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Medical Research Council Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's established and can provide good support to research.
    Lifestyle is possibly better, and there isn't a strong focus on pressing performance metrics typical in academia, like publishing as many papers as possible.

    Cons

    It's a government entity, so certain easy tasks can become painfully difficult, like using dropbox, or accessing vpn from personal laptops.
    Salaries are also lower than in most Universities.


  7. "Still a good place"

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    Former Employee - Post Doc in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Post Doc in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many very smart people there. Generally good facilities.

    Cons

    The spirit that produced the double helix, monoclonal antibodies, DNA sequencing, humanized antibodies... has not really survived the move to the new building.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing.


  8. "MRC pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Core funded, great research environment, career development opportunities

    Cons

    Relatively low salary (but this is a general problem in academia)


  9. "MRC CTU at UCL"

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    Current Employee - Trial Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trial Assistant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    great annual leave allowance, flexi-time, flexi-leave, young & sociable people

    Cons

    tasks slightly repetitive, nothing else is a problem


  10. "Career Development Fellow"

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

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Very good facilities and access to cutting edge technologies. People around you are generally very knowledgeable and willing to help and discuss science.

    Cons

    Siloed approach to science. Very difficult to collaborate with stakeholders outside this institution. You are expected to produce "high quality" without much guidance or support.

    Advice to Management

    Management should try to support the scientific staff when negotiating contracts/ budgets with relevant stakeholders. Also, should ensure that staff concerns are actually taken seriously.


  11. "Research Assistant Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of holiday and free time.

    Cons

    Not possible to easily progress.



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