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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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  • Still some work to do to improve work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • the career progression is limited (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Post graduate student experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment surrounded by ambitious, intelligent and supportive group.

    Cons

    Nothing major to report as a PhD student


  2. "Elected Officer at ICU"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sabbatical Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sabbatical Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great development opportunity with generally good support.
    - Exciting work which you mainly get to set yourself. Good autonomy.
    - You get as much out of it as you put in
    - Enjoyable office environment
    - Get to work with very impressive people on the Trustee Board and in College Leadership
    - Good internal recognition (although not comp!) for achievement

    Cons

    - Students mostly don't understand your job and it can often be a thankless task from the very people you are trying to serve
    - Student politics
    - Fairly high turnover of staff makes it difficult to have stability, although new members of staff have been excellent in role so far.
    - At times have been unsupported by senior management including on major projects. Lack of resources that can be deployed on projects of strategic importance.
    - Pace of change is faster than College, but overall is not as agile as it needs to be. Would recommend flattening management structure.
    - Needs a more entrepreneurial attitude in order to maintain growth in services, although this is improving.

    Advice to Management

    -Focus on financial sustainability
    - Look into performance based pay options
    -Develop an "Alumni group" for ex-ICU staff members
    -Support the Board of Trustees better to get the most out of them.

  3. "PhD student"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organisation, state-of-the-art facilities, high scientific level.

    Cons

    Too much work, demanding environment.


  4. "PhD"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great, friendly environment. Most people are driven and hard working. Plenty of support available to you as a PhD student.

    Cons

    Can be slow to get things done


  5. "....."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good organization of the PhD program.

    Cons

    The Business School is still growing but there are new talented academics coming in every year.

    Advice to Management

    .....


  6. "Postdoctoral position at Imperial College London"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent academic atmosphere, quite easy to connect world-leading scientists. Also, London is a international city. even though the Brexit significantly affects people who are working in this city, but it is still worthwhile to give yourself a shot. Sometimes bad timing could the best timing.

    Cons

    Typical U.K. problems. British guys not only kill life for food, but also takes their flavor away. Chicken tikka masala probably is the best food that you can afford. Others are either too expansive or too disgusting, sometimes you can find stuffs with both in supermarket.

    Additionally, the underground (subway/metro) system in London is old. Not terrible but too old, which means, in certain station, you might carry a 20kgs luggage without any lift or escalator. That will makes your hands sour in a few days.

    Last but not least, rental price in London, you know what I mean.

    Advice to Management

    It depends. Just do your best


  7. "phd"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    they do excellent research here

    Cons

    London is expensive for living

  8. "PhD Student at MRC LMS-Imperial College London"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well funded
    Good core facilities
    Relatively small student cohort fosters sense of community

    Cons

    The somewhat isolated location (White City)


  9. "A place full of talent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offer opportunities of training, meeting talent people, following the most frontier research and technology. Working hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Salary isn't great comparing the same positions in London companies.


  10. "phd"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    flexible, high level research, friendly, research

    Cons

    social, pay, campus, old building


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