Medical Research Council

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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    An excellent place to work!

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    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Extremely friendly people to work with; time to explore and learn new techniques and technologies; very satisfying projects to work on - that might actually benefit human society in the long run; opportunities for networking.

    Cons

    At the moment, and for the foreseeable future the HGU will be a building site - the extremely limited parking will soon disappear!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project Management could be improved.

    Recommends
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    Valuable Experience in Academia

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visiting Student  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Visiting Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Medical Research Council as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are very nice, despite the ambitious athmosphere. The CBU offers great resources and its closeness to the Cambridge University brings an additional range of benefits. Overall I can highly recommend applying to the CBU.

    Cons

    If you are going to undergo a PhD Programme in the CBU, a potential downside is the lack of conference funding. Students are encouraged to seek for funding in the colleges and via their external scholarships, which is fine most of the time.

    Recommends
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    Friendly organisation with great training opportunities for early in career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Trialist At Clinical Trials Unit  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Trialist At Clinical Trials Unit in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment: does not feel heirarchical
    Great reputation
    Opportunties for travel
    Training opportunities are good- especially for those starting a career in clinical trials, who often move on to senior positions at other organisations within a few years
    Opportunities to work outside of your formal job description allow you to build up further expertise and carve out the career you want.
    Academic environment allows greater involvement in trial design and decision making
    Lunchtime seminars with great external speakers
    Flexi-time

    Cons

    Employees often find they have to leave to progress in their field- promotion can be difficult.
    Whilst you often find yourself working outside your formal job description and this can be interesting and challenging, this is not always properly recognised by management in terms of pay and promotion opportunities
    Salaries are lower than found elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review promotional opportunites to avoid losing accomplished staff.

    Recommends
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    Excellent support from a prestigious research council but poor stipend value compared to Wellcome Trust

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    Current Employee - PhD Student- Immunology
    Current Employee - PhD Student- Immunology

    I have been working at Medical Research Council

    Pros

    -Prestigious research funding body; even non-scientists know who they are
    -Generous travel allowance (~ £500 p.a)
    -Access to world-leading resources

    Cons

    -Stipend is CONSIDERABLY lower than those given by the Wellcome Trust or charities such as ARC or the MS society (these funding streams start at ~ £19,000- £21,000 p.a, MRC is around £13,000)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer greater financial incentives for PhD students; there is a great disparity between your funding stream and projects in the charity / private sector.

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