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The Institute of Cancer Research Reviews

Updated 4 Jul 2019

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The Institute of Cancer Research CEO Paul Workman
Paul Workman
12 Ratings
Pros
  • "The ICR is full of many different research labs and everyone is encouraged to work together(in 7 reviews)

  • "good place to learn and be associated with cutting-edge science and research, good work environment(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not many options for lunch, the ICR and hospital cafe are the only ones nearby (expensive(in 6 reviews)

  • "There is limited career progression unless you move(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Cold and academic with poor transport links"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Officer in Sutton, London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The ICR has its own bar onsite.

    Cons

    Trickle down management, poor transport links and individual teams stick to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    none

    The Institute of Cancer Research2019-07-04
  2. "Great environment and good place for knowledge sharing"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Relaxed environment, good place to know professionals and share knowledge, great pension scheme, flexible hours.

      Cons

      Salary a bit underpaid compared to other institutes/universities

      The Institute of Cancer Research2019-05-23
    • "No Guidance Given, but High Standards Expected"

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      Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      The work environment is very friendly, and many opportunities for conferences, travel, and collaboration.

      Cons

      I was put to work in a highly disruptive work environment with no consideration for health and safety. When I discussed this with my supervisor, the only space I could be given completely isolated me from my team and most days, other people. The isolation and the lack of guidance have been terrible for both my learning and my mental health.

      Advice to Management

      If a PI wants to take on a PhD student, ensure they have appropriate space for the type of work. If a student is not handling biomaterials, they should not be sat in a lab.

      The Institute of Cancer Research2019-05-21
    • "Top place for PhD!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

      Pros

      -Freedom -Student community -Lots of courses -Seminars -Making friends

      Cons

      -time pressure, students often confused,

      The Institute of Cancer Research2019-02-09
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great facilities, be careful who you work for"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

      Pros

      The facilities on offer are amazing and the pay is excellent

      Cons

      Can be let down by poor management and big egos

      The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-25
    • "Postdoc"

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      Current Employee - Research Assistant 
      Recommends
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Flexible hours, remuneration, support, learning and development.

      Cons

      From engineering point of view, there is not much to progress

      The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-17
    • "Busy cancer research clinical trials unit; good experience to see development of novel cancer drugs and patient benefit."

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      Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sutton, London, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Strong independent cancer research focus with clear values (untainted from industry financial incentives), good work-life balance, great team mentality, communication of weekly news across all areas of research via email/intranet, clear support and training opportunities for employees, performance is rewarded with commitment to promotion from within.

      Cons

      Benefits typically seen in clinical trials companies (pharmaceuticals/CROs) not as great, high turnover in certain positions on an annual basis can leave areas short-staffed.

      Advice to Management

      Better interaction and understanding of separate departments’ work would be good, not just in upper-management positions.

      The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-05
    • Helpful (2)

      "If you're thinking of doing a PhD here, be warned"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

      Pros

      There are some good research teams with excellent leadership

      Cons

      1. Beware of the team leaders who haven't managed to retain anyone who has worked with them in academia. This should be a massive warning sign when considering joining a lab anywhere 2. Unlike most universities, the ICR does not have a policy of a supervisory panel where a primary supervisor's advice and decisions regarding their student's work is checked regularly by another, more senior researcher with a good track...

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      Advice to Management

      Read the reviews people leave about their line managers in the exit questionnaire, and act on them if you really want to avoid further negative press about the bullying culture at the ICR.

      The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-14
    • Helpful (2)

      "Well paid... that is it!"

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      Former Employee - Senior Scientific Officer in Sutton, East Midlands, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Very good salary and great benefit (considering that you are not requested to do any job); decent facilities, sound reputation (as an heritage from the past, where perhaps ICR was actually good) that will improve visibility of your CV.

      Cons

      Extremely slow pace of work to the point of being very boring. The research approach is quite obsolete, clearly lagging behind the private sector. Team leaders are often clueless and arrogant. Yelling and non-professional behavior is common, as it is in all academic environments (so not surprising). No possibility for career growth, apart for Team leaders (as usual in all academic environments). I guess that the ICR...

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      Advice to Management

      Recruit better team leaders and engage more all employees in Institute-wide projects/ interactions. Challenge the people with clear INSTITUTE-focus objectives. Start from recruitment, which has to be division/department-led and not just decided by a team leader/professor. In other words make all employees feel part of the Institute/Department/Division, not just part of a small team led by a team leader/professor (who...

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      The Institute of Cancer Research2018-12-12
    • "Clinical Data Manager"

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      Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sutton, London, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Brilliant organisation with fantastic values and history in cancer research. Currently undergoing a world-leading London Cancer Hub development at the Sutton site. Now has a very good stance on bullying and harassment following recent press reports on this matter. You feel like you are making a difference.

      Cons

      Certain departments can be isolated from each other (except management of course) due to different sites and multiple buildings on even 1 site.

      Advice to Management

      See cons

      The Institute of Cancer Research2018-11-06
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