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University College London Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
75 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • way better work life balance compare to companies of course (in 5 reviews)

  • It has a relaxed environment with flexible working hours and sociable co workers (in 5 reviews)


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

  • And office space is at a premium so I do share an office with several others (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    Pros

    Research job, potentially leaves time for self-study.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n.a.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    very inefficient and slow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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.

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