Imperial College London Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Good

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good professional environment nice to work for

    Cons

    Some admin is quite slow

    Advice to Management

    Some admin is a bit slow


  2. very good, Imperial is definitely a good place to be in

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

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

    Pros

    location, people, structure, holidays, city

    Cons

    hard, work, competition, long work hours, pressure


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good place to post-doc

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

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

    Pros

    Post doc development center is an excellent facility that isn’t available at many universities – providing an array of training and coaching for further academic or non-academic careers

    Cons

    The cons very much depends on which campus you end up at – for example at the Hammersmith campus the facilities are terrible


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Hierarchical irrational management

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

    I worked at Imperial College London as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues both the academic staff below management level and the junior administrators.

    Cons

    Irrational high-pressure atmosphere. Make many permanent academics redundant every few years

    Advice to Management

    Restore tenure


  6. Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme. Very good experience for students either in first year of studies.

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance. No specified timetable. Just finish what you were assigned to do.

    Cons

    Not very well paid considering the level of intellectual abilities required to complete the project.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Corporate attitude, poorly managed

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are many good colleagues across sciences and it is a prestigious university (if you like that kind of thing).

    Cons

    It's a very target focused environment, with a survival of the fittest attitude. This is not conducive to happiness of employees or actually good science. Management are very explicit about it not being a charity and they consequently feel they owe staff nothing. There is a frequent analogy with a market and faculty are stall holders who have to pay rent through grant income. Or analogy with a bank, and they make a loan to you (when you start) that you then have to pay back (through grant income). I don't know of other academic institutions in the UK where this is made that explicit. Administration and high-level management are very very wasteful, with prestige projects that lose money, which then have to be paid for by increasing grant income from faculty. They are also having a huge building project, that again has to be These problems are particularly bad in the Faculty of Medicine. Another problem is that there is no career advancement mechanism in the Faculty of Medicine to move from post-doc to lecturer etc.

    Advice to Management

    Observe how other universities are run. Make management less centralised.


  8. Interesting work but sometimes can tend to be high pressure in what can be a very competitive environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting research, great experimental work, freedom of thought, managing your own time. Mixing with academics at the top of their field. Certainly not a boring place to be.

    Cons

    Can be high pressure at times, tend to work far more hours than are contracted and it can feel competitive against peers.

    Advice to Management

    Priority over facilities should be dependent on research income


  9. Excellent workplace, environment and supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. 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


  11. 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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