I worked at Medical Research Council (Less than a year)
Friendly stress free environment, plenty of scientific resources at disposal, some very interesting research themes, several international collaborations and multi-centre studies.
Sometimes a too laid back and easy going attitude ends up not getting things done proper and on time. Bureaucracy is one of the downside but I suppose that is to be expected in any government run organisation.
Advice to Management
Try to focus on talent rather than staff. Too much staff turnover due to management pushing down their own political agendas rather than thinking about scientific good.
I applied online. I interviewed at Medical Research Council.
Three people were on the panel and they were all very friendly and approachable. They asked me to tell them a little about myself, why I applied for the job and what type of experience I had. The whole interview only lasted 30 minutes.
I was able to negotiate a little on salary once I told them I would be finished with my Masters before starting the job.
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