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Medical Research Council Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of of opportunities for career progression and good working hours (in 4 reviews)

  • stable job, variety of trainings opportunities, good working culture, flexible working hours (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • very bureaucratic, the career progression is rather limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to other institutions (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Lab Immunologist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Medical Research Council (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly stress free environment, plenty of scientific resources at disposal, some very interesting research themes, several international collaborations and multi-centre studies.

    Cons

    Sometimes a too laid back and easy going attitude ends up not getting things done proper and on time. Bureaucracy is one of the downside but I suppose that is to be expected in any government run organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus on talent rather than staff. Too much staff turnover due to management pushing down their own political agendas rather than thinking about scientific good.


  2. "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.

  3. "CSC/LMS"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good stipend and facilities - I was working in a new building and my lab had plenty of money for equipment/consumables

    Cons

    Most scientists not on permanent contracts. Centre was not near local bars/restaurants and no real socialising area on site. Some facilities/services are not well advertised e.g. I only found out there was an electric car available when an email came round saying it would be discontinued due to disuse!

    Advice to Management

    Improve intranet, so that people can find information about seminars/equipment etc. without having to trawl through emails. Get a bar on-site.


  4. "Clinical Trials Manager"

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

    I have been working at Medical Research Council (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting trials and friendly people

    Cons

    Inconsistent project management, difficult medical/scientific leads who like to have a lot of control over the clinical operations aspects. Little opportunity to progress internally from clinical trial manager to CPM.


  5. "MRC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Stability
    Research excellence
    Overall nice working environment
    Training
    Location

    Cons

    Salary
    Career progression
    No points system for salary progression
    Bureaucratic
    Small office space


  6. "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


  7. "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!

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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