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The Institute of Cancer Research Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. "Lots of great things to say, a good work life balance. Top research research institution internationally recognised."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sutton, London, England (UK)
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top quality research, great people to work with and good facilities. Gym on site, as well as lots of clubs.

    Cons

    Some processes are lacking when compared to industry. There is limited career progression unless you move. Site management are not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure


  2. "Long term employee"

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

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worthwhile organisation, friendly and supportive atmosphere and colleagues

    Cons

    Career progression difficult due to small size of organisation, office space can be cramped and old-fashioned in places, travel to Sutton or London when based at the other site can be stressful.


  3. "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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  5. "Good employer"

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


  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)
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    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. "Definitely worth taking a job at ICR"

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    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in Sutton, London, England (UK)
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Truly cosmopolitan culture and cutting edge ground breaking research facility.

    Cons

    It is a very subjective matter and I personally did not have any complains except for canteen catering for more vegetarian options.

    Advice to Management

    We would love a salary hike.


  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)
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    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. "Day to day project management of phase I oncology clinical trials"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Manager in Sutton, London, England (UK)
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    From bench to bedside of clinical trials. Cutting edge science and clinical trials to help establish a better understanding of cancer

    Cons

    Big portfolio of studies but small teams. Not enough resource available to carry out all work tasks for effective delivery


  10. "Well supported research post with access to great facilities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A very well connected research institution that performs very well in attracting funding and training staff. Remarkably well positioned to interact with the clinic via partnership with the Royal Marsden Hospital.

    Cons

    Tending toward translational projects, possibly at the cost of basic research.
    The Institute is split between two sites, which can present frustration for collaborative activities between teams.


  11. "Good starting experience"

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    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SCIENTIFIC OFFICER in London, England (UK)
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good funding as well as a huge variety of different projects and techniques throughout the company. Lovely staff to work with, good canteen for lunch. Widely recognised for quality research

    Cons

    Pay levels seem to stay low with no overtime or bonus available, but overtime is still expected to be worked.


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