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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated January 22, 2018
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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. "Research at Imperial College"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great international environment
    High quality research
    Access to state of the art facilities
    Good links with the industry
    Many opportunities to conduct research in different fields

    Cons

    Sometimes isolated work
    Must be self motivated and you are the only responsible for your results that can be stressful at times
    Too much pressure for publishing, outreach, and funding
    Bad communication within departments
    Very difficult to progress and become a lecturer - huge jump from RA to fellow with extreme competition
    Low wage

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the needs of early stage researcher and PhD students. Make sure you are focusing on areas that are indeed useful and will make a difference and also will give the PhDs the opportunity to find a job.


  2. "Top Research University"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious university with very good resources for cutting-edge research.

    Cons

    Very competitive as far as universities go. It is an academic institution, so be prepared to earn little on a temporary contract.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your highly skilled academics a decent salary!

  3. "Work, work, work, work"

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    Former Intern - Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Student in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    High degree quality and later employment opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, lack of interested teaching staff


  4. "Good institution to perform academic research in Physics."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people with considerable expertise, many being leaders in their fields. As universities go, Imperial College is well-funded by research grants and has some equipment that can almost compete with national lab scale facilities.

    Cons

    There is a relatively common trait of academic staff to not value the time of research students; where a relatively inexpensive professional solution could be found, certain academics are very happy for a student to spend months working on unpublishable tasks.

    Difficult to get a permanent post, so job security is generally poor as well as remuneration not being particularly good.

    Advice to Management

    Consider students' time as a cost.


  5. "Meh"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Divisional Coordinator & Research Centre Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Divisional Coordinator & Research Centre Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great pension scheme
    - Great reputation

    Cons

    - Hugely bureaucratic, as you would expect with a company that size
    - Disorganised
    - People are most dis-engaged


  6. "Full of fantastic people, but also a lot of paper-pushers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Some of the brightest minds around: staff, students
    - Lots of staff (academic and support) who really care about their job and do 90% of the work

    Cons

    - Too many managers, bloated teams and old fashioned practices that aren't efficient
    - Large organisation; everything works slowly, and there is a constant power-grab battle from top-down

    Advice to Management

    - Replace weak Managers, from the top downwards.
    - Encourage more formal HR action/reporting. I hear a lot of reasons why the College can't get rid of some is they've never been managed historically. Start managing them. Build up that body of evidence to get rid of the waste.
    - Remember the College's academic mission comes first. Support services second.


  7. "Not bad as a stepping stone."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work can be interesting (depending on the project). High profile institution -- can help when applying for jobs elsewhere later.

    Cons

    Few PIs really allow PDRAs any freedom in the direction they take the research. Very difficult to get any kind of management experience.

  8. "Postgraduate Degree in Pure Mathematics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mathematical department is quite diverse. However, some sections could have employed better qualified staff.

    Cons

    Although the pay rate is quite good for academia, it is not enough to cover normal well-being of a family


  9. "Good reputation not so great quality"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    All good things that come with a big University. Really focused on business and industry. Great opportunities to find a job after the PhD. Good reputation. Great location.

    Cons

    Depends on the department but a typical student tells stories were of frustation. Bioengineering is not recommendable. As a postdoc things are slightly different since you get more freedom. Don't expect high impact publications. Not good for working in academia.


  10. "Research Intern review"

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    Former Intern - Summer Research Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Research Student in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning experience with the experts there, friendly and helpful staff

    Cons

    unpaid, very low bursary given(if you're lucky to get it)


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