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University College London Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
70 Reviews
4.3
70 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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    PhD at UCL

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England

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

    Pros

    -Well known and it's name and fame speaks for its own. Well recognised and well connected for external collaborations.
    -great location of course, great links for transport.

    Cons

    The national scholarship is not enough to live in London (even with "London allowance", just not enough).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great university to work for

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great staff, great people, good pay

    Cons

    London is expensive, facilities ageing a bit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    PhD Salary

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good Great Amazing Yes No

    Cons

    basic lifestyle mom treasure dino

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep off my biscuits you monsters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    University in central london

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Has a good central location, Nice campus and library. Library often open 24 hr. Many training courses available to take for staff. Large common room available exclusively for staff.

    Cons

    Overcrowded offices and poor decoration and facilities. Not many benefits or incentive. Noise pollution from events and building work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Good PhD at UCL

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England

    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
  8.  

    Great personal freedom, average people and conditions

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Research job, potentially leaves time for self-study.

    Cons

    Not an excellent team, but that ultimately depends on project partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n.a.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was a nice experience there, but definitely do not want to stay for long term.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    way better work life balance compare to companies of course

    Cons

    research groups doing unbelievably similar things and they share a lab.....very very bad and stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very inefficient and slow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good work environment, and good career prospects

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Research Associate in London, England

    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
  11.  

    Unique working experience in central London

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England

    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

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