Imperial College London
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Good uni at good locationThe uni is small compared to those in the USsome programmes are far too stressful-16 modules in one yeartoo expensive to live nearby cus near hydepark
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Alright place to do a PhD

finished my phd a couple of years ago in Physics department. It's a decent place to be, with loads of like-minded people around you to help and support you on your studies
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Serious, high impact culture

Impressive people who care about what they do. Surprisingly bad systems and processes. IT is is poor but improving. Extraordinary students, but not diverse.
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Productive and energising workplace

Fair salary as a research assitant without a PhD and my PI was absolutely lovely and very understanding of my mental health need. As a research assistant, our job and workplace atmosphere is set by out PI so can't say that this would be the experience across the board.
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Varied, good work/life balance

Varied and challenging role, good work life balance, decent pay, opportunities for career development can be limited, departments often work in silos
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Good place to work.

I have worked here for six years and on the whole I enjoy it very much. Night shifts can be tiring and management can be questionable. I would recommend working at imperial college in the security team.


Good package and shift pattern.


Personally I have to stay in London to work away from home.?
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Good workplace with many opportunities

Good trust overall in comparison with my local trust. Has loads of opportunities and other departments to transfer into, if you dont like the field you're currently working in.
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Good work-life balance, nearly no medical benefits

Pros: flexible working hours, very generous holidays, Cons: Medical benefits are only registrable if you live near the campus, which is in South Kensington
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Dynamic roles and good benefits, but stressful

I found Imperial as a whole to be an interesting organisation with lots of opportunity, and pride in good work. It's very large with different departments, Institutes etc, so it can feel disjointed. And many of the "benefits' aren't helpful if you live outside of London and work remotely. The work can be chaotic and stressful - but that's usually the case for senior roles anywhere.
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Productive and fun with my old working mates

Best place I ever work. Friendly environment. I enjoy working with different communities people. I learnt many things there because it's campus and get chance to meet whih lecturers. Overall it was fun.


Free lunch friendly environment and its college


Limited hours no extra
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Great environment

I have been working in academia for almost a decade and Imperial college has been the best university so far. The environment is stimulating, the team is collaborative and overall it feels like a big family.Salary is the highest one compared to other universities in London but it is still not comparable with industry.Perks and benefits are limited.
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Depends which research group you work in

Job satisfaction is reliant on the group you work in. Make sure to properly research the PI and their group before committing. Some are nice to work for, while others not so much.
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Great university to study at

Imperial is one of the best university to study. I took my masters' at the business school. Degree was quite intense, curiculun should be more focused on real jobs responsibilities
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Best job I've ever had

This job was an amazing experience, wish I could work there forever. Great management, a great location, and I have met great people there. Best way to spend your summer with good payment as well
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amazing university

amazing place to work. Smart and polite students and staff. friendly environment, great location in London. only no much fund to stay longer or find permanent position. Very competitive environment.


smart and polite people


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Great organisation but favouritisim is rife

To add to the subject line, favouritism is rife and people are rewarded based on how much they schmooze upper management, not how hard they work.The benefits and salary are the best out of all universities in the UK. Work life balance largely depends on the dept you're in.


Pension and Salary


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Good Work Place and Empathetic Management

Good team and empathetic management, only downside is progression was non-existent in a small team.Team is very small and work areas grey together but all in all friendly.


Friendly, Flexible


No Progression
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productive and supportive place

Honestly the best and supportive staff. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to study or work there. It a great place to start your career and good to add onto cv
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Great place to work

Very collabrative place to work excellent training. Great work life balance and brilliant studnts.Colleagues happy to help and provide guidenace and professional manner.
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Interesting work

Nice place to work and learn fromNice, interesting and smart people working there Collaborative if you know the right peopleLow salary for London and little to no benefits




Long hours
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They don’t value your humanity

Probably not the worse uni but don’t deserve top uni of the world!!! Most unwelcoming place to work at. Relatively low paid for postdoc compared to other countries!
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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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