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Medical Research Council Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "a good place to get publications fast"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dundee, OR
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dundee, OR

    Pros

    very demanding environement but makes you progress in your career. Gets you publications, a good job and excellent recommendations to future employers.

    Cons

    A bit of a machine

    Advice to Management

    reward your employees.


  2. "Government cuts are showing"

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

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good perks including 6 months full pay maternity

    Cons

    Pay rises locked to NHS pay freeze since 2008 and no career structure


  3. "Terrible place"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of any really - I took the job because I enjoy pure research, and it was a good location close to home. Regretted that decision very quickly...

    Cons

    The research unit that I was at was rife with harassment, bullying and incompetent management. The immediate (and only) reaction of management to any problem is to protect the organization, and then try to clear up the mess. I made several complaints about inappropriate behaviour on the part of other employees, and by some strange coincidence was made redundant a few months later...

    Advice to Management

    Adopting the buzzwords of management courses and textbooks does not make you good managers - quite the opposite in your case!


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  5. "Opportunities to learn"

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    Former Employee - Statistician in Holborn, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Statistician in Holborn, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    There are regular opportunities to attend conferences, training and lunch & learns. People are very friendly and location was great.

    Cons

    Work can become repetitive as trials can be long and requirements from year to year may not change much. Having said that there are many variations of roles! Salaries are too low to retain best staff.

    Advice to Management

    Statisticians need line managers who work in stats to provide guidance.


  6. "Great facilities, lower pay than other postdocs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Brilliant people everywhere. Amazing facilities for research.

    Cons

    Lower pay than other equivalent postdoctoral positions


  7. "postdoctoral fellow"

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

    Pros

    Pro family, fosters a social work environment, core funding is amazing

    Cons

    the pay is very low compared to the standard of living


  8. "Great position, minimal supervision"

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

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with associated hospitals and have access to cutting edge technology and research.

    Feeling of being "on the front line"

    Cons

    Supervision is very minimal, even shambolic at times. This however doesn't reflect on the MRC, just on my individual supervisor. Choose your PhD supervisor carefully!

    Advice to Management

    Vet PhD supervisors more carefully, and ensure they have the free time to properly supervise all of the students they have taken on.


  9. "title was appropriate to the job being performed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great facilities and knowledgable and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    slow paced, quite a lot of burocracy


  10. "MRC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Exciting scientific enviroment, high quality lab, great people

    Cons

    low salary; slow career; no benefit;

    Advice to Management

    increase the salary


  11. "great science, low salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    excellent scientific environment, great facilities and resources

    Cons

    the salary is much lower then similar positions elsewhere



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