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  1. "PDRA"

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    Current Employee - PDRA in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PDRA in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Excellent research based academic institution. Very resourceful and has good connections with hospitals around London. Has latest equipments and does cutting edge research.

    Cons

    usually staff are contracted with very less scope for extensions. Stressful as the roles are result driven , no scope to grow or emrge as a researcher as we tend to work on stricit dealines


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    "Too many office politics"

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    Former Employee - Research Management Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Management Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of nice people in the organisation (other than the team i worked in).

    Cons

    Too much office politics, gossiping and pettiness in the finance department. Not a nice work environment to be in because of this. Members of the team gossip constantly about each other when a member goes out of the room. No sense of professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of negative bullying behaviour that currently exists in the team as it is poisonous and unhealthy. Certain members who have been at the institute for a number of years believe themselves to be some sort of authority figure when they are at the same level as you, they need to be put in their place.

  3. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    State of the art equimpment
    supportive staff
    good atmosphere between colleagues

    Cons

    for post-doctoral employees as anywhere else long working hours
    not a permanent contract


  4. "Better than academia"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Training Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Training Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facilities are excellent, admin and support staff are friendly. Allowance for travel is good, and in general, people have good work ethic.

    Cons

    Somehow senior technicians are given more career growth opportunity than postdocs in large labs. There appears to be a lot of resentment of postdocs from supporting staff that were around for >10 years. It creates too much friction and is counter-productive. Too many egos and not enough teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Start managing. It is not enough to just hide in your office, problems need to be faced and resolved, and staff needs to be developed. Mentoring is essential in such a place.


  5. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    L&D opportunities. Good salary. Nice environment.

    Cons

    No opportunities for postdoc after 7 years of career


  6. "Great translational research, poor career outlook"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the science done at the ICR is very translational and using state-of-the art technologies. Working 9-to-5 is common across the entire institute.

    Cons

    One year contacts and virtually no upward movement, but this is how things are done in academia. Also, working here won't really get you closer to getting employed later by big pharma or biotech, so make a wise career choice.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Great place to work or study"

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    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, funding for projects, support for new staff and PhD students, the highest standards of research. Great community spirit and career opportunities. Truly sad to leave.

    Cons

    You may leave, but you'll probably come back

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with very good scientist, good funding, for research high salaries.

    They have "Scientific Officer" jobs that are not fix-term as all other jobs in research.

    Cons

    Split into two sites (Sutton and Chelsea), which can be a problem some time.

    Advice to Management

    I like the very open way the institute is managed. Don't have the feeling decisions are made without telling the staff, which I really appreciate.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, sufficient funding for research, no teaching requirements, good conference presence, high research rating, investment in new infrastructure is high

    Cons

    One of the sites is far from the centre, no masters students to do some of the work, little teaching opportunities, poor brand recognition


  10. "Very dependent on what lab you work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture at the ICR is very informal, and if you work for the right person, it could be a good place to work. Annual leave entitlements are generous. The name recognition of the Institute should increase in future, making it a more prestigious place to work.

    Cons

    The leadership is lacking, although this is also dependent on what lab you work in. There's a sense that team leaders can and will say anything they want to, and there seems to be little protection for employees and students again discrimination and bullying, despite the Institute's on-paper commitment to tackling these issues. Of course, the compensation is also poor, with the idea that since you do cancer research you must not need money to live on in London.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people who do the actual day-to-day work that gets you published. People want to succeed, but if you make it difficult for them with a poisonous atmosphere and little focus on the actual science, they will leave and your funding will be hard to renew.


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