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Imperial College London Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
139 Reviews
3.9
139 Reviews
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Imperial College London President & Rector Sir Keith O’Nions
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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.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Nice place to work at, except for usual academia 'mafia'

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    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

    Very good university, generally nice environment.

    Although work load is usually high and you get to work long hours, you have great flexibility (you can work at whatever time you want, as long as you deliver and publish).

    Great location.

    Bike, shower and gym facilities available.

    Cons

    Long working hours in spite of flexible hours, hard to keep work/life balance.

    As is common in academia, senior professors, even at top universities, have often lost track of research and end up delegating lots of their own work to their research assistants (overloading us, but usually getting the credit and the payment for it).

    As is also common in academia, permanent lecturing positions are rare (you need to wait for someone to retire or die...). Research assistant's contracts are project-based, which means you have little stability.

    While the salary is not bad, it is still not enough to have a fully comfortable life in central London (with this salary you most likely need to share a flat or so).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great if professors' performance was assessed more strictly to stop the abuses that often take place in academia (which I myself have experienced).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    very mixed indeed

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    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great place to work

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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 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
  11.  

    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

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