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University College London Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
64 Reviews
4.4
64 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible, good work life balance, interesting job (in 4 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Holy Moses it is expensive to live in London (in 2 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    great place to work

    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University College London full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    atmosphere is great. it is a real community. its always busy, except holidays which can be a little "dry". want to stay here for a long while.

    Cons

    very tiring and you are always expected to do something. work can easily pile up but ucl does allot to try and help you manage

  2.  

    Good PhD at UCL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I guess that the PhD experience depends on many factors, i.e. in which department you are working, who is your supervisor and what is your project. However, being at a top university as UCL helps you especially on a non-research point of view. First I found extremely useful all the university services such as the Career and Doctoral training services, with plenty of non-academic courses and events being organised during the term. Second, being in London is a fantastic opportunity to network. If you are interested in staying in academia you can visit people at nearby universities to discuss your results or to solve possible obstacles in your research. Its incredible how many conferences and science divulgation events are organised in London, you just have to keep your eyes open. If on the other side you are not interested in academia, but after a PhD you want to move into a industry...well, in London you can find Industries in all the possible fields, so even in that case it is easy to find good opportunities.

    Cons

    What I mostly disliked is that UCL is so central in London that all the facilities are badly distributed and of very low quality. Recently there has been a continuous refurbishment of obsolete areas around the Uni, so I guess that UCL is trying to invest strongly on new buildings and new areas. At the moment it is often very complicated to find good office space. In the last three years I have been working in a office with more than 10 people and with no windows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work environment, and good career prospects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    University work allows for a balanced work/life.All conditions to conduct your research, especially when it is funded externally. Big university that gives you access to wide range of experts for cross-disciplinary support. Also frequent seminars by external experts. Personally, good for CV and future career prospects.

    Cons

    Very fast paced and market/grant driven environment. Not as much collaboration as would be possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Unique working experience in central London

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - vibrant working environment
    - surrounded by bright and determined individuals
    - the UCL campus is in central London
    - the research staff and colleagues are very helpful and approachable
    - I have never experienced any difficulties or differences with other employess
    - I quite enjoyed working at UCL

    Cons

    - you get stuck in student life
    - the stipend could be a little bit lacking, especially for an expensive city like London
    - they are only a few opportunities to earn a little extra

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have heavily subsidized food on campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very professional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing University. As well as working within the area I was assigned it was encouraged that interns seek out people from other parts of the company in order to learn more about the different areas within RR.
    - Supportive Team
    - Loads of Feedback
    - Interesting Projects

    Cons

    It can be difficult to pick up some of the more technical terms and processes during a 10-12 week internship which makes the first few weeks a little more challenging.

  7.  

    Fun and interesting place, but occasionally bureaucratic.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Its reputation means they push you hard and expect a lot. To help with this is a lot of support from colleagues and admin. Professional and personal facilities are great and there are a lot of opportunities to meet potential collaborators and contacts. Near the centre of London, good transport links, and great food and entertainment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, specially health and safety, and the time required to get projects done by estates. London is expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more estates people. Reduce the bureaucracy involved in getting small modifications to buildings so that equipment can be fitted easily and rapidly. Ask H&S personelle to work more closely with employees to not only remonstrate with them or deny their requests on H&S grounds, but to suggest alternatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    summer research

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

    I have been working at University College London as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    friendly people, nice atmosphere, prestigious environment to work in. excellent facilities and opportunities, approachable staff. Top university and overall great place to work

    Cons

    It is pretty expensive to live in london, but nice that is in such a central location. If you want to live nearby expect to pay alot in rent. Can't say too much which is negative really

  9.  

    Beautiful & Central Campus surrounded by British Library & Britidh Museum

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Highly intellectual lecturers and professors encouraging a highly innovative learning environment

    Cons

    May be too crowded since it's located at Central London

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Highly experienced

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Centre of London, very much convenient

    Cons

    Expensive area, everything is very expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live outside of London

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great university, great employer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Research interest, great colleagues, superb holiday.

    Cons

    Some processes a bit annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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