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  1.  

    Well supported research post with access to great facilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A very well connected research institution that performs very well in attracting funding and training staff. Remarkably well positioned to interact with the clinic via partnership with the Royal Marsden Hospital.

    Cons

    Tending toward translational projects, possibly at the cost of basic research.
    The Institute is split between two sites, which can present frustration for collaborative activities between teams.

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    Good starting experience

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    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good funding as well as a huge variety of different projects and techniques throughout the company. Lovely staff to work with, good canteen for lunch. Widely recognised for quality research

    Cons

    Pay levels seem to stay low with no overtime or bonus available, but overtime is still expected to be worked.

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    More business like than academic research institute

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Sutton, London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, access to more clinical aspects of research, opportunity to collaborate with good teams. Basic but has sports facility, socialising occasions.

    Cons

    For basic science project, it is better to be in Chelsea than in Sutton in terms of collaborations or getting help in general. There were more scientific officers than postdocs so if you like the university-based atmosphere, it's not the best choice.

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    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research

    Pros

    learn lot of new stuff. good supportive team, learn a lot about GCP ICH and clinical trials. internal development with good support

    Cons

    little chance of career progression. job selection for colleague was not fare. few member of team are burden on DM team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

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  6.  

    A quiet leader in basic and translational cancer research with unparalleled drug development capabilities

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

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research

    Pros

    ICR encompasses some everything from basic tumour biology to truly translational cancer science and oncology drug development. It's rated the top research organisation in the UK (RAE 2008) and is responsible for countless numbers of oncology drugs which have or are about to reach market e.g. Carboplatin, Melphalan, Abiraterone, Olaparib (via Kudos), HSP90 and PI3K inhibitors. Modern buildings and some of the best scientists in the industry offer an outstanding environment in which to excel.

    Cons

    I agree with the other review. Not all staff at ICR are outstanding and not all are that motivated. They could achieve so much more!! There are also limited core facilities, which puts them at odds with many other comparative organisations. They need to work better with their clinical partners, the Royal Marsden Hospital, if they are to achieve their goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need a new business focused CEO and an excellent core team of chief scientists to lead ICRs scientific strategy. An improved relationship with the Royal Marsden Hospital and collaboration on Fundraising would increase revenue and status within the UK and abroad.

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    High quality cancer research institute in central London.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research

    Pros

    Some of the labs are world-renowned, with excellent reputation. As an institution, it is attractive in that it spans all facets of cancer research and drug development from basic R&D, to development, to drug screening to clinical trials.

    Cons

    Not all of the staff or researchers are highly motivated or talented. Although the location is quite good in central London or Sutton.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to always be sure to contribute to professional developement of employees, although there is some of that in place, including training and coursework.

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