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Medical Research Council Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Animal Technician
    Former Employee - Animal Technician

    I worked at Medical Research Council as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of of opportunities for career progression and good working hours

    Cons

    Routine work and time pressures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    a good place to get publications fast

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dundee, OR
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dundee, OR

    I have been working at Medical Research Council

    Pros

    very demanding environement but makes you progress in your career. Gets you publications, a good job and excellent recommendations to future employers.

    Cons

    A bit of a machine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your employees.

  3.  

    Great place for research but it depends on your research group

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A great place to do scientific research of the highest caliber. It is a great place to form research collaborations and attend stimulating talks by international researchers.

    Cons

    Research direction is often determined by the group leader. Expected to work evenings and weekends in order to be productive. Pay is relatively low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Wonderful cause, undermined by office politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You know what you're working for. Inspirational scientists with a real-world impact. Generous holiday allowance. Attempts to work within public sector limitations to make sure staff are properly remunerated.

    Cons

    No positive leadership. Bullying culture from the very top. Poor record of internal promotion and limited opportunities. Unfair practices when it comes to HR with some roles appearing from nowhere with no explanation. Inability to prioritise or allocate resources creates unnecessary stress and contributes to high staff turnover and uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat non-scientific staff as professionals and make more of a commitment to their professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place for Fresh IT Graduates but can be hard for professionals

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    Former Employee - Help Desk and Technical Support Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Help Desk and Technical Support Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, Flexible Time and excellent training and development program

    Cons

    Salary are not competitive, lower bands for IT analyst

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in human power and improve salaries for Support and Administration

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Average

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intellectually vibrant place to work

    Cons

    Salary way too low, as in all basic science

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase Salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Employer, Limited Scope for progression

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medical Research Council

    Pros

    good employer, good pension package

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, the career progression is rather limited

    Recommends
  9.  

    An excellent place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely friendly people to work with; time to explore and learn new techniques and technologies; very satisfying projects to work on - that might actually benefit human society in the long run; opportunities for networking.

    Cons

    At the moment, and for the foreseeable future the HGU will be a building site - the extremely limited parking will soon disappear!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project Management could be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Valuable Experience in Academia

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visiting Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Visiting Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Medical Research Council as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are very nice, despite the ambitious athmosphere. The CBU offers great resources and its closeness to the Cambridge University brings an additional range of benefits. Overall I can highly recommend applying to the CBU.

    Cons

    If you are going to undergo a PhD Programme in the CBU, a potential downside is the lack of conference funding. Students are encouraged to seek for funding in the colleges and via their external scholarships, which is fine most of the time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    MRC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council

    Pros

    great company to work for, stable job.

    Cons

    career progression is a no no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please treat services like E&E, IT etc with equal respect like scientific staffs.

    Approves of CEO

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