Imperial College London Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
135 Reviews

3.9
135 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working hours, nice and fruitful environment, plenty of equipment and support available to use (in 7 reviews)

  • Good number of holidays, and flexible working hours (in 5 reviews)


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

  • It's too expensive to live in London (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best time in many years

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great academics, motivational super, great people to work with. Life is what you make of it. What you get is the snob factor great equipment lots to learn and a reputation to set you up for life. Network with really great people
    You don't need to look for funding your super has done all that. Your super just needs a new pain in the neck!

    Cons

    Space gets tight. Pressure is high to achieve . Some of my fellow phd era were far to intelligent for their own good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compete with international unis, in a British way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    it is amazing working here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial College London

    Pros

    The person here are talent

    Cons

    it is hard to meet teachers' requirement

  3.  

    Great University, great masters

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - very practical education
    - close relation to staff
    - very international colleagues

    Cons

    - expensive
    - no good food on campus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    very mixed indeed

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    some great people stand out
    good opportunities for networking/making contacts
    fantastic staff development team and postdoc support unit also excellent
    Great equalities team doing their best in very difficult environment

    Cons

    some parts of the College have toxic culture and poor employment practices
    culture of cuthroat competition - sink or swim in some departments
    practical/financial research support is given only to favoured "stars"
    some bad apples seem to be supported and their bad behaviour is condoned - HR is shocking in these cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to seriously address the well- known problems (systems and individuals) - make every part of the College step up to the benchmark set by the best Departments. Hold HR and Faculties to account.

    Never mind the fine words - staff are watching what you actually do about problems - act deciseively and make it known what you are doing.

    Remember that when people leave they tell others what their experiences have been - improve the culture to improve the College's reputation as an employer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Imperial College London as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great Equipment
    - Great people

    These two factors allow imperial to partake in cutting edge research. The research facilities are excellent and often back-up by people with strong expertise. It is a strong model and other universities should follow.

    Cons

    - poor middle management
    - bureaucracy
    - No training

    The middle management are completely and utterly disconnected from academics, students and even senior management. They have absolutely no idea what they are doing. They have too much influence. Whilst they are there not even the simplest of plans will be executed properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Postdoctoral training is non existent - as a university you could easily open up access to short courses or part time course

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Doing research as a student at a well-known university in London

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial College London

    Pros

    Opportunities for future employment, good location if you fancy big cities, highly ranked institution

    Cons

    Poor salary compare to other industries, isolating environment

  8.  

    Great place to work/study

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working hours are very flexible. The payment is good, especially given someone is doing a PhD at the same time.

    Cons

    The manager could be slightly pushy some times. The living expense near campus (central london) is quite high.

  9.  

    Male-dominated Imperial College lacks support structure and promotes unhealthy working conditions

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Free Counselling
    Free Meditation

    Very international. Met some interesting people there.

    Cons

    I had my worst time of my life at Imperial College.
    Bully groups, high pressure, working hours meant that I had no private life.
    Got depressed and burnt out. When I seeked for help, no opportunities to cut down the workload were offered. Instead I was asked to leave.
    Impossible attitude towards employees.
    Unrewarding and harsh environment. No support.
    This unsustainable culture will run Imperial College down.

    Hardly any core facilities, which makes it hard if you want to apply a plethora of techniques.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    World class teaching and research???

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow

    I worked at Imperial College London as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility (come and go pretty much when you want to as long as you get the job done).
    Some interesting research areas.
    Some very talented people.
    Some good location.

    Cons

    Management either plain incompetent or too busy marketing itself at conferences, meeting and other fancy networking events.
    Appalling disorganization in some departments/units, with people in different groups hardly communicating to each other.
    Suffocating hierarchical structure.
    Short term contracts renewed at the last minute.
    Lecturers not showing up for some classes, not even bothering to inform their (paying!) students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people in your group start leaving, one after another, then perhaps something wrong is going on?
    Higher management levels don't seem to bother to check how lower level perform in terms of retaining and developing talent, all they are concerned are decent publication numbers , even if these may be coming from publishing the same finding in many different ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent university - Demanding and Rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial College London

    Pros

    The skills acquired while at ICL and the experience gained was much more than expected, it is a very demanding environment, but also provides the right ground to develop.

    Cons

    Very tough competition and the highest of expectations.

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