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Medical Research Council Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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  • very bureaucratic, the career progression is rather limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to other institutions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "A valuable experience with great coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers
    Plenty of opportunity to travel
    Relaxed office environment
    Very good holiday allowance

    Cons

    Lack of mentors for a junior postdoc
    Research activities given lower priority at times

    Advice to Management

    Look into co-supervision of postdocs by faculty from local universities to support research activities and act as a mentor


  2. "Lab Immunologist"

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    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.

  3. "PhD 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 Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Very good research, surrounded by excellent people. There is little boundary between groups, the culture is very friendly.

    Cons

    Politics at higher levels, low salary


  4. "Great"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Medical Research Council as a contractor

    Pros

    Quite a multidisciplinary environment, good transport links

    Cons

    None whilst I worked there


  5. "Not a bad place to work but salary not great"

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    Current Contractor - Communications Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Communications Officer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice environment and people. Nice to be working in a place that is so influential. Flexible working is good and holiday allowance is great.

    Cons

    Salary at the different institutes can vary but in some it is quite a lot below the average rate that you'd get in other comparable positions at other companies. They also use a lot of temp contracts. These two things combined lead to a high staff turnover as employees don't really feel too much loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that the nature of the grants system means there may be a lot of temporary work, but there would be a lot less staff turnover and more staff loyalty if you paid more!


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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