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The Institute of Cancer Research Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. "Higher Scientific Officer"

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    Current Employee - Higher Scientific Officer in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Higher Scientific Officer in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Locations and colaborations with RMH

    Cons

    Some poor management in some teams


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It is very good but it depends mostly on the group"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Real chance to do a goutstanding research. Optimal know how.

    Cons

    it depends mostly on which group. Some groups are really not as good.
    Very difficult to make career.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "I did my PhD at the ICR"

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of money to do research and good salary compared to other PhD positions in the UK

    Cons

    Poor student support and few students actually publish papers


  7. "Varied, challenging and enjoyable organisation to work for, with excellent goals and direction."

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    Current Employee - MSC Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MSC Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good locations (Chelsea, Fulham, Sutton). Variety of employees.

    Cons

    Not many social events organised, but depends on the department you are in. Not very easy to progress within certain departments.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, inadequate leadership team"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sutton, London, England (UK)

    Pros

    - top scientific institution
    - possibility to work with some best scientists and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    - unpredictable leadership team
    - very bad communication with the rest of the employ
    - very hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    Greater appreciation to people's effort
    Greater transparency in ICR strategy and what impact it will have on those that work there


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