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The Institute of Cancer Research Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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  1. "Clinical Data Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant organisation with fantastic values and history in cancer research. Currently undergoing a world-leading London Cancer Hub development at the Sutton site. Now has a very good stance on bullying and harassment following recent press reports on this matter. You feel like you are making a difference.

    Cons

    Certain departments can be isolated from each other (except management of course) due to different sites and multiple buildings on even 1 site.

    Advice to Management

    See cons


  2. "Postdoc training fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment for researchers.

    Cons

    Lack of funding to carry out work.
    Lack of mentoring for Postdocs.
    Very low morale among staff.

    Advice to Management

    Good work must be credited to boost morale.

  3. "Research quality"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the top research institutes

    Cons

    Sutton branch is a bit out of London


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    Set me up for life couldn't have asked for a better PhD

    Cons

    Experience depends on lab and supervisor


  5. "Stay away unless you are just starting out as technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    central location and some nice people

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of career progression, bad culture, scientists not valued


  6. "Collaborative Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    The ICR is full of many different research labs and everyone is encouraged to work together.

    Cons

    The Sutton site is not located in central London.


  7. "Great place to work in"

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    Current Employee - Senior Bioinformatician in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Bioinformatician in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of training, nice environment, nice people. IT and Scientific computing department are there to help you anytime.

    Cons

    Salaries are quite low, but ICR are working on increasing them

    Advice to Management

    Well done

  8. "Good company, limited opportunities"

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    Current Employee - CDM in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CDM in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location, open green. Lots of parking

    Cons

    Gym , canteen not enough good quality food. No air con or heating in some offices.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "I would not recommend anyone to work here! Institutional bullying is rife and nasty here."

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    Current Employee - Clinical Trials in Sutton, Bedfordshire, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials in Sutton, Bedfordshire, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are lucky enough not to be bullied or harassed, which means you are a manager, then its OK.

    Cons

    Institutional bullying is day to day life here, Managers are not trained and are supported in their bullying by their managers, HR collude in the bullying or just ignore it. Everyone either ignores it, does it or colludes, I cannot wait to get out and never come back! People are emotionally blackmailed, to just leave and not go to tribunal because it is a charity! I will be going to Tribunal and revealing this horrible place for what it is as soon as I get the chance!

    The location is horrible, in the middle of nowhere, impossible to get to by public transport, parking a nightmare, no facilities, food is horrible and over priced, everyone is just miserable due to ill treatment I guess.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so arrogant that you think its OK to allow your managers to bully and harass staff just because you are a Cancer charity! Saving lives does not give you the right to collude in this disgusting behaviour! Employ managers that have experience in management or train those that don't! Mine is a narcissist that is socially inept and incapable of managing anything and yet you support her in bullying the one person who has revealed how useless she is but you have chosen to ignore this and just collude with her... I am disgusted to be honest, your policies allow managers to just lie and you believe them or just choose to ignore the truth and this is how you end up in Tribunal paying out money that people have given you in good faith! You should be ashamed and I am so so disappointed, horrible attitude, horrible place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc in a rapidly growing team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    Facilities - superb! Within Breast Cancer Now one has access to a wide range of equipment that is relatively well maintained, it's rather well organised.

    Cons

    People and management. As always, depends on a team, but some (senior) staff and PIs have been getting away with appalling treatment of more junior researchers. Not very progressive in thinking, very hierarchical, not a lot of scope for innovation.

    Zero career progression opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Introduce penalties for poor management and unfair treatment.


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