King's College London Reviews

Updated 16 May 2021

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King's College London President  PROFESSOR EDWARD BYRNE AC
PROFESSOR EDWARD BYRNE AC
200 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible working hours and freedom in experimentation(in 41 reviews)

  • "Flexible and supportive working environment with good colleagues(in 35 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management seem entirely focused on money rather than education or research(in 20 reviews)

  • "apart from annual incremental salary increases, there is no clear path for career progression/promotion(in 19 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Thriving research environment

      15 May 2021 - Research Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
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      Pros

      Strong scientific institution. Great campus location. Good opportunities for collaboration

      Cons

      Lack of long term contracts for most staff

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      As universities go, KCL is a good employer overall in my experience

      7 Apr 2021 - Senior Research Fellow in London, England, England
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      Pros

      It is brilliant to be part of a world leading research community. I'm very interested in the work that I do and I believe it has value for society more broadly. The people I work with are great. I believe KCL overall is a good employer and has been supportive to employees during the COVID crisis.

      Cons

      I think that your experience of working here depends very much on your department and team. As this is such a huge institution, experiences can vary greatly. The general 'cons' of working in academia and in a large institution apply here too. Due to the size of the organisation and hierarchical structure, processes are very slow and cumbersome. It is often difficult to find the information you need as an employee due to the structure of the information online and the number of people that work here with different responsibilities that are not always immediately clear. I have heard that the working culture in some departments in terms of long hours and presenteeism is a problem, luckily this does not apply to me personally. Like most universities, there is a big problem with diversity and inclusion particularly in terms of the representation of women, ethnic minorities and LGBTQ people in senior roles, but I believe KCL is committed to addressing this.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Infectious diseases student

      14 May 2021 - PhD Student in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Surrounded by fantastically smart people Flexible work hours Really interesting projects happening

      Cons

      None I can think of

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great to work for

      14 May 2021 - Office Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Flexible working hours and considerate employer

      Cons

      Lack of promotion and low salary

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee

      High expectations, slow HR

      16 May 2021 - Senior Press Officer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Good pay and location, interesting colleagues

      Cons

      Little support when senior managers were on leave

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not the best place to build your scientific career

      14 May 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Relaxed atmosphere, no pressure, slow pace

      Cons

      No funding, problems with building maintanence, low salaries

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      great university

      3 May 2021 - Researcher 
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      Pros

      flexible working hours and great culture

      Cons

      academic career opprtunities somewhat limited

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Amazing place to work

      30 Apr 2021 - PhD Researcher in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Very flexible environment, great opportunities for learning and at the heart of London

      Cons

      Experience was great, so none

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      1 May 2021 - Student Ambassador in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Easy around student's timetable and schedule

      Cons

      No particular cons faced during the job

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      OK

      6 May 2021 - Admissions Officer 
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      Pros

      - manageable caseload (so very good home-life balance) - able to interact with both UK and international students - good salary for a graduate

      Cons

      - not a stimulating role - students and parents can be quite rude - lack of opportunities for progression - lack of coordination between teams

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