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Imperial College London London Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • A lot of freedom and good work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours and are making good efforts to get better on work/life balance for parents/carers (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Researchers work long hours everywhere and they dont get paid accordingly (in 21 reviews)

  • Still some work to do to improve work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Atmosphere to be great"

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

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

    Pros

    Kind colleagues always ready to help. Full support from team, group, department, faculty and college. Multi-disciplinary project opportunities.

    Cons

    Fierce competition that lack of promotion if not good enough.

    Advice to Management

    Internal control for those faculty staff who focus only on exploiting PhD and postdoc is essential.


  2. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of good and helpful colleagues, very friendly research environment. Quite close to different museums and Royal Albert Hall. The supervisors and administrators are very nice.

    Cons

    It is quite far away from my accommodation. The location of this university is too nice which makes the rent of the house close to the university is very expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Hope they can provide more cheap accommodations to their staffs and students around the university, especially for those oversea students.

  3. "Good academic institute to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Imperial College London as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provide lots of opportunity to undertake further development courses and trying to improve specific support for postdocs. Good maternity package and general support of female employees. Introduction of imperial perks can be good

    Cons

    Admin and HR can be very complicated and take a long time to sort out problems


  4. "Exciting academic environment with strong ties with the industry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 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

    Reputable professors and academic staff, highly prestigious research groups funded by European projects as well as internal funds, friendly working environment and nice campus to work at.

    Cons

    Exaggerated bureaucracy in some processes and at times limitations on the acquisition of costly lab equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Ameliorate some HR services and allocate more resources for lab equipment.


  5. "Overall positive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, you really get the feeling the organisation is a good for society. Generally not too pressured, management very open.

    Cons

    The tension between the academic mission and financial realities is sometimes difficult to manage and can result in conflicting priorities.

    Some long timers who are resistant to change and are coasting.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Imperial College London, Cancer Imaging"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - close to central London
    - close to transport links
    - good reputation

    Cons

    - no discipline in the group
    - very poor communication due to no group meetings
    - Ph. D students shouting, swearing and having tantrums in the office
    - students constantly on mobile phones, shouting and texting all day
    - no support, backup or proper help with methods, techniques, or when giving seminars
    - no welcome on first day - just left to fend for oneself - not introduced to colleagues and no site tour

    Advice to Management

    HR should investigate the way this group is run. Very unprofessional and the worst job I have had in 30 years.


  7. "life in the IC"

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

    The working hour is flexible and sometime is very high
    annual leave can be taken in a big chunk

    Cons

    most of the Imperial campuses are not easily connected with public transport links
    not many benefits as you can get from companies

  8. "Post doc"

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    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, amazing boss

    Cons

    trying to get a fellowship si hard but thats the same in any case


  9. "Postdoctoral research associate"

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

    Pros

    good infrastructure facilities, nice set of people to work with, very accessible as it's located in central london, great campus.

    Cons

    project funding could be tricky and may not survive the whole length of your employment, check funding before you start a long term project.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    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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