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University College London London Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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London, England (UK)

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University College London Provost and President Michael Arthur
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, very central location (in 23 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance (no pressure to do overtime) (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Tough to get academic career progression (in 7 reviews)

  • Salary for a postdoc is low for the cost of living in London (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good communication"

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

    I worked at University College London part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good communication between management, plenty of opportunities for development, great central location, generous salary, the workload is usually very manageable.

    Cons

    There aren't that many cons, although, the IT system is generally quite poor and every day there seems to another problem. Onsite Cafes can be horrendously expensive for lunch


  2. "EXecutive Personal Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University College London part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cosmopolitan place to work

    Cons

    No chance for progression

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for progression


  3. "Great place for early career researchers"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to work for/with world class leaders in research. My programme enabled us to attend interesting seminars and workshops as well as student symposia and retreats.

    Cons

    Some departments/labs are in poor conditions due to the lack of funding.. this affects the admin and research side unfortunately

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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  5. "teaching assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London (More than a year)

    Pros

    They pay is really well.

    Cons

    Too much grading as there are a lot of students


  6. "PhD"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great academic staff and research environment.
    Good talks form academics worldwide.

    Cons

    Needs to be better communication to management.
    Variable support between supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the student body. Listen to the research staff, they are what drive the reputation of the university.


  7. "Great University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University College London (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - UCL is slowly but surely becoming one of the best universities in the world
    - great people working there

    Cons

    - pretty big beaurocracy
    - can feel anonymous
    - can feel chaotic
    - facilities could be better


  8. "PhD Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student - Stipend in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student - Stipend in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, great people and brilliant teaching. Really nice facilities in central London too

    Cons

    Sometimes the social side of PhD life can be lacking, and you can feel that you dont meet many people beyond your lab


  9. "Great university"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Flexibility for work hours, working from home etc. Senior staff care about others.

    Cons

    Not many. Perhaps more support for career progession.


  10. "Much better reputation than in reality"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UCL is in the middle of the city. It is a big university with many great research groups. There are great courses available for UCL staff concerning career development etc.

    Cons

    It is hard to get to know other people outside from your research group. The hygiene is bad: it's dirty in the offices, the toilets are most of the time blocked and there are mice everywhere. the hy

    Advice to Management

    More care about research staff, and especially about the working conditions.


  11. "UCL"

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

    Pros

    lots of money
    few work

    Cons

    students are too annoying
    students are kinda stupid

    Advice to Management

    keep the students quiet, they are too annoying



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