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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated April 21, 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)

  • the career progression is limited (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Good reputation not so great quality"

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    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.


  3. "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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  5. "OK."

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Imperial is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Time has to be allocated efficiently


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    "Fantastic place if you are a male, white, STEM researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful research staff; very supportive departmental level administrators; intellectually curious and open-minded environment; world leading research; very engaged students

    Cons

    huge, slow, bureaucracy - too much red tape; real lack of gender, racial and religious diversity at the top - very white, european dominated culture which is not flexible to change

    Advice to Management

    Focus on real inclusion by including diverse people in decision-making and process


  7. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD 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

    Location in central London, good global reputation

    Cons

    Sterile university, stingy to students

    Advice to Management

    Work on being more welcoming to students


  8. "My review"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Approachable people, friendly, passionate, hard working

    Cons

    there are not any that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  9. "A personal experience form a PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    IC London is a well-known international institution, where you will find some of the top researchers in any field. During your PhD you will have the opportunity to learn a lot, from your colleagues and courses that will be free. It is likely that you will be able to collaborate in high impact publications.
    If you want to follow a carrier in academic research it will look great in your CV.

    Cons

    As a PhD student you will be completely under control of your supervisor. In that sense you are completely exposed to the whims of your supervisor. Probably you will be lucky and have a good supervisor. However, in a small proportion of cases, some supervisor seem to have PhD students because they don't pay for them directly from their grants and they only care about the their name as a last author in a high impact factor jornal.

    People from imperial will tell you they look after you and they will mediate between you and your supervisor. But the filling I had is that they will always take your supervisor' side as is him or her the one bringing money to the institution and who will stay after all.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors should be properly assessed periodically (at least every two years), and the student should feel that you care about them not just about the statistics and how many students graduate . They can be great researcher and awful managers. It is true that if a student complains, you may do something but they would prefer not to do it as this could have negative consequences.


  10. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Imperial College has been overall a good experience. It is a great university and gives you lots of opportunities. I had the opportunity to learn from great scientists and meet fantastic people! Plus Imperial is a great name on your CV and there are plenty of career advice to make the most of..

    Cons

    However.. the name and the rating of this university is strictly related to some specific departments (e.g. engineering or chemistry) so don't expect that any place you'll go work will be worthy of the 5th worldwide university or 3rd UK university because it won't.. and quality of research is really poor in some groups.


  11. "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great institution with a lot of money dedicated to the different projects. The lab I was part of had a very nice atmosphere with friendly and helpful people.

    Cons

    Too much focus on security. Nothing can be done without a risk assessment or other tedious paperwork. The work is demanding but the working hours are very flexible. The pay is not very high but not that bad compared to other research institutes.

    Advice to Management

    Be more focus on the people and on the quality of the work and less on the process of writing articles.


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