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The Institute of Cancer Research Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
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  1.  

    Well supported research post with access to great facilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A very well connected research institution that performs very well in attracting funding and training staff. Remarkably well positioned to interact with the clinic via partnership with the Royal Marsden Hospital.

    Cons

    Tending toward translational projects, possibly at the cost of basic research.
    The Institute is split between two sites, which can present frustration for collaborative activities between teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Very dependent on what lab you work in

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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 The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture at the ICR is very informal, and if you work for the right person, it could be a good place to work. Annual leave entitlements are generous. The name recognition of the Institute should increase in future, making it a more prestigious place to work.

    Cons

    The leadership is lacking, although this is also dependent on what lab you work in. There's a sense that team leaders can and will say anything they want to, and there seems to be little protection for employees and students again discrimination and bullying, despite the Institute's on-paper commitment to tackling these issues. Of course, the compensation is also poor, with the idea that since you do cancer research you must not need money to live on in London.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people who do the actual day-to-day work that gets you published. People want to succeed, but if you make it difficult for them with a poisonous atmosphere and little focus on the actual science, they will leave and your funding will be hard to renew.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    It's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros very much depend on what Team you are working in. Half the employees are extremely happy and satisfied. There is a good community spirit and organised social activities.

    Cons

    The other half of the employees are extremely unhappy. The Institute is hierarchical - there are Kings and there are minions. I worked there 3 years and I did not see one promotion. There is no upward movement allowed - the position you are hired in, will be the position you are in in 10 years. If your Team Leader leaves the institute, the whole team is made REDUNDANT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Institute needs to get with the times. It's "Old Boy Network" (though they are positively discriminating women at the moment so it looks like they're "Modern")

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good starting experience

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    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good funding as well as a huge variety of different projects and techniques throughout the company. Lovely staff to work with, good canteen for lunch. Widely recognised for quality research

    Cons

    Pay levels seem to stay low with no overtime or bonus available, but overtime is still expected to be worked.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    I did my PhD at the ICR

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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 The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of money to do research and good salary compared to other PhD positions in the UK

    Cons

    Poor student support and few students actually publish papers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Varied, challenging and enjoyable organisation to work for, with excellent goals and direction.

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    Current Employee - MSC Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MSC Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good locations (Chelsea, Fulham, Sutton). Variety of employees.

    Cons

    Not many social events organised, but depends on the department you are in. Not very easy to progress within certain departments.

    Recommends
  8.  

    More business like than academic research institute

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Sutton, London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, access to more clinical aspects of research, opportunity to collaborate with good teams. Basic but has sports facility, socialising occasions.

    Cons

    For basic science project, it is better to be in Chelsea than in Sutton in terms of collaborations or getting help in general. There were more scientific officers than postdocs so if you like the university-based atmosphere, it's not the best choice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great people, inadequate leadership team

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sutton, London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research

    Pros

    - top scientific institution
    - possibility to work with some best scientists and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    - unpredictable leadership team
    - very bad communication with the rest of the employ
    - very hierarchy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater appreciation to people's effort
    Greater transparency in ICR strategy and what impact it will have on those that work there

  10.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research

    Pros

    learn lot of new stuff. good supportive team, learn a lot about GCP ICH and clinical trials. internal development with good support

    Cons

    little chance of career progression. job selection for colleague was not fare. few member of team are burden on DM team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
  11.  

    A quiet leader in basic and translational cancer research with unparalleled drug development capabilities

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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 The Institute of Cancer Research

    Pros

    ICR encompasses some everything from basic tumour biology to truly translational cancer science and oncology drug development. It's rated the top research organisation in the UK (RAE 2008) and is responsible for countless numbers of oncology drugs which have or are about to reach market e.g. Carboplatin, Melphalan, Abiraterone, Olaparib (via Kudos), HSP90 and PI3K inhibitors. Modern buildings and some of the best scientists in the industry offer an outstanding environment in which to excel.

    Cons

    I agree with the other review. Not all staff at ICR are outstanding and not all are that motivated. They could achieve so much more!! There are also limited core facilities, which puts them at odds with many other comparative organisations. They need to work better with their clinical partners, the Royal Marsden Hospital, if they are to achieve their goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need a new business focused CEO and an excellent core team of chief scientists to lead ICRs scientific strategy. An improved relationship with the Royal Marsden Hospital and collaboration on Fundraising would increase revenue and status within the UK and abroad.

    Recommends

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