Imperial College London Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Excellent workplace, environment and supervisor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent support from college:
    - Easy access to leading PhDs
    - Extremely patient supervisor that's willing to spend a lot of time to make sure you understand your task
    - Opportunity to learn a lot
    - Very enjoyable, collaborative workplace
    - Fairly long working hours (but I thoroughly enjoyed it)

    Cons

    - Steep learning curve
    - Requires a lot of discipline to do your work as you're not scheduled a fixed working hour


  2. Life changing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stimulating intellectual work envirnoment
    prestige
    Great facilities
    great support from phd supervisor

    Cons

    Can be demanding at times
    Living cost
    can improve further collaboration between deptarments/ research teams

    Advice to Management

    Simplify and speed up administration


  3. Helpful (3)

    Not ideal for medical research students

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

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

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

    Pros

    Location!
    Great seminars/lectures organised by university
    Networking events

    Cons

    Unfortunately your development as researcher depend on your luck of supervisor. There is no consistency between the groups and there are some really bad ones, which seem on the outside as the lab with an expert leader. In reality you are left on your own, with no support/feedback, no opportunities. You have to do everything yourself and there is no point in asking graduate school for help as you will be just ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Stop covering each other backs! University should be for students and researchers and not admins organising some silly days so they have a day off. Each supervisor should be properly assessed and if there are any concerns applicant should know about them and not being lied to on how much they are going to learn.


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  5. Research Assistant

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

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place with great people! You know you are with some of the most exceptional minds of our world. People are open and willing to give you time to talk and bounce research ideas.

    Cons

    It can be expensive to live in Central London but lovely nevertheless :) It is South Kensington after all!

    Advice to Management

    Filly out timesheets can be a little bureaucratic!


  6. Post Doc

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Imperial does a lot for the professional development of its employees. It's a very good University with really good colleagues.

    Cons

    As usual in many academic fields: Too many Post Docs, too few more stable career options.

    Advice to Management

    As long as there are 100 PhD to 3.3 lecturers (IC careers service info if I remember correctly), Post Docs in particular in fields with litlle exposure to the private sector will be abused and then dumped (simple maths!). IC cannot do much but could do more to lobby relevant politicians and funding bodies.


  7. UROP Experience

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

    I worked at Imperial College London as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    hands-on, both practical and theoretical, friendly staff, very helpful supervisors, great experience, week-ends always free

    Cons

    steep learning curve, labs are hard to book

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. Experience at Imperial College

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

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to progress, good team, good home work ethos

    Cons

    Need to update internal processes with the times, using old systems


  9. Helpful (4)

    Highly stimulating environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious and big employer with excellent reputation for research
    Good research facilities
    Excellent opportunity for learning and development
    Nice colleagues, diverse, open-minded and friendly
    Intellectually stimulating atmosphere, lots of things are going on
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Lack of career progression, to move up you need to move out.
    Loyalty to institution is not valued and is seen as a liability and inability
    Bullying, intimidation and no job security. After 4 years as a postdoc you become permanent and your contract could be terminated with 1 month notice and barely 1 month pay. This creates a vial atmosphere of dependency and bullying. Lots of nasty things are going behind the lab doors and the Institute doesn't care as long as PI brings in bags of money. It's all about money.
    Sexism - if you are a woman your life is harder.

    Advice to Management

    Ask more for feedback and be receptive to feedback. React to bullying and harassment allegations. Even if education is a business it has to have a human face.


  10. International Undergraduate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  11. A life changing experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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.



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