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Imperial College London Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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  • Still some work to do to improve work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • the career progression is limited (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Good work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    A lot of freedom and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is not very good.


  2. "Overall positive experience as a postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    made my own hours, independence, good people, pretty good location, nhs

    Cons

    forced into pension program even as international employee (I think I'll get this money back eventually though), pay not that high (standard for UK postdocs I think though), food in the scr is decent but gets old after a while with few on campus alternatives

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One gets exposed to politics and nepotism

    Cons

    Very corrupt and unhealthy environment to work in. Favoritism and racism hold very strong

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  4. "Overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing institution, top-notch faculty, an environment where one can learn, grow, challenge oneself an lookforward to future opportunities feeling rewarded

    Cons

    It is important to carefully consider what opportunities are available and what the future prospects may be so as to take best advantage of one's time here

    Advice to Management

    Should focus more on offeric the best-rounded educational and professional experience possible in order to groom in the most effective way what will be the leaders of tomorrow


  5. "Good place for studying"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Pros

    Diverse international community. Living in London is great and provides many distractions from research. Large mathematics and physics departments, with many seminars and lectures that you can attend without registration.

    Cons

    Living in London is expensive. Community of research students is not as close as it might be at a smaller university. University clubs are undergraduate focused.

    Advice to Management

    Funding for 3.5 years is a huge problem for many students, meaning many have to move home or find jobs as tutors, which interferes with research and finishing one's thesis.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "a top 5 research university in the world?"

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    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    flexible and blocked teaching, remote work possible

    Cons

    almost no research support, very hierarchical, intransparent, academic hires were made without prior job talks, very top-down, self-serving focus on TIMES ranking (which is very UK biased).

    Advice to Management

    take a look at the REAL top universities in the US!


  7. "Intern at Imperial College London"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Amazing Work Environment & great opportunities.

    Cons

    Campus is not too big.

  8. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Great university with fantastic name

    Cons

    Looking for money more than research


  9. "Typical PDRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, informative and good opportunity to discuss

    Cons

    Not permanent sometimes intensive salary not very high


  10. "PhD Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    internationality, good equipment and reputation

    Cons

    too many chinese students that build their own communities


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