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Imperial College London Reviews

Updated May 23, 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 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


  2. "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.


  3. "Overall positive experience as a postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


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  5. "Overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  6. "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.


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    "a top 5 research university in the world?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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!


  8. "PhD Student"

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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

    Excellent supervising professor, well-equipped laboratories, interesting research projects, good collaboration opportunities, helpful/supportive colleagues, good location

    Cons

    Teaching undergraduates and marking lab reports can be quite time consuming considering the money earned

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Imperial College London part-time

    Pros

    Imperial offers students the opportunity to work teaching younger students in the same field of study. Flexible hours and very good pay.

    Cons

    Not enough work going as lessons are relatively irregular. Students may also be rude during coursework exercises which can take the fun away from the job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing but encourage more of the older students to teach. This could increase the amount of assistants available to each class during practical sessions which would improve the quality of overall learning.


  10. "Good 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly and with necessary tools to produce great science! I recommend! good place to learn and development

    Cons

    Usually research associate positions have limited contracts and progression gets to lecturer is difficult because there are less positions available. Imperial offers a range of different options that we can go into instead.

    Advice to Management

    Overall working in imperial college london is really good. It would be nice to have more job stability.


  11. "Great place to do research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Reputation, centrally located, high standards, research oriented, efficient

    Cons

    Expensive city, relatively low pay


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