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University College London Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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  • no options for career progression (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great university, but very stressful and competitive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really equips you well for leadership and real-life with a focus on developing skills required in industry

    Cons

    High workload, peers are unhelpful and competitive

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. "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)

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

    Pros

    flexibility, independent, multicultural, inspirational,professional

    Cons

    salary, career development, opportunities,future perspectives, stability


  3. "UCL Central IT"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Project Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Project Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    UCL is classifies as being one of the top 10 universities in the World. Diverse working environment. As a result it is possible to work on a range of different IT and related projects and initiatives. Additionally it is possible to work in different departments across the UCL campus.

    Cons

    Teams, particularly working on IT can be very silo'ed. As a result there is a lot of work that is unnecessarily repeated and very big gaps between projects exist. For example very little technical material has been recorded to date so operations are dependent on specific individuals memories.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the silo model and get teams to work together. Remember that the new services are still dependant/running on legacy systems. it is essential to formalise/consolidate processes to enable a more holistic, reliable service to be provided.


  4. "PhD studentship"

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

    Pros

    World class research with many interesting on-going projects, friendly colleagues, opportunities for progress in the role.

    Cons

    IT support can some time be a little bit inefficient.


  5. "PhD researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Convenient working location and international working environment.

    Cons

    Facilities are relevant old comparing to other universities.


  6. "good place to do research"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student/Doktorand
    Current Employee - PhD Student/Doktorand

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

    Pros

    depends on department, but chemistry is very supportive.
    Not the best help available for health for phds

    Cons

    some stuff is not great, they tend to be very publication orientated because that's the pressure they get. money talks.


  7. "Life"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very supportive working environment. We work hard but have lots of fun and the culture is great. Flaxiable with time management.

    Cons

    I have good time working in UCL, just think it would be great to have more support for the funding for international conferences.


  8. "Great place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professional, friendly environment. Staff are treated with respect.

    Cons

    Zero hours contract and no opportunities to become permanent even after 7 years of service


  9. "Laboratory Technician"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Great academic environment with plenty of scope to achieve your ambitions. Usually involved in some of the latest research on the planet.

    Cons

    None so far. I have found that the job is what you make of it - if your ambitious and want to try new things it can usually be accommodated. Equally if you just want a 9-5 job this is OK too.

    Advice to Management

    I would say that the professional technician staff should get more reward, in terms of recognition, for their support of the academic staff.


  10. "UCL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed working atmosphere
    Good training/preparation for future jobs

    Cons

    bureaucracy
    facilities: limited space and resources


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