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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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  • the career progression is limited (in 19 reviews)

  • Still some work to do to improve work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Perfect Institution but cheap"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Proceed with care"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Corporate attitude, poorly managed"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Inefficient, over-ranked, and bloated university."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scientifically amazing and friendly working colleagues.
    Lively surroundings in London provides good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Inefficient administration and central facilities
    Culture that relies of health and safety to reduce work load
    Administration that uses bureaucracy as an excuse to not work

    Advice to Management

    Take the university back from the administrators. This is a college that should be educating the next generation's leaders and solving scientific challenges, not just paying administrators' salaries.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "very mixed indeed"

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    some great people stand out
    good opportunities for networking/making contacts
    fantastic staff development team and postdoc support unit also excellent
    Great equalities team doing their best in very difficult environment

    Cons

    some parts of the College have toxic culture and poor employment practices
    culture of cuthroat competition - sink or swim in some departments
    practical/financial research support is given only to favoured "stars"
    some bad apples seem to be supported and their bad behaviour is condoned - HR is shocking in these cases

    Advice to Management

    You need to seriously address the well- known problems (systems and individuals) - make every part of the College step up to the benchmark set by the best Departments. Hold HR and Faculties to account.

    Never mind the fine words - staff are watching what you actually do about problems - act deciseively and make it known what you are doing.

    Remember that when people leave they tell others what their experiences have been - improve the culture to improve the College's reputation as an employer


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