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University College London Reviews in London, England

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
59 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible, good work life balance, interesting job (in 4 reviews)

  • It has a relaxed environment with flexible working hours and sociable co workers (in 5 reviews)


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

  • There is little opportunity for career advancement and senior management was less than helpful in terms of career advice and guidance (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun and interesting place, but occasionally bureaucratic.

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Its reputation means they push you hard and expect a lot. To help with this is a lot of support from colleagues and admin. Professional and personal facilities are great and there are a lot of opportunities to meet potential collaborators and contacts. Near the centre of London, good transport links, and great food and entertainment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, specially health and safety, and the time required to get projects done by estates. London is expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more estates people. Reduce the bureaucracy involved in getting small modifications to buildings so that equipment can be fitted easily and rapidly. Ask H&S personelle to work more closely with employees to not only remonstrate with them or deny their requests on H&S grounds, but to suggest alternatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    summer research

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

    I have been working at University College London as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly people, nice atmosphere, prestigious environment to work in. excellent facilities and opportunities, approachable staff. Top university and overall great place to work

    Cons

    It is pretty expensive to live in london, but nice that is in such a central location. If you want to live nearby expect to pay alot in rent. Can't say too much which is negative really

  3.  

    Beautiful & Central Campus surrounded by British Library & Britidh Museum

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

    I worked at University College London as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Highly intellectual lecturers and professors encouraging a highly innovative learning environment

    Cons

    May be too crowded since it's located at Central London

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Highly experienced

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Centre of London, very much convenient

    Cons

    Expensive area, everything is very expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live outside of London

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great university to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top university, excellent facilities. Great work life balance. Always good seminars and guest speakers - plenty of opportunity for career development.

    Cons

    Perhaps not as much collaboration between different groups within the computer science department as I would have liked. Plenty of opportunity for crossover between different fields.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Reputation based on research, not staff/student experience

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    Current Employee - Support Staff  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Staff in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location, reputation, a lot of talented people who are under-utilised.

    Cons

    Shambolic senior management, claim poverty while spending millions on pet projects, poor treatment of staff on lowest grades and contractors, lack of basic facilities, abysmal planning, little effort to build bridges between academics and support staff, increasingly privileged and homogenised intake of students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let somebody with talent, vision, and a semblance of morality take over, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic - truly a global institution

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Central London location on Bloomsbury surrounded by great food! A relaxed attitude of excellence which is unique to this place.

    Cons

    Its very much up to you what you get out of the doctorate programme. No one will push you or stop you - so work hard and pace yourself its a marathon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadreship keep up the good work but get rid of dead wood. There are definitely academics with strong reputations and records of excellence but those that don't cut it should be addressed and put on improvement programmes to ensure they progress or leave. All academics should turn up to departmental seminars where students and post docs present - they need input from their peers and mentors - thats a basic standard that should be upheld without excuses in all educational institutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Postdoc at UCL

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, many opportunities for personal and professional growth

    Cons

    If you have a problem, you might need to talk to several different persons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between the single departments and the general office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best place to be a research assistant

    Current Employee - Casual Research Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Casual Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, best sources of information, updated library, inspirational staff

    Cons

    the payroll system is outdated, access cards too restrictive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    perhaps try to empower more the entry-level staff

  11.  

    studying

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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 University College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    freedom, good researchers, good work/life balance and flexible hours

    Cons

    research facilities may be limited due to space limitation n funding (depending on subjects of study)

    No opinion of CEO

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