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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated May 17, 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. "Research focused"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    Great research institution with world class facilities available

    Cons

    Quality of teaching is below quality of research


  2. "Imperial College one of the better paying uni's in UK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High-level research, great networking opportunities/professional contacts, friendly, helpful. Wages one of the highest for academic posts in London (linked to spine-points on a ladder, within pay bands). free £124 childcare voucher. Great flexibility with working hours or working from home.

    Cons

    Wish they would have given the full £256 childcare voucher, and more opportunities to get bonuses. Pay-scale linked to ladder of spine-points so not much movement to go up. Slow and bureaucratic administrative/HR processes (lots of form filling and waiting for paperwork to go through)


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Imperial is a very intellectually stimulating environment.
    -Lot of support available to staff for professional development. E.g. Postdoc Development Centre, Careers service.
    -Global collaborations and links with industry

    Cons

    -Most senior academic positions are full and very competitive.


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  5. "Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Practical curriculum, Good facilities

    Cons

    High tuition fee, Time-consuming, poor caffee


  6. "Excellent Teaching"

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    Current Employee - MSC Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MSC Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant lecturers, passionate and committed.

    Cons

    Nothing really. Career service is excellent. Excellent everything!

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. "Good and friendly University to work with"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional research environment, Friendly and helpful colleague and stuff, good location, many social and technical events to attend, good benefits

    Cons

    Expensive to rent a place in London, High competition,


  8. "OK."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  9. "Perfect Institution but cheap"

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    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.


  10. "Good place to work, hard place to progress"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance with benefits such as:
    - Subsided gym.
    - Bike and travel card loans.
    - Ability to buy additional holiday.
    - Learning portal (Lynda.com).
    - Great pension (golden handcuffs really).
    - Competitive salary

    Cons

    In the area of central ICT it is very difficult to progress with few secondment/acting up roles being available.

    It will also be difficult to leave due to the previously mentioned benifits

    Advice to Management

    Help your staff develop by giving the opportunity to work in other areas rather than leaving them in their silos to grow bitter.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


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