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University College London London Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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London, England (UK)

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  • no options for career progression (in 9 reviews)

  • Expensive to live in or around London and the London allowance isn't anywhere near enough to make up for this (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "PhD. student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great environment for learning and developing personally

    Cons

    supervisors can be too busy to help you


  2. "Fantastic place for growth in central London"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working as a research associate for just over a year and have loved my time at UCL. The access I have has a biomedical researcher to the many world class hospitals as well as research facilities is remarkable. I get to work with people from all around the world and is an incredibly intellectually stimulating environment. My colleagues are hardworking professionals and the bosses are very approachable and supportive. I also get the perks of being in central London.

    Cons

    The UCL admin can be quite slow at times so you may need to consistently nag them to push things to go through. As the university is scattered a bit throughout a major city, your division/department may feel like a small part of a big machine - though to be fair, the different UCL campuses are well situated and possibly more united geographically than other big city universities.

    Advice to Management

    If you could invest in more efficient workflow through the admin team, the rest of the staff would be very grateful. Thanks.

  3. "Queen Square Brain Bank post doc"

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    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, fun and relatively laid back environment which inspires open collaboration and team work.

    Cons

    Antiquated lab equipment, poor lab management and poor communication from supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Talk openly to your employees! If the lab manager is not effective delegate some of their responsibility!


  4. "Excellent"

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, surrounded by fantastic colleagues at the top of their game, the place is buzzing.

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of any right now.


  5. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Biomedical Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Biomedical Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ENjoyable, friendly, great facilities and people

    Cons

    not well paid, commute was awful


  6. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people! flexible working hours. Helpful friendly staff.

    Cons

    Central London pollution can make it less desirable


  7. "Research Associate"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the most prestigious UK universities

    Cons

    Short-term contracts, renewal independent from performances

  8. "Good environment for Neuroscience"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very good environment for neuroscience at the institute of neurology

    Cons

    The cons that come to mind are not specific to UCL but more general for academia


  9. "Busy organisation"

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

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

    Pros

    Big organisation with a good mix f people. Established working policies

    Cons

    Can be a bit disjointed


  10. "A very friendly environment with people from all over the world."

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

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Located in the centre of the city, with many opportunities to work on. A variety of departments is provided with people with lots of skills in each domain.

    Cons

    Working in such an environment although it is a great experience is very stressful. There is a lot of competition and all the programmes are intensive


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