Imperial College London

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Imperial College London Reviews in London, England

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
165 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.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, exception quality of staff (academic and professional), exciting projects, strong vision and identity, well respected organisation, Imperial supports staff and staff with families, promotes training. Just a good place to work, great name on the CV

    Cons

    lack of space but this will be addressed soon as it is expanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote working from home, staff discounts for food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic university

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

    Pros

    Great facilities and world experts as professors

    Cons

    PhDs are expected to work hard and alone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for postgrad study or work

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 Imperial College London as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    World class research and minds. Very much dependent on what you work on and with whom, but the projects are generally at the cutting edge of science and engineering. Imperial's status in the UK and Europe also means funding will keep coming in as long as there is money for research.

    Cons

    Vision is shifting to money-making rather than answering fundamental questions (probably due to funding climate).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place overall to study for a PhD

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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

    Excellent equipment and other material resources. Good study environment with many experienced people. Very good opportunities for career development via available courses at Graduate school.

    Cons

    Low salary (albeit tax free) compared to a PhD in other countries. Work-life balance is mostly dependent on supervisor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure supervisors are properly check for their ability to supervise research from students. Lecturer are supervised for lecturing abilities but not supervisors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic College

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

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

    Pros

    Great focus on innovation, very friendly staff and good food (for London standards). Also, fantastic location.

    Cons

    Do not expect your university life to be easy, very hard degrees but also rewarding, as you feel you are really learning.

  7.  

    Great place to work although the pay is lousy

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 Imperial College London full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Cutting edge research takes place there.
    - Working with people at the top of the field.
    - Very strong reputation.

    Cons

    Salaries are low for post-docs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give post-docs more money. The salaries are nearly equivalent to those paid by universities outside of London, without the excessive living costs that London brings. In danger of creating an environment where only rich people can afford to become a post-doc there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Excellent company, good perks

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 Imperial College London full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Imperial College has a development team and centre just for post-docs, fairly unique! Good number of holidays, and flexible working hours. Research done at college is at a high level, reasonably friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Main site is in South Kensington, very expensive to live there. Has additional sites all over London, which can make meeting with collaborators take a while to do (40 - 60 min commute between the 2 sites I regularly work between). In terms of paperwork and admin, health and safety stuff is slightly worse than other UK universities I've worked at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lessen the paperwork, and allow post-docs to apply for funding (not just as co-applicants, if your PI agrees).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Valuable learning experience but extremely frustrating.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Excellent resources in terms of equipment. The technical staff and kit in the workshops is of the highest quality. The experience and knowledge of the academic staff is second to none.

    This gives a great environment to carry out high level research, but only for the truly independent scientist.

    Oh, and a great mix of people.

    Cons

    Central admin is absolutely useless. They cannot be trusted to do their job in a timely manner and it ends up being your responsibility that things are carried through. They frequently act as if the research staff is in fact the support staff.

    Promotion within the research staff is based on academic prowess (ability to acquire grant money). However, the academics are then required to become managers of growing teams. They lack experience or training for this task. This results in poor hire choices, muddled project objectives and wasted talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the academics in management properly. It will achieve stronger research outcomes, which of course leads to create research income.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Research Placement (UROP program)

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

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

    Pros

    great experience, learned a lot of statistical modelling methods

    Cons

    pay barely covered housing rent

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Friendly and supportive place to work with lots of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Adviser in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, supportive and progressive managers

    Cons

    Not enough money for my department. No permanent contract available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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