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University College London Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
62 Reviews
4.4
62 Reviews
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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.  

    Good work environment, and good career prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Fun and interesting place, but occasionally bureaucratic.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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    Postdoc at UCL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Stimulating, supportive and intellectually-driven work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, surrounded by leading experts

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel you are on your own

  9.  

    gd team to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    excellent people and great environment

    Cons

    people have no ambition to drive the business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The opportunities are there, you just need to seek them out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Good reputation, wealth of research labs/groups, ample skills development courses/public interest lectures/support resources, stimulating colleagues

    Cons

    Feels like there's a lack of cohesion to a degree of apathy within divisions/departments, no structured career development, lack of professionalism, seems to be increasingly more about running a business rather than being an institution of learning.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    In the centre of London, nice people, to difficult to get permanent position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice location, interesting people but as friends.

    Cons

    The management and PIs are not busy with mentoring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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