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University College London Reviews

Updated April 1, 2014
Updated April 1, 2014
59 Reviews
4.2
59 Reviews
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Pros
  • It has a relaxed environment with flexible working hours and sociable co workers (in 5 reviews)

  • Very flexible, good work life balance, interesting job (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is little opportunity for career advancement and senior management was less than helpful in terms of career advice and guidance (in 2 reviews)

  • Very old style pay scheme and promotion system; Can be isolated from the faculty level; Staying too long in the lab (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    Fabulous setting in the heart of London

    Cons

    Negative management who simply do not want to listen to their junior staff who have a wealth of experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your staff are telling you especially if the Management have been therefore less than 5 minutes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok for a short time, but don't stay for too long.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Lots of freedom and independency, but this may depend on your line manager.
    - Potentially interesting work, depending on the project you are working on.
    - UCL is well recognised, so potentially a good stepping stone on the career ladder if willing to move on.

    Cons

    - Salaries in academia are low and living costs in London are high.
    - The university is quite bureaucratic and run by admin types.
    - Some of the management (professors) are out of touch with reality.
    - Career advancement within the university is bad, but this is a reality of academia in general.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    It was great helpful and enjoying

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    Former Employee - Cleaner  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cleaner in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and loving people. Good atmosphere with a separate staff room and kitchen.

    Cons

    Gets tiring at certain times of year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    UCL is a good place to do academic research.

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

    I worked at University College London

    Pros

    - technical facilities are great
    - career development options are excellent
    - flexible working hours

    Cons

    - not a very productive or motivating research environment, but this depends on the laboratory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - management is mostly very distant, in fact mostly self-managed myself
    - very political correct, to the point the the reputation of the institute counts more than each individual

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Job is ok. Pain to get anything changed, like salary.

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    Current Employee - IT Support Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Support Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    Equivalent annual leave to about 35 days a year!
    Generally relaxed atmosphere.
    Equal opportunities. No discrimination.
    Ok salary.

    Cons

    Was initially not paid according to work I was doing and took a long time to change.
    Far too bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great university, if you are in the right department and is planning to go academia.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    Good work life balance; Pension retirement scheme; Good opportunities for people are planning to go academia; Good university; Good chances for research funding application.

    Cons

    Very old style pay scheme and promotion system; Can be isolated from the faculty level; Staying too long in the lab.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was all right.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    A university is a good employer. The pay covered my tuition fees for a PhD and living expenses. It is nice to be around eager young and optimistic minds.

    Cons

    It is not a great place to work if one does not enjoy teaching. Unfortunately a large number of students are more interested in getting a degree than learning to think

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raising fees will possibly allow market forces to make the university more effective as a learning institution, and hopefully improve the standard of teaching.

  9.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London

    Pros

    One of the best universities in the UK. Strong academic research atmosphere

    Cons

    In central London, a bit noisy and expensive. But if you like the buzz, it would be best.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Research

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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

    Pros

    The culture is very laid back and there is a lot of flexibility in terms of working hours and work/lifestyle balance

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for career advancement and senior management was less than helpful in terms of career advice and guidance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be useful to put more talent management schemes in place to ensure young, talented individuals are interested in working with the brand

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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