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"Friendly organisation with great training opportunities for early in career"

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Current Employee - Clinical Trialist At Clinical Trials Unit in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Clinical Trialist At Clinical Trials Unit in London, England (UK)
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Very friendly work environment: does not feel heirarchical
Great reputation
Opportunties for travel
Training opportunities are good- especially for those starting a career in clinical trials, who often move on to senior positions at other organisations within a few years
Opportunities to work outside of your formal job description allow you to build up further expertise and carve out the career you want.
Academic environment allows greater involvement in trial design and decision making
Lunchtime seminars with great external speakers
Flexi-time

Cons

Employees often find they have to leave to progress in their field- promotion can be difficult.
Whilst you often find yourself working outside your formal job description and this can be interesting and challenging, this is not always properly recognised by management in terms of pay and promotion opportunities
Salaries are lower than found elsewhere.

Advice to Management

Review promotional opportunites to avoid losing accomplished staff.

Other Employee Reviews for Medical Research Council

  1. "Resources Rich, Management Deaf"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and resources.
    Stimulating research being done.
    Good collaborative environment.
    International.

    Cons

    Good researchers DO NOT make for good management. Bureaucracy is taking-over in a big way. Many many more administrators discussing and paper-pushing issues that simply are not relevant to primary mission of the Medical Research Council. The admin body is no longer supportive but has its own existence separate from the research. Scientists have a lot more paper-work and bureaucracy to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the admin staff back to bare levels and rebuild for an efficient core that supports primary function of the MRC.


  2. "Excellent support from a prestigious research council but poor stipend value compared to Wellcome Trust"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student- Immunology
    Current Employee - PhD Student- Immunology
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Prestigious research funding body; even non-scientists know who they are
    -Generous travel allowance (~ £500 p.a)
    -Access to world-leading resources

    Cons

    -Stipend is CONSIDERABLY lower than those given by the Wellcome Trust or charities such as ARC or the MS society (these funding streams start at ~ £19,000- £21,000 p.a, MRC is around £13,000)

    Advice to Management

    Offer greater financial incentives for PhD students; there is a great disparity between your funding stream and projects in the charity / private sector.


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