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University College London Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance (no pressure to do overtime) (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours as you would expect in a place where quality of work is more important than heating chairs (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good and skilled workers, central London location, good academic reputation, chance to get involved in interesting projects

    Cons

    Bad management lots of long term staff leaving terrible atmosphere in central IT department, lack of innovation and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Move on, listen to staff more.


  2. "Postgraduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    University College London is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading higher education institutions. Teaching there helped me to improve my teaching skills and my career prospects.

    Cons

    Postgraduate Teaching Assistants were often invited by a member of staff to assist them to teach a certain course. This meant that I was often unable to get the desired teaching experience. What was worse was that some of my colleagues were invited to teach more than two courses per term, while others were not invited to teach any courses.

    The hourly pay rate was low, and the hours allocated for marking were often not sufficient. While Postgraduate Teaching Assistants in our department were advised to refuse to do any work for free, many of them did. I once refused to work for free, and I was not offered to teach the course ever again. Consequently, one had two options to chose from when such a situation arose: do unpaid work or risk not being offered any teaching next year. Most Postgraduate Teaching Assistants were PhD students who were in need of extra income, which left them with no option. Doing unpaid work reduced the already low hourly pay rate.

    Postgraduate Teaching Assistants were not always given teaching evaluations provided by the students. Having no feedback on teaching was detrimental in two ways. First, I did not know what the students liked or disliked, which made it harder for me to improve my teaching skills. Second, having no evidence of teaching excellence made it virtually impossible to compete for academic jobs with a teaching component.

  3. "UCL"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    location is central and easy accesible

    Cons

    elitist culture leads to pets and favouritisms

    Advice to Management

    learn form industry


  4. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Great students and colleagues lots of interesting people wonderful location plenty of stuff, etc etc, basically a world class institution, even if on the cheap

    Cons

    Godawful bureaucracy, low pay, increasing commercialization, no academic values in administration, TEF, REF, paperwork irrelevant to teaching, administrators view faculty as slaves, etc. Oh and the gym.

    Advice to Management

    Reward high performing academics appropriately perhaps provide regular meaningful reviews with actual consequences on salary rather than just let everything drift into oblivion while saving costs.


  5. "just ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not too much good points, but the location is at centre of London and important. While the work and life balance is very good. Not too much presure.

    Cons

    The payment is very low and no other bonus, and the future of this job is not clear.

    Advice to Management

    If you try to feel the life and work environment in London, UCL is a good place to stay for a while, not too long.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Much better reputation than in reality"

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    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.


  7. "ucl review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    people with tremendous amount of knowledge

    Cons

    people in the management are very often unorganized

  8. "PhD experience"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

    Pros

    Many Excellent labs and teachers
    Diversity of people, experiences and ideas
    Good reputation
    Collaborative environment
    Location if you are lucky and working on the main campus

    Cons

    University does not have the facilities to provide a decent student experience to the numbers of students it is taking on

    Mismanagement. My program was shut down by the funding body due to mismanagement

    Advice to Management

    Good scientists and academics are not necessarily good managers

    Space issues especially on the Gower st. Campus need to be addressed and not with temporary buuildings


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Institutionalised Staff, Practices and Management"

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    Former Employee - Engagement and Communications in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engagement and Communications in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Great location, potential to be a real leader in terms of leading the way for staff and students to be the change that is needed for all our futures.

    Cons

    They say all the right things but actions speak louder than words and business and profit trumps staff/people and the impact they could have on business practices and students

    Advice to Management

    Times are changing. Listen to your staff who have the experience to make a real impact full of purpose and meaning on their roles and the business. Dictatorship mgt will not survive.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "PhD student UCL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World leading research, most staff members are good at what they do.

    Cons

    Facilities in Chemistry department are dire. Too much politics within the department is detrimental to achieving efficient research.

    Advice to Management

    Treat other research groups as you would want your own to be treated.


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