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University College London Reviews

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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3.9 50 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

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Michael Arthur

(3 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFabulous setting in the heart of London

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great helpful and enjoying

    Cleaner (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    ConsGets tiring at certain times of year

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    UCL is a good place to do academic research.

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

    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 Senior Management- 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

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

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Research Associate (Current Employee)

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

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

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    It was all right.

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsA 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementRaising 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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    Good place to work

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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