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King's College London Reviews

Updated 20 May 2018
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King's College London President PROFESSOR EDWARD BYRNE AC
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  • There is a distinct air of arrogance at the senior management level (in 14 reviews)

  • There are no cons (for me personally) at this point (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Very positive experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at King's College London part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive, stimulating and professional environment to achieve your full potential.

    Cons

    The provision of funding is not good enough to guarantee continuity on the job.


  2. "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Private Patient Coordinator in London, England
    Current Employee - Private Patient Coordinator in London, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    team culture is very good

    Cons

    Little room for progress
    Bad politics
    little benefit

  3. "PhD student, funded with a UKRC studentship"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious University, in an academically vibrant city.
    The cost of London is very high.
    But as there are a lot of important Universities in London, there is the opportunity to interact with a lot of researchers.
    My UKRC studentship provided me enough to get by with my living expenses.

    Cons

    The cost of London is very high, and even with a UKRC studentship it is difficult to find an affordable accomodation (a small studio flat is just out of reach for example).
    King's College London can be a very dispersive and bureaucraic university. Funding can finish before the actual PhD degree does (writing-up period). Also, the university seems to be putting all PhD in a hot desking arrangment, separating PhDs from the rest of the research community.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure better pay to PhD student, especially in their writing up period.
    Make student halls more affordable (housing for students is very disadvantageous in London).
    Life on campus is also quite expensive (the use of the canteen is often a luxury).
    Integrate PhDs in the wider research community, as they do a lot of teaching.


  4. "Good, new department"

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    Current Employee - Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Student in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good facilities, they provide with everything that you need (computers, even offices supplies, printing is free)

    Cons

    Not really a community feel, researchers and PhDs are not in contact most of the time.


  5. "Very professional atmosphere, friendly colleagues and clients."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Very passionate about continuous professional development of their staff. Team cohesiveness across departments as well as within sections of each directorate

    Cons

    I did not observe any particular issues with regards to my employment and over the six years I was there

    Advice to Management

    None in particular. This is an institution that is very keen on continuous improvement and delivering quality services


  6. "King’s"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    it paid. No training and no development. No sick pay (need to make up hours when sick). Unfair distribution of Work. Lax of smart working.

    Cons

    People unwilling to take response for their actions and when matters like this does get flagged up, no action is taken to improve the situation. In other words, the poor work ethics of colleagues and a lack of interest in working to provide a good customer service to students/other staff members. It’s unfortunate that senior managements are too....wimpy to do anything about it. If this was another company, poor work ethics get flagged in performance reviews and actions to rectify situations are taken immediately.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your action and apologise when you have done wrong Ann’s don’t beat around the bush please. Be humble, have integrity and do a good job.


  7. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at King's College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time at King's. Mostly very nice colleagues and a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    As at any university, there are always some self important academics who look down on administrators, but the percentage was small and most people were lovely.

  8. "I worked here for two years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Good campus facilities at guy's campus, strong reputation internationally

    Cons

    Often poor retention, very funding driven but this is the case of many educational institutions


  9. "Employees are not valued"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    The people, the offices, lots of buildings to work at

    Cons

    Complete lack of progression. Don't feel valued. Poor morale.


  10. "Great place to work as researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative and friendly environment in the heart of London.

    Cons

    Admin here is not great, can take ages for changes or requests to be implemented.


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