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London Business School Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very good educational institution.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at London Business School

    Pros

    Excellent culture in the organisation.

    Cons

    Old world. Not in step with front line ideas.

  2.  

    Great place to work but don't value their people

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    Former Employee - Programmer Administrator
    Former Employee - Programmer Administrator

    I worked at London Business School

    Pros

    I worked at school for 5 years and enjoyed the work. It's a great place to work and a great organization to work for.

    Cons

    The school doesn't invest in their people but spend money in wrong places. Salaries should be reviewed as per market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too hierarchical and lots of money spent in the wrong places.

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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 London Business School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of places to eat and sit on campus. Right next to Regents park. Very close to Baker Street and Marylebone station. Staff are generally pleasant and get along. Annual pay rise dependant on performance and the companies success. 27 days holiday plus extra for longtime service. Low cost gym very close to campus. The Dean of the School is quite approachable and very endearing.

    Cons

    The way staff are treat by faculty is very poor. Most of faculty are quite disrespectful and patronising which staff are expected to put up with on a daily basis because "faculty are under a lot of pressure to have articles published" but its usually the tenured professors who are the worst and they have the least pressure. No development opportunities. Some support staff are asked to do things not related to work. The salary is lower than other institution in London.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult with staff more widely before changing processes. Inform faculty of changes through top management instead of having staff trying to persuade them to change the way they do things individually. Change what is acceptable communication between faculty and staff, there should be mutual respect. Be stricter with what faculty can claim for as expenses, lots of expensed items not related to work are approved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at London Business School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The staff and student body are very diverse which makes for a very enriching working environment. The opportunities for staff to get experience and progress are very good which compensates for the comparatively lower pay (compared to other UK HE institutions).

    Cons

    The management structure is very dense and change can take a long time. Also, the academic culture is a source of frustration to both staff and students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great teaching experience

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    Former Employee - Executive Education in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Education in London, England (UK)

    I worked at London Business School as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging students, collegiate atmosphere, dynamic environment, and courses that are adapted as circumstances change to incorporate the greatest and latest. I really enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    My experience is only related to teaching executive education courses at LBS. Teaching to that audience is perhaps not for everyone's taste, although I particularly enjoyed it. This audience is looking for practical knowledge that applies directly to their work experience. Therefore, they quickly lose attention if they see that the content of the course does not directly translated into something applicable.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Uninspiring

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

    I have been working at London Business School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great students on the full time MBA programme. Subsidised cafes and bedroom accommodation on site - the latter especially useful when you work late if you have a long commute

    Cons

    Low remuneration, patchy senior management team, debatable leadership and strategy, lack of personal development opportunities. Managers devolve everything really important and spend much of their time agonising over trivia. Role of admissions in the School's success is not fully understood. Support services in finance, HR and IT are all very second rate, as is much of the office accommodation. Remuneration figures quoted in adverts are before deductions for compulsory pension contributions - tax return time is always a stunning surprise when I see how little I've actually received through the year. Watch out for other misleading recruiting messages too - for instance around personal development and career potential - both non-existent, in Careers Department at least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your planning and budgeting and people management processes. Manage more, devolve less, harness the talents of those working for you and prioritise - on very limited resources you try to do too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at London Business School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cares about staff, motivates staff, great atmosphere and collaboration within the teams and the School overall. beautiful surroundings and campus. good working hours. nice colleagues

    Cons

    the pay is average but given the good working conditions it is acceptable. Other than that they are no further cons.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company - low salary

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

    I have been working at London Business School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - collaborative environment
    - flexible schedule
    - free access to gym, pool, library

    Cons

    - low salary
    - few possibilities to move vertically

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but poor staff development

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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 London Business School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with across staff, students and faculty.
    Challenging environment in which you feel that most people are really keen to to do the best they can.
    Incredibly international culture.
    Vibrant atmosphere where it always feels like there's something exciting going on.
    Can be quite innovative, although this often feels held back either by real practicalities or self-imposed operational bureaucracy.
    Beautiful location.
    Some fascinating research that actually seems applicable to most people's day-to-day lives.
    Very well respected within the international business education community.

    Cons

    Little staff development.
    High staff turnover.
    Seems to be little interest in sustainability.
    The international business education community is a small place and there is little support to help make sure any skills you develop are transferable into other sectors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you teach

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    What a mess!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at London Business School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    • Beautiful Regents Park close by
    • Many world class academics
    • Staff access to free gym, pool and library
    • Weekly free drinks; good pub attached to premises offering discounts to staff

    Cons

    • Sterile campus and sterile location. Poor catering services.
    • Extremely high staff turnover as good people often quickly leave
    • Staff treated like third class citizens compared to the academics and pay for staff is low
    • Academics dramatically overpaid and act accordingly. Many have little interest in the UK and spend most of their time (and the school's money) travelling business class to the US.
    • Crumbling IT systems
    • Hugely conservative and bureaucratic
    • Severely autocratic and bullying culture across several departments.
    • Some inspiring and forward-thinking managers who have fresh ideas are on the way up - but can only imagine change once the old guard leave (the lifers who have never worked anywhere else), as they are blocking the way
    • Arrogant: feel themselves outside the UK HE system but defensive about not being a US business school
    • Muddled twice-yearly performance reviews for staff. Bizarre new requirement for staff (but not academics) to be rated (pay-linked) according to how their behaviours reflect the institution's vision.
    • Non existent in-house professional development (for staff) and no budget for external training
    • Difficult to recommend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into the 21st Century; recognise staff and their abilities and reward properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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