University College London Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
55 Reviews

4.3
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It has a relaxed environment with flexible working hours and sociable co workers (in 5 reviews)

  • Very flexible, good work life balance, interesting job (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is little opportunity for career advancement and senior management was less than helpful in terms of career advice and guidance (in 2 reviews)

  • Very old style pay scheme and promotion system; Can be isolated from the faculty level; Staying too long in the lab (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great university, great employer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Research interest, great colleagues, superb holiday.

    Cons

    Some processes a bit annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to be a student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London

    Pros

    Fantastic academic location and setting

    Cons

    Bureaucratic at times and they can improve the libraries

  3.  

    Telephone Fundraiser

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible, great people and values. Learned a lot from the experience.

    Cons

    Temporary job. Just preparation for better things after graduation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great university to work for

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

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top university, excellent facilities. Great work life balance. Always good seminars and guest speakers - plenty of opportunity for career development.

    Cons

    Perhaps not as much collaboration between different groups within the computer science department as I would have liked. Plenty of opportunity for crossover between different fields.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Reputation based on research, not staff/student experience

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    Current Employee - Support Staff  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Staff in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location, reputation, a lot of talented people who are under-utilised.

    Cons

    Shambolic senior management, claim poverty while spending millions on pet projects, poor treatment of staff on lowest grades and contractors, lack of basic facilities, abysmal planning, little effort to build bridges between academics and support staff, increasingly privileged and homogenised intake of students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let somebody with talent, vision, and a semblance of morality take over, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Fantastic - truly a global institution

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

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Central London location on Bloomsbury surrounded by great food! A relaxed attitude of excellence which is unique to this place.

    Cons

    Its very much up to you what you get out of the doctorate programme. No one will push you or stop you - so work hard and pace yourself its a marathon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadreship keep up the good work but get rid of dead wood. There are definitely academics with strong reputations and records of excellence but those that don't cut it should be addressed and put on improvement programmes to ensure they progress or leave. All academics should turn up to departmental seminars where students and post docs present - they need input from their peers and mentors - thats a basic standard that should be upheld without excuses in all educational institutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Postdoc at UCL

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, many opportunities for personal and professional growth

    Cons

    If you have a problem, you might need to talk to several different persons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between the single departments and the general office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    londons metropolitan university; emphasis on modern subjects (e.g. biology)

    Cons

    considerable grant overheads; complicated administration

  10.  

    Best place to be a research assistant

    Current Employee - Casual Research Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Casual Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, best sources of information, updated library, inspirational staff

    Cons

    the payroll system is outdated, access cards too restrictive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    perhaps try to empower more the entry-level staff

  11.  

    Very good work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible, good work life balance, interesting job

    Cons

    Can be very slow and bureaucratic, particularly its HR

    Recommends

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