University College London Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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University College London Provost and President Michael Arthur
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Pros
  • way better work life balance compare to companies of course (in 5 reviews)

  • Very flexible, great people and values (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Holy Moses it is expensive to live in London (in 2 reviews)

  • At the moment it is often very complicated to find good office space (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Gym receptionist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back, friendly atmosphere, London living wage

    Cons

    Sometimes to laid back, still needed to buy membership to use the gym


  2. Space is bursting

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Greater London in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Greater London in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues, central location near good amenities, transparent interview process, many opportunities to collaborate with global institutions

    Cons

    Facilities are very poor. Very limited space for offices and lecture rooms, poor maintenance of buildings and slow to respond to essential fixing requests, many noise disturbances from equipment, ceremonies, and general city noise, old buildings are too hot in summer and cold in winter.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in lecture rooms and maintenance. Productivity of staff is being hampered by a lack of facilities.


  3. Globally satisfying

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

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly flexible working hours. In total, around 40 days of annual leave.

    Cons

    Slow salary progression. Staff benefits are ok but could be much better. Poor food quality.


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  5. Trial Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance, flexible working

    Cons

    Senior Managers, Less opportunity for career progression


  6. Computer Graphics PhD

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student In Computer Graphics in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student In Computer Graphics in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - world-leading scientists as colleagues - open atmosphere - central campus location

    Cons

    - it might take some time for you to get an assigned desk due to space limitations


  7. PhD Researcher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, good facilities, one of the best universities in the world.

    Cons

    Determined to build their IT systems in house, it doesn't work. Systems don't communicate well meaning departments don't communicate which each other well. Along with poor administration everything seems to take forever.


  8. Computer Science Post Doc at UCL

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic environment and very professional.

    Cons

    Weather sucks and you have to love a big city with all its travel inconveniences.


  9. Research student

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities to expand and learn

    Cons

    Quantitative research and visibility overtly stressed

    Advice to Management

    Too many paperworks are distracting


  10. Friendly environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to use campus facilities (library, gym, etc.) Benefits, staff discounts, holidays, training courses (e.g. ICT) Excellent location close to King's Cross, lots of parks and café nearby Flexible working arrangements (as a researcher, working from home is usually okay) and little micromanagement.

    Cons

    Generally staff are older, very few under 30s which can be tough if you like to socialise with co-workers. Very little interaction across departments or even offices meaning that you don't get to know very many people outside of the small team you're working with

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add, really.


  11. Data Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full of smart, intelligent and down-to-earth people who are devoted to science. If you want to have a career in science, this is the place to be. However, if you want a career in administration, there is a lack of progression in UCL, but this may be the same across all universities.

    Cons

    Administrative support is often poor and slow. The office environment depends on which building you are based in - some offices are small and overcrowded but others are modern and air-conditioned.

    Advice to Management

    Every administrative department should have a standard level of service. Currently, some admin department are much less efficient than others, resulting in waste of time and resources for researchers.



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