timetable. Just finish what you were assigned to do.

    Cons

    Not very well paid considering the level of intellectual abilities required to complete the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent workplace, environment and supervisor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent support from college:
    - Easy access to leading PhDs
    - Extremely patient supervisor that's willing to spend a lot of time to make sure you understand your task
    - Opportunity to learn a lot
    - Very enjoyable, collaborative workplace
    - Fairly long working hours (but I thoroughly enjoyed it)

    Cons

    - Steep learning curve
    - Requires a lot of discipline to do your work as you're not scheduled a fixed working hour

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Life changing

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Very stimulating intellectual work envirnoment
    prestige
    Great facilities
    great support from phd supervisor

    Cons

    Can be demanding at times
    Living cost
    can improve further collaboration between deptarments/ research teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and speed up administration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Research Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place with great people! You know you are with some of the most exceptional minds of our world. People are open and willing to give you time to talk and bounce research ideas.

    Cons

    It can be expensive to live in Central London but lovely nevertheless :) It is South Kensington after all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Filly out timesheets can be a little bureaucratic!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Post Doc

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    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Imperial does a lot for the professional development of its employees. It's a very good University with really good colleagues.

    Cons

    As usual in many academic fields: Too many Post Docs, too few more stable career options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as there are 100 PhD to 3.3 lecturers (IC careers service info if I remember correctly), Post Docs in particular in fields with litlle exposure to the private sector will be abused and then dumped (simple maths!). IC cannot do much but could do more to lobby relevant politicians and funding bodies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    UROP Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UROP in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - UROP in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    hands-on, both practical and theoretical, friendly staff, very helpful supervisors, great experience, week-ends always free

    Cons

    steep learning curve, labs are hard to book

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    International Undergraduate

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

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

    Pros

    Top uni, fantastic lecturer supports and reputation, job prospects are good

    Cons

    Expensive uni fee, ethos gym are not free even it only costs Gbp 35 to sign up. the international students pay 25,000 pounds a year with constant 500 pounds increase in every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better collaboration within departments. The clashed courses and subjects are not benefial to the students due to poor management synchronisation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place where to work

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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Imperial is a great place where to work full of nice people.

    Cons

    The only negative thing is the salary...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best time in many years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Great academics, motivational super, great people to work with. Life is what you make of it. What you get is the snob factor great equipment lots to learn and a reputation to set you up for life. Network with really great people
    You don't need to look for funding your super has done all that. Your super just needs a new pain in the neck!

    Cons

    Space gets tight. Pressure is high to achieve . Some of my fellow phd era were far to intelligent for their own good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compete with international unis, in a British way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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