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King's College London Reviews

Updated 18 October 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, regular peer supervision, training and skills development opportunities offered (in 12 reviews)

  • Good facilities, great location to work in (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • With regard to yearly professional development review, the goal posts are not always clearly communicatied by senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • Postdoc factory - no interest in your career progression (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Salary"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The University has a great reputation and the pay is good. Staff are also very friendly.

    Cons

    Lots of deadlines and a high pressure environment. Some departments are not near the tube.


  2. "Research Associate/Fellow at KCL"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    institute is prestigious and I had a great experience in the lab. Offers also great opportunities to collaborate between labs. Great co workers.

    Cons

    Despite the great professional experience, but in general there is no/little opportunity for growth or advancement


  3. "Challenging environment, watch out for vendetta managers!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Tough, and intellectually challenging work. Surrounded by amazing academic research. Great location. Sound future strategy. Good pay. Usual benefits (season ticket loan, cycle to work etc.)

    Cons

    Professional Servies treated as 'second class', academics are gods. Senior managers avoid supporting you, especially when it means they have to take risks. The more senior members of staff have plenty of opportunities to develop, if you are lower down the food chain it is not possible.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure better cohesion by not only allowing senior members to have access to all the benefits (courses, flexible working, research time etc.) but everyone the oppurtunity to develop and succeed.


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  5. "update on previous"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England
    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A high-ranking university for students over a number of campuses.

    Cons

    For 'staff' such as myself over several years, 'things' tend to 'deteriorate' over time, rather than improve. I had witnessed several colleagues rather badly 'manoeuvred out', only to have the same thing happen to myself - where I apparently became 'over-qualified' and 'too expensive' after 9 years.
    Basically experience and skills do not necessarily ensure job security.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and make use of those with experience and take advice - to use a quote: Thousands of hours of finely-honed skill-sets can never be replaced by any amount of youthful enthusiasm


  6. "Good perks, unfair promotions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of holiday, really good maternity pay, 9-5 but flexible

    Cons

    Recruitment is unfair for admin who have to interview to progress. Other people are given pay grade jumps and role changes without interview

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the same and value admin team more.


  7. "Tutor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postgraduate
    Current Employee - Postgraduate

    I have been working at King's College London (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with some experts in the field

    Flexible working hours

    Good Support System

    Cons

    Less salary

    Office environment is not great

    Poor staff relation and less scope to grow


  8. "Working at King's"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to top equipment
    Plenty of training oportunities

    Cons

    Have to travel to different campuses within the city for different equipments


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Over managed by incompetents"

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    Current Employee - Professor in London, England
    Current Employee - Professor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A strong academic base with experts in many fields and world-leaders in some. Teaching and research are treated as equally important.

    Cons

    Led by an obscenely overpaid clown, this once academically first-rate university is being suffocated by tier upon tier of administrators, the numbers of which will soon surpass those of the academic staff, and whose dictats are dumped on the revenue-earning members of the College in ever-increasing blizzards. A spectacularly absurd and wasteful managerial exercise was the recent attempt to 'rebrand' the College as 'King's London'. Worse, this was followed by brazen case of mismanagement - a directive to sack large numbers of teaching and research staff on the basis of spurious and inappropriate 'performance metrics', while hiring even more managers - including PR wonks to spin the exercise. The mis-administrators of KCL have either lost sight of what a university is for, or never knew in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    Expecting turkeys to vote for Christmas is futile. But please consider, if for no reason other than financial, that you should prioritise the hiring and sustenance of the academic staff - they are the University and they are the revenue earners.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    One of the most famous colleges of London, which covers many areas of research and knowledge.

    Cons

    Some campuses are far from being interactive and dynamics.


  11. "PhD Research"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pleasant atmosphere and small campus setting at Guy's
    Excellent reputation worldwide
    Collaboration opportunities with other world-leading institutions

    Cons

    poor renumeration in terms of stipend
    limited commercial opportunities for students that wish to become more commercially aware


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