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Imperial College London Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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  • "Still some work to do to improve work/life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "No career progression in this role, escape as early as possible" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Research Associate"

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    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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible time and friendly environment

    Cons

    Limited resource for stuff further career development


  2. "Overall just about ok"

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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

    Most of the people are nice, flexible working, freedom of doing your research

    Cons

    politics; pay not very good; heavy workload

  3. "friendly"

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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

    Everyone is friendly, supportive and it is flexible

    Cons

    sometimes you may have to stay long hours


  4. "Good environment for professional services staff"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst 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
    - Opportunities for professional and personal development

    Cons

    - We had trouble with a disruptive member of staff and it was difficult to fire them, even if they were in their probation period


  5. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student 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

    - It's your own project and depending on your supervisor, you generally have a lot of say with regards to direction. It's nice to have that level of autonomy.
    - You get a lot of time to focus on your problem alongside some of the brightest academic minds in the world, in terms of both supporting staff and friends.
    - It's such a long programme that you have some time to think about what you want to do next in your life, in theory anyway.

    Cons

    - Work is very individual, but most people know that going into a PhD.
    - There's a lot of uncertainty with research, it's difficult to plan as determining how long things will take isn't simple.
    - It's a long commitment to a single project, persistence is required.
    - Imperial is probably the most expensive university in the country in terms of living costs. It'll be a stretch financially, especially as all of your London friends who are working will have much larger disposable incomes.

    Advice to Management

    While milestones already exist to make sure students are on the right path (I feel this is more for the benefit of the college than students), I do think more could be done to reassure students that they are on track.


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    "Imperial College London"

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Great staff benefits, like generous annual leave allowance, good maternity support and pension scheme.

    Cons

    Although there is an apparent focus on staff expectations and values, the day to day culture of the institution is quite different. Depending on which team or department you work in, you can be surrounded by great people or really stifled by bad management and disenfranchised staff.

    Advice to Management

    Live your values - find better ways to recognise and reward achievement, and tackle problems head-on.


  7. "Postdoc at Imperial College London"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    World class university and academics

    Cons

    Expensive to live - salary is doesn't reflect this

  8. "VAC accommodation receptionist"

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    Former Employee - VAC Accommodation Receptionist in South Kensington, England (UK)
    Former Employee - VAC Accommodation Receptionist in South Kensington, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - good for meeting new people and improving teamwork
    - helps develop using initiative and improvising in a professional manner
    - good pay

    Cons

    - shift times can be quite hard


  9. "PhD research student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to people leading their research field and top students

    Cons

    Depressing office spaces and long working hours


  10. "Relentless drive for "excellence" leads to toxic culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Slightly higher salaries than other London HEs
    Central London location (for those that this matters)

    Cons

    Drive to protect reputation leads to incompetent staff staying in position even after major shortcomings come to light
    Incapable of taking on board internal constructive feedback
    Many issues (sexism, racism, homophobia) are dismissed in the interest of its global reputation for 'excellence' (whatever that means)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to you staff - they usually speak up because they care
    Don't be swayed by high-flying academic/research/professional candidates and existing staff - look at them holistically as people and if they are lacking, provide effective training to ensure all your managers are actually capable of acting as proper managers to staff