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University College London Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
69 Reviews
4.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible, good work life balance, interesting job (in 4 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)

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

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  1.  

    PhD at UCL

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Well known and it's name and fame speaks for its own. Well recognised and well connected for external collaborations.
    -great location of course, great links for transport.

    Cons

    The national scholarship is not enough to live in London (even with "London allowance", just not enough).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great university to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great staff, great people, good pay

    Cons

    London is expensive, facilities ageing a bit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    PhD Salary

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Great Amazing Yes No

    Cons

    basic lifestyle mom treasure dino

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep off my biscuits you monsters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good PhD at UCL

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I guess that the PhD experience depends on many factors, i.e. in which department you are working, who is your supervisor and what is your project. However, being at a top university as UCL helps you especially on a non-research point of view. First I found extremely useful all the university services such as the Career and Doctoral training services, with plenty of non-academic courses and events being organised during the term. Second, being in London is a fantastic opportunity to network. If you are interested in staying in academia you can visit people at nearby universities to discuss your results or to solve possible obstacles in your research. Its incredible how many conferences and science divulgation events are organised in London, you just have to keep your eyes open. If on the other side you are not interested in academia, but after a PhD you want to move into a industry...well, in London you can find Industries in all the possible fields, so even in that case it is easy to find good opportunities.

    Cons

    What I mostly disliked is that UCL is so central in London that all the facilities are badly distributed and of very low quality. Recently there has been a continuous refurbishment of obsolete areas around the Uni, so I guess that UCL is trying to invest strongly on new buildings and new areas. At the moment it is often very complicated to find good office space. In the last three years I have been working in a office with more than 10 people and with no windows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work environment, and good career prospects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    University work allows for a balanced work/life.All conditions to conduct your research, especially when it is funded externally. Big university that gives you access to wide range of experts for cross-disciplinary support. Also frequent seminars by external experts. Personally, good for CV and future career prospects.

    Cons

    Very fast paced and market/grant driven environment. Not as much collaboration as would be possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very professional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing University. As well as working within the area I was assigned it was encouraged that interns seek out people from other parts of the company in order to learn more about the different areas within RR.
    - Supportive Team
    - Loads of Feedback
    - Interesting Projects

    Cons

    It can be difficult to pick up some of the more technical terms and processes during a 10-12 week internship which makes the first few weeks a little more challenging.

  8.  

    Fun and interesting place, but occasionally bureaucratic.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Its reputation means they push you hard and expect a lot. To help with this is a lot of support from colleagues and admin. Professional and personal facilities are great and there are a lot of opportunities to meet potential collaborators and contacts. Near the centre of London, good transport links, and great food and entertainment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, specially health and safety, and the time required to get projects done by estates. London is expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more estates people. Reduce the bureaucracy involved in getting small modifications to buildings so that equipment can be fitted easily and rapidly. Ask H&S personelle to work more closely with employees to not only remonstrate with them or deny their requests on H&S grounds, but to suggest alternatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Postdoc at UCL

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, many opportunities for personal and professional growth

    Cons

    If you have a problem, you might need to talk to several different persons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between the single departments and the general office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    studying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    freedom, good researchers, good work/life balance and flexible hours

    Cons

    research facilities may be limited due to space limitation n funding (depending on subjects of study)

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stimulating, supportive and intellectually-driven work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great urban location, prestigious institution, talented student contingent

    Cons

    lack of abundant facilities in some cases, slightly low salary for prestige and flagship university status

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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