Imperial College London Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Research Associate

    Current Employee - London in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - London in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Good flexible working hours and forty eight days annual leave. Ability to go to conferences and training courses and good administration support.

    Cons

    it is very difficult to get promoted. there is no clear career progress plans within the organisation for research associates.

    Advice to Management

    Identify clear plans for career progress and development for research associates and research fellows. Include clear metrics for promotions and success.

  2. Great, but doesn't quite live up to its reputation

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good location, good salary, good staff (at least in my experience).

    Cons

    Department resources are minimal, despite the enormous amount of money they retain. Admin related requirements, such as submission of contracts or important documents is poor.

  3. Good place to work especially for people with children.

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Imperial College strives to be inclusive education and offers flexible working hours for some knowledge based unmanned positions. Decent benefits and time off with support for continuous development. Located in a nice part of town.

    Cons

    Very slow decision making from senior management, sometimes a result of paralysis from analysis. Although there have been efforts to br more inclusive at ground level there are still biases which can be very subtle on the surface whilst still being undermining.

    Advice to Management

    More enthusiasm about the people and less pomp about the hierarchy. Take a steer from Google and have honest conversations about unconscious biases.

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  5. Its been a good run. Senior Management starting to diversify but needs more. Better than most, not quite Google.

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    very flexible, strives to be inclusive.

    Cons

    The organisation could benefit by being more dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Be more relationship focused as opposed to just benefits.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Not responding expectation

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The College name is a pass-part tout.

    Cons

    Not mentoring and personal development.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in the college only one maximum two years to just add the institution to your CV

  7. Helpful (2)

    Reputable, but that's it

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good infrastructure with plenty of bright people to work with. There are a lot of opportunities for training and self-development, as well as discounts on courses run by the College. It is a place to build a reputation for yourself.

    Cons

    Difficult to get in, and difficult to stay. Expectations are high, and the criteria for progression are ridiculous. Very little pay, and long hours. Highly stressful environment with very little reward.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your staffs appropriately. Many staffs are passionate about work but this is seen as a way to be exploited by the employer.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Top science in a pretty toxic environment

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

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by excellent science.
    The facilities are excellent.
    Excellent catering on the South Kensington campus in the SCR.
    Excellent facilities and support for improving foreign language skills.
    Excellent sports facilities at South Kensington, including a swimming pool.
    London location makes it easy to collaborate with institutions such as UCL, King's, LSE etc, and also to access their libraries with the SCONUL card.
    IT, library facilities all worked very well.
    Central university support for PhD students to attend conferences.
    Sensible focus on developing transferable skills for PhD.
    My department encouraged all PhD students to have a mentor, and this was very helpful.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy extremely inflexible, driven by central desire to save costs in a way that often felt counter-productive (such as common scenario of two members of PhD/research staff attempting to books tickets through a complex system raising purchase orders, which disrupted a couple of hours all-in-all, in order to save fairly minimal administrative costs generated by expenses forms. Such systems generated tensions between academic/research and professional staff, which is unfortunate.
    Intensely competitive, often dog-eat-dog environment. It seemed to me relatively frequent to come into contact with aggressive, unfriendly or bullying academics compared to other universities of equivalent stature.
    One supervisor who completely neglected student after self-funded student (cancelling meetings at the last minute or just not turning up, failing to read papers/chapters sent to him), who then would eventually drop out (I counted around 10 dropping out during my three years), was never sanctioned in any way. The management told me it was a case of buyer beware.
    Many people in my department were unhappy. There was very little feeling of a department community.
    Central library at South Kensington a little noisy, even in silent zones.

    Advice to Management

    Keep count of the PhD students who begin a PhD with each supervisor and act swiftly to prevent supervisors recruiting more if drop-out rates are a lot higher than average.
    Support strengths such as the languages department and the sports facilities.
    Tackle the aggressive working culture, perhaps by encouraging retention of popular professional staff with excellent people skills, who often quickly left, as such staff can radically alter the atmosphere in a department quite quickly.

  9. mater degree

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good quality of teaching
    in line with job market
    location

    Cons

    tuition fees are too high

  10. Helpful (3)

    PhD in Chemical Engineering

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

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, sometimes free food

    Cons

    Admin Staff ridiculous, university doesn't actually care about you.

  11. Good environment

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No barrier between academics and admin / management.

    Cons

    Busy and demanding at times

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