University College London Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Pros
  • way better work life balance compare to companies of course (in 5 reviews)

  • Very flexible, great people and values (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Holy Moses it is expensive to live in London (in 2 reviews)

  • At the moment it is often very complicated to find good office space (in 2 reviews)

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  1. UCL researcher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    Great people, very friendly, good support from managers and flexible working hours

    Cons

    Job dependent on grant funding, high turnover of members in lab

    Advice to Management

    Increase help to secure fellowships for future career progression


  2. Postdoctoral Research Associate in CDB

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good community of scientists who are willing to share ideas, equipment and reagents.

    Cons

    The administration, and the Human Resources Department specifically, are prone to errors.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the way HR handles visa applications.


  3. UCL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to form collaborations within the university. Great flexibility so good work-life balance. Plenty of skills development opportunities if you look for them.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career progression for internal staff members, general policy appears to be to hire in from outside


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  5. Space is bursting

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    Current Employee - Greater London in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Greater London in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues, central location near good amenities, transparent interview process, many opportunities to collaborate with global institutions

    Cons

    Facilities are very poor. Very limited space for offices and lecture rooms, poor maintenance of buildings and slow to respond to essential fixing requests, many noise disturbances from equipment, ceremonies, and general city noise, old buildings are too hot in summer and cold in winter.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in lecture rooms and maintenance. Productivity of staff is being hampered by a lack of facilities.


  6. Good place to study

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good international reputation so it adds value to your resume. The school is a walking distance to many facilities in the city. The libraries are also well equipped.

    Cons

    There is a misconception about what the school can offer. They are not very sincere with the facilities they have available so unless they give you full funding, you have to look elsewhere to get a better value for your money. Many of the topics are unrealistic, which is common to academia.

    Advice to Management

    The university should be open about what they can offer and what their limitations. Get rid of bureaucracy so that students can communicate their challenges. The institution is no longer appealing to foreign students because of the feedback from other students.


  7. Computer Science Post Doc at UCL

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic environment and very professional.

    Cons

    Weather sucks and you have to love a big city with all its travel inconveniences.


  8. Both good and "challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice benefits, good work life balance. Autonomy in ones work.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than market rate, and Ince at top of pay band (easy to achieve) you pay is maxed out with no real chance of promotion. A "once hired, never fired attitude" means that some colleagues once in the door can never be shown it. Promotions given on patronage rather than skill.

    Advice to Management

    Address the patronage and chronism properly rather than by flimsy HR policie . Introduce better nonacademic pay scales. Reduce complexity of firing incompetent staff.


  9. Often frustrating, occasionally rewarding

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    Former Employee - Training Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Training Officer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well renowned university, good annual leave and generally a friendly working environment.

    Cons

    Poor management and very little information flow down to the coal face. Very little internal movement or career development.


  10. Great personal freedom, average people and conditions

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

    I have been working at University College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Research job, potentially leaves time for self-study.

    Cons

    Not an excellent team, but that ultimately depends on project partners

    Advice to Management

    n.a.


  11. Was a nice experience there, but definitely do not want to stay for long term.

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

    I worked at University College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    way better work life balance compare to companies of course

    Cons

    research groups doing unbelievably similar things and they share a lab.....very very bad and stressful

    Advice to Management

    very inefficient and slow



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