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University College London Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
80 Reviews
4.4
80 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • way better work life balance compare to companies of course (in 5 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)

  • And office space is at a premium so I do share an office with several others (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very international and full of opportunities. great place

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    Current Employee - PhD
    Current Employee - PhD

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    Very international and full of opportunities. great place.great location..lots of events happening all the time. very nice library. Amazing career cell.

    Cons

    Very expensive. Fee is very high especially for international students. Administration can be a bit vicious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    One of the best universities/employers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great university, on the rise. Best research institution in the UK for the moment. Excellent staff support. Not pretentious, really open minded and promotes diversity.

    Cons

    The life of postdoctoral researchers is unfortunately always uncertain. Chances for career development few and competitive.

  3.  

    Vibrant and exciting research environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UCL is an open and friendly place to work, and is located in an extremely pleasant and convenient part of London (Bloomsbury, near Euston). I did my PhD there, and took a job as a postdoctoral researcher, so I spent around 4.5 years working in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. I guess experiences will differ very much between departments, but in general the facilities are excellent - there is access to an enormous amount of equipment, software and other essentials (for example 3D printing, journal access, plenty of things for work and play in the Institute of Making). The area is also full of bars, cafes, restaurants without feeling too overcrowded. You'll also have access to bars, shops, and cafes at a lot of nearby University of London places, including ULU, Birkbeck, the Institue of Education, etc. As a university UCL has always felt very warm and welcoming, but most importantly it is dedicated to delivering high-quality teaching and research at a world-class level.

    Cons

    It's a busy place, and though it has a campus feel, it is in the centre of London. Personally, I like that, but it's a bit different to a 'normal' campus lifestlye. It also charges a fortune for graduation ceremonies (£35/ticket this year to attend my own PhD ceremony, and the same for each guest).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great University to work in

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Many collaborations and contacts within the institution> Very well organized. Many resources at your disposal. Great location.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be not very goal oriented. That's a general problem of Academic Science.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Professor

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    Former Employee - Professor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Professor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, up and coming university

    Cons

    space is tight due to expansion (success)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focussed on competing globally

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    PhD Researcher - great access to resources and expertise.

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    • 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

    Abundance of facilities and professional expertise.

    Cons

    PhD researchers culture - there is no feeling you actually belong to a cohort - everyone's on their own.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, pay, easy job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    - Very flexible
    - Nice to speak to young students, encourage them to consider university as an option
    - Good pay for a student job
    - Easy to do and lots of fun perks

    Cons

    - Can be a little boring with not much to do
    - They try to give everyone a chance to work so you can be limited in how much you can earn per term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very enjoyable

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

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, multicultural, good city.

    Cons

    Department was unorganised, and very unorganised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to organise far better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    PhD student

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    - good brand (UCL)
    - wide range of experts which allow cross-sectional collaboration

    Cons

    - not enough space
    - expensive to live near the campus
    - overcrowded! (thanks to continuous merger and over recruitment of students)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - more spaces
    - work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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