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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  • non-permanent contract work, long hours, cannot advance (in 18 reviews)

  • Slow career progression, limited benefits (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is excellent working environment

    Cons

    The work load is too heavy

    Advice to Management

    Allow the employees some time for their personal life


  2. "Take the opportunity to work at Imperial College"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Imperial teaches you - you have plenty of opportunities to get involved in cross departmental projects, if you are willing and you will learn from them. If you are not an academic, get involved in some of the academic projects too - turn up and listen to guest lectures - the opportunities to learn are endless
    Supportive staff and colleagues, generous leave and flexible working arrangements in some parts of the university are also great pros.

    Cons

    Poor strategic direction within some departments gets very frustrating. Seems to be more of a problem with the business school than other units.
    Can get blinkered - you end up focusing on a niche and then its hard to move into other areas


  3. "PhD student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Imperial College review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Friendly community. Decent salary. You can learn a lot during your time there and it is quite enjoyable. Allowed to carry out independent work often.

    Cons

    Hard work ethic required. Need to be able to cope with stressful situations. Difficult to manage social life around work life. Expensive area to live in.

    Advice to Management

    Wrote this out as a student since I'm not currently employed at any company. I hope this meets the requirements of the review I was supposed to write out.


  6. "Flexible working attitude, quality research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with working hours, working from home, prestigious world class research institution, great location, easy to get projects funded, international collaborations

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted, limited communication with HR, long commute from outside London, many inefficient processes t the department level


  7. "Senior Lecturer in Mathematics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer In Mathematics in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer In Mathematics in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong academic environment
    - Strong students
    - Quality of research
    - International Community
    - London location

    Cons

    - Old buildings
    - Academic salaries
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  8. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great stimulating working environment. Good funding possibilities. Very good reputation.

    Cons

    Departmental finance office is not very efficient


  9. "My review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "A personal experience form a PhD student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "So so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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



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