Imperial College London

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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
166 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, nice and fruitful environment, plenty of equipment and support available to use (in 9 reviews)

  • Good number of holidays, and flexible working hours (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • teaching might require working long hours to match standards (in 7 reviews)

  • Main site is in South Kensington, very expensive to live there (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    International Undergraduate

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

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

    Pros

    Top uni, fantastic lecturer supports and reputation, job prospects are good

    Cons

    Expensive uni fee, ethos gym are not free even it only costs Gbp 35 to sign up. the international students pay 25,000 pounds a year with constant 500 pounds increase in every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better collaboration within departments. The clashed courses and subjects are not benefial to the students due to poor management synchronisation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A life changing experience

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great intellectual/profissional environment. Very dynamic environment. Great opportunity for learning, networking and CV building. Good perks in terms of health benefits and pension plans.

    Cons

    Pressurized, and standards are really high, and paycheck will not reflect your experience or degree of accomplishment in the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good for the PhD education

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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)

    Pros

    Culture diversity, good training system and supervision.

    Cons

    There are not so many opportunities for student to contact industry guys.

    Approves of CEO
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    Enjoyable place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    You never know what new experience the day is going to bring, very varied environment so you never get bored.

    Cons

    Management redtape and management bias when it comes to enuring that all team members carry out their duties effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For an educational establishment you really do need to support staff more in their continuing professional development!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Protecting and nurturing bullies

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Access to high quality infrastructure and resources, the cache of working for a "top" institution.

    Cons

    A management culture that prefers to suppress complaints rather than investigate them, and is happy to let bullies thrive as long as they are "productive". For all their kind words, if you go to them with a complaint management will work behind the scenes to make sure nothing happens - a typical tactic is to wait so long that your legal options have been timed out. Academic management have an excuse for being useless - they aren't trained in management. But Human Resources have no excuse. They know exactly what they are doing. Some of them are malicious and seem to take pleasure in the pain they cause.

    This is an institution who has an employment lawyer from one of the most expensive legal firms in the country (the Queen's solicitors) on retainer, working on site one day a week. And they make full use of them. The lawyer isn't there to help Imperial stick to the law. They are there to help them get away with flouting it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your jobs properly. You have policies on bullying harassment and victimisation - implement them. When someone complains of bullying, don't assume they are a trouble-maker. When several people complain, don't call it a conspiracy. Some big name professors get where they are by threatening, exploiting and oppressing their staff, not by actually being any good. If you removed them, the staff under them would flourish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Inefficient, over-ranked, and bloated university.

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    Current Employee - Marie Curie Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Fellow in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Scientifically amazing and friendly working colleagues.
    Lively surroundings in London provides good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Inefficient administration and central facilities
    Culture that relies of health and safety to reduce work load
    Administration that uses bureaucracy as an excuse to not work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the university back from the administrators. This is a college that should be educating the next generation's leaders and solving scientific challenges, not just paying administrators' salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place where to work

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

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

    Pros

    Imperial is a great place where to work full of nice people.

    Cons

    The only negative thing is the salary...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Relatively happy, easy-going and interesting workplace

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great location (South Kensington) with beautiful surroundings (Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall, museums, etc); prestigious reputation; public sector benefits (good pension, sick pay, extra leave on top of your annual leave when college is closed for Easter, Christmas, etc); relatively stable job market (security); access to library, student catering outlets and the gym/swimming pool; fairly easy-going office culture; good training opportunities; good support for those with long-term health issues and/or disabilities; highest salary (for my role) compared to other London universities.

    Cons

    The College can be a little old fashioned and stuck in its ways at times. No opportunity for flexible working in my (student-facing) department. Some of the buildings/facilities are stuck in the 1960s (particularly administrative departments). No air conditioning in my building (which is a furnace in the summer!) Once you've reached the highest pay level within your role you are more or less stuck on that salary forever, unless you leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There tends to be a 'one rule for one person, one rule for another' climate at times. In my opinion a good manager should follow the rules they set their employees themselves. So if no one else can leave work early, neither should they! 'Do as I say, don't do as I do' should be eliminated in order to be fair to all staff, whatever their level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Generally satisfied - pleasnat experience

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work and there are always money available for reseseah purposes. Great support from experienced professors of the department and a well-structured MSc project in general.

    Cons

    Could benefit from more young group leaders on the field. Marking should be quicker and not take that long. Lack of opportunities for students wishing to stay at the Departmenet of Surgery and Cancer for a PhD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to your students to stay at the department

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are (un)limited potentials

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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)

    Pros

    You get to make friends fairly quickly here and the work is exciting. You don't just work here but continuously learn and build your credibility. Having Imperial on your CV already says you're doing something great.

    Cons

    Bad policies. Forget about being in academia and trying to do something good in a relaxed environment - these are all fantasies. Expectations are high and unrealistic. There is no such thing as rewards. Just forget sleeping, friends or family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're trying to run an academic institution like a corporate business, at least pay staffs like one, not 50% of what they actually worth. Always remember that the staffs are the ones who keeps the place going, treat them right and dont pretend like you already are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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