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The Institute of Cancer Research Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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


  2. "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)
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    Positive Outlook
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    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

  3. "Wonderful experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Highly motivated and smart people working there. Great balance between work and personal life. A lot of activities available (talks, classes, sports, journal clubs, etc...)

    Cons

    Everything was just perfect! Loved every single moment spent there!

    Advice to Management

    Keep going!


  4. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very challangin enviroment with a lot of resources. Good caffeteria.

    Cons

    Far from London. Travelling there takes 1-2 hours min.


  5. "good place where to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    nice environment and good facilities

    Cons

    i havent found any so far


  6. Helpful (2)

    "High quality cancer research institute in central London."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in London, England (UK)
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    Pros

    Some of the labs are world-renowned, with excellent reputation. As an institution, it is attractive in that it spans all facets of cancer research and drug development from basic R&D, to development, to drug screening to clinical trials.

    Cons

    Not all of the staff or researchers are highly motivated or talented. Although the location is quite good in central London or Sutton.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to always be sure to contribute to professional developement of employees, although there is some of that in place, including training and coursework.


  7. "A quiet leader in basic and translational cancer research with unparalleled drug development capabilities"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
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    Pros

    ICR encompasses some everything from basic tumour biology to truly translational cancer science and oncology drug development. It's rated the top research organisation in the UK (RAE 2008) and is responsible for countless numbers of oncology drugs which have or are about to reach market e.g. Carboplatin, Melphalan, Abiraterone, Olaparib (via Kudos), HSP90 and PI3K inhibitors. Modern buildings and some of the best scientists in the industry offer an outstanding environment in which to excel.

    Cons

    I agree with the other review. Not all staff at ICR are outstanding and not all are that motivated. They could achieve so much more!! There are also limited core facilities, which puts them at odds with many other comparative organisations. They need to work better with their clinical partners, the Royal Marsden Hospital, if they are to achieve their goals.

    Advice to Management

    We need a new business focused CEO and an excellent core team of chief scientists to lead ICRs scientific strategy. An improved relationship with the Royal Marsden Hospital and collaboration on Fundraising would increase revenue and status within the UK and abroad.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    learn lot of new stuff. good supportive team, learn a lot about GCP ICH and clinical trials. internal development with good support

    Cons

    little chance of career progression. job selection for colleague was not fare. few member of team are burden on DM team

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  9. "More business like than academic research institute"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Sutton, London, England (UK)
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, access to more clinical aspects of research, opportunity to collaborate with good teams. Basic but has sports facility, socialising occasions.

    Cons

    For basic science project, it is better to be in Chelsea than in Sutton in terms of collaborations or getting help in general. There were more scientific officers than postdocs so if you like the university-based atmosphere, it's not the best choice.


  10. "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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