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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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  • Still some work to do to improve work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • the career progression is limited (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Gap between theory and practice"

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

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

    Pros

    Reputation, some outstanding academic research

    Cons

    Poor facilities for clients

    Advice to Management

    Essential to have the right person with the right skills and professional mindset representing the College


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Horrific Experience at the Business School"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues
    Good amount of Annual Leave (though realistically most people won't get to truly take this)
    Some flexibility
    Some departments are better than others

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    Constant stress
    "One rule for one person, another rule for another"
    Being asked to deliver more and more, and not being compensated or acknowledged
    Disinterested/passive managers who don't act on issues
    Low morale among the majority not at senior management
    Casual racism and misogyny

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees

  3. "Perfect Institution but cheap"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meet the best researchers in London

    Cons

    Extremely low payment without bonuses or benefits

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees based on their performance and not their year in the specific position.


  4. "So so"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good learning
    good instalations
    good human resources

    Cons

    lack of ethnic diversity
    some bad researchers
    poor services


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Proceed with care"

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

    Pros

    Great postdoc development centre, state-of-the-art equipment, competitive salary. Located in London, great opportunities to collaborate with the other London universities.

    Cons

    Not great career progression, glass ceiling for women, no childcare vouchers for postdoctoral staff, no health benefits. Not much support for postdoctoral fellows.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "General Ambience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities for academic and Researchers.

    Cons

    Not enough support or opportunities for Support staff

    Advice to Management

    Be less hierarchical.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Prinicipal Investigator"

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

    Pros

    have a short ride on the Imperial College name. Make use of good and large range of scientific Journals without paying a subscription

    Cons

    Commute long distances or rent a hole in the wall to live in at exorbitant prices. Work in confined spaces moving your equipment often so others can use your space. Share noisy office space. Work long hours to make up for lost time because equipment or space was being used by others. Never take your full entitlement of leave because you are trying to make up for lost time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cram people together in small places and honor commitments made at interview. Honor commitments and contracts with charity organizations providing research funding.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not responding expectation"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The College name is a pass-part tout.

    Cons

    Not mentoring and personal development.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in the college only one maximum two years to just add the institution to your CV


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Hierarchical irrational management"

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    Former Contractor - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Imperial College London as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues both the academic staff below management level and the junior administrators.

    Cons

    Irrational high-pressure atmosphere. Make many permanent academics redundant every few years

    Advice to Management

    Restore tenure


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Corporate attitude, poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are many good colleagues across sciences and it is a prestigious university (if you like that kind of thing).

    Cons

    It's a very target focused environment, with a survival of the fittest attitude. This is not conducive to happiness of employees or actually good science.
    Management are very explicit about it not being a charity and they consequently feel they owe staff nothing. There is a frequent analogy with a market and faculty are stall holders who have to pay rent through grant income. Or analogy with a bank, and they make a loan to you (when you start) that you then have to pay back (through grant income).
    I don't know of other academic institutions in the UK where this is made that explicit.
    Administration and high-level management are very very wasteful, with prestige projects that lose money, which then have to be paid for by increasing grant income from faculty. They are also having a huge building project, that again has to be
    These problems are particularly bad in the Faculty of Medicine.
    Another problem is that there is no career advancement mechanism in the Faculty of Medicine to move from post-doc to lecturer etc.

    Advice to Management

    Observe how other universities are run. Make management less centralised.


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