University College London
3.9 of 5 49 reviews
www.ucl.ac.uk London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

University College London Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
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3.9 49 reviews

                             

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Michael Arthur

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Don't come here for a Post-doc

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsCentral London location
    Good access to modern facilities

    ConsPermanent staff treat contract staff as disposable
    Jobs advertised at post-doctoral level are in fact technician posts
    UCL requires employees to file false VAT declarations to avoid tax on purchases

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer fewer, longer term positions. UCL hires about twice as many people as there are viable projects. This causes a high rate of turnover of qualified people. Many post-docs and PhDs leave before the end of their contract or studies due to the tangible lack of support and commitment to their projects from management; resources are focused unequally across PhD students and post-docs, with clear favourites (golden children) and pariahs selected by management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible working hours

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsAs long as you make your research progress, working hours are pretty much flexible.

    ConsRelatively lower salary compared to financial industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (F6) (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsContributing to students learning. Good pay. Informal environment. Good communication system setup (moodle)

    ConsWork can be sometimes sparse and repetitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn class student performance/participation reviews should be better monitored.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stimulating environment for research

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat research going on, lots of talented scientists and students, good seminar series enabling one to keep track of work in other fields.

    ConsLabs feel isolated from each other, often long hours and working at weekends. Things take a very long time to get done

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to make individual labs feel part of the same department

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great working place

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly environment, good connection to companies, great science

    Conssalary, sometimes the environment is too friendly

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    for career opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosto gather work experience and for the betterment of students

    Consit is too far away

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter public relation leads to a better management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Research Fellow (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsEasy going, well paid, lots of training on offer, very understanding of needs, managers were generally good people

    ConsFor me there didn't seem to be any kind of structure or career path, while simultaneously no opportunities to make own decisions, apply for grants, begin own work. Always seemed to be wandering from one project to another, without any capacity to decide own future or knowledge of what the next one might be. Meant few first author publications possible

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvolve more staff in decision making at all stages

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging, Inspiring - but you need to be there for the right reason

    Research Associate (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsIf you know what you want, and why you're in academia - it's a great place to work. London as a city is unbeatable. But make sure you work with the right people, who can get you places...

    ConsThe cons are more related to post-doc life in general. Long hours, not enough recognition, hard to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPost-docs, research associates, what ever you call them are the work horses of any research-centric institution. Treat them and reward them accordingly!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was great helpful and enjoying

    Cleaner (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly and loving people. Good atmosphere with a separate staff room and kitchen.

    ConsGets tiring at certain times of year

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good employer

    Library Assistant (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working hours, good public sector salary scheme, pension scheme, central location, lively university campus, good lunch facilities, good social facilities for staff.

    ConsSome IT hardware and software problematical and in need of updating, communication with some members of management staff was too limited, staff were sent on too many training programmes that were unnecessary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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