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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  • For students London can be expensive to live in so you may have to stay some distance from the campus (in 11 reviews)

  • Slow career progression, limited benefits (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Imperial College London, Cancer Imaging"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - close to central London
    - close to transport links
    - good reputation

    Cons

    - no discipline in the group
    - very poor communication due to no group meetings
    - Ph. D students shouting, swearing and having tantrums in the office
    - students constantly on mobile phones, shouting and texting all day
    - no support, backup or proper help with methods, techniques, or when giving seminars
    - no welcome on first day - just left to fend for oneself - not introduced to colleagues and no site tour

    Advice to Management

    HR should investigate the way this group is run. Very unprofessional and the worst job I have had in 30 years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hostile and unsupportive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location, access to skills development courses, good leave entitlements (if your boss allows you to take it...)

    Cons

    No research support, too much middle management and form-filling slows productivity to a snails pace, abuse of PhD and post-docs is rife and nothing is ever done to protect them, no opportunity for advancement, many PIs and higher management don't care about their staff or their career at all

    Advice to Management

    To get the best results out of your staff you need to support them


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Miserable Researcher at top rated Imperial College"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The students are some of the best.

    Cons

    Line manager (Professor/ reader) of Research Associate (RA) are generally not very transparent about the contract and their career progress. Although research associates are college employee but unfortunately they are treated only as a staff employed by a particular academic almost similar status as PhD student or even worse. Essentially research staffs in Imperial College are miserable with no proper support.
    Line manager of RA never helps to develop their research staff career. In contrary professors usually force to work on project denying to write a reference. In research staff contract says light teaching but usually keep their research staff away from any teaching responsibility and kill their teaching career. Basically research staffs in Imperial College are miserable with no proper support.

    Advice to Management

    Please train academics to respect researcher otherwise next REF Imperial will see its ranking dropping !!!!


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Protecting and nurturing bullies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to high quality infrastructure and resources, the cache of working for a "top" institution.

    Cons

    A management culture that prefers to suppress complaints rather than investigate them, and is happy to let bullies thrive as long as they are "productive". For all their kind words, if you go to them with a complaint management will work behind the scenes to make sure nothing happens - a typical tactic is to wait so long that your legal options have been timed out. Academic management have an excuse for being useless - they aren't trained in management. But Human Resources have no excuse. They know exactly what they are doing. Some of them are malicious and seem to take pleasure in the pain they cause.

    This is an institution who has an employment lawyer from one of the most expensive legal firms in the country (the Queen's solicitors) on retainer, working on site one day a week. And they make full use of them. The lawyer isn't there to help Imperial stick to the law. They are there to help them get away with flouting it.

    Advice to Management

    Do your jobs properly. You have policies on bullying harassment and victimisation - implement them. When someone complains of bullying, don't assume they are a trouble-maker. When several people complain, don't call it a conspiracy. Some big name professors get where they are by threatening, exploiting and oppressing their staff, not by actually being any good. If you removed them, the staff under them would flourish.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Male-dominated Imperial College lacks support structure and promotes unhealthy working conditions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Counselling
    Free Meditation

    Very international. Met some interesting people there.

    Cons

    I had my worst time of my life at Imperial College.
    Bully groups, high pressure, working hours meant that I had no private life.
    Got depressed and burnt out. When I seeked for help, no opportunities to cut down the workload were offered. Instead I was asked to leave.
    Impossible attitude towards employees.
    Unrewarding and harsh environment. No support.
    This unsustainable culture will run Imperial College down.

    Hardly any core facilities, which makes it hard if you want to apply a plethora of techniques.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Constant restructuring, bullying culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location in London, reasonable pay

    Cons

    Very stressful, bullying culture, eager to shed support staff.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Based in London, not many pros really, rainy weather, senior staff is very very old and very very permanent

    Cons

    Very racially discriminating place, low salaries, long hours, senior permanent staff ready to take credit for employee's work, corrupt environment up to the highest ranks, career opportunities are good only for the few selected


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Disastrous research experience as an undergraduate in the High Energy Physics Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UROP in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - UROP in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The College is a top level research institution.
    It looks great on your CV.

    Cons

    The group I took part in was badly managed, understaffed and has a terrible social ambiance.
    No pay.
    Supervision was horrible, until I switched supervisor at the end, with not enough time to finish the project

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate whether you have the human capital and the time to care for your interns.
    Evaluate how to keep the knowledge within your group and encourage knowledge transfer among colleagues


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