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Imperial College London Reviews

Updated July 22, 2018
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  • "Still some work to do to improve work/life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Very slow career progression, low salary relatively to working hours" (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Administrator"

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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

    Great beneifits and imperial perks.
    Great holiday

    Cons

    Not much room for progression. Too many contracts and not enough full time opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Create longer contracts or just offer full time contracts


  2. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imperial College London part-time

    Pros

    It was a relaxing environment to work in.

    Cons

    The workload can be quite high at times.

  3. "It's a big university ..."

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and interesting things happening, good location.

    Cons

    It's a big university, practically a big corporation disguised as an educational institute, and is thus very impersonal with you. Despite lots of big talk about life-balance, appropriate rewards and mental health, salaries are static and pressure is high. There's little chance of advancing inside, and the college is becoming increasingly dominated by Big Name professors and staff, lording it over the pool of people who actually do the work. Bad behaviour by higher staff is punished with a wristslap. But this is becoming typical of the top tier universities and I see little chance of it changing. I recommend any worker at ICL keep in mind what's in it for them and work towards that aim.


  4. "Fine for students"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Location, good facilities and excellent place to learn

    Cons

    Very poor work life balance, pay is not comparable to experience, poor for staff, good for students


  5. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    One of the best Unis!

    Cons

    Life is hard as a student


  6. "MSc Student"

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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

    Great Professors, ample support from staff, great students

    Cons

    No big cons that I can think of


  7. "MRes Cancer biology"

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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 program that exposes you to the cutting edge Oncology research happening. Lovely place, Lovely city.

    Cons

    Some of the supervisors can be borderline racist but hey, I have met wonderful people throughout. Heavy competition, both amongst students and staff.

  8. "Work culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, Flexible timings, Structure growth, Support and development available

    Cons

    I do not find any cons


  9. "Fantastic science, great people, poor management and communication"

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

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge research
    Generally good support structure for junior researchers
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Research groups can be very isolated with a lack of communication between them
    Depending on the PI management can range from great to very poor
    Needless levels of bureaucracy can be frustrating and difficult to navigate


  10. "Internship for master in research lab"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial College London full-time

    Pros

    Independance, good environnement, good material

    Cons

    Maybe too much independance, sometime alone on project.....


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