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King's College London Reviews

Updated 18 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Good facilities, great location to work in" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Mostly very nice colleagues and a good work-life balance" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "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. "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.


  2. "Similar to other universties"

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

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

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, good careers service and professional development courses available

    Cons

    Sometimes too bureaucratic (probably the same in all universities though)

  3. "Working"

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

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

    Pros

    Really good career and development opportunities

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worst experience of my working life to date"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Despite the negatives below, I do take pride in working for King's - its reputation is very good.

    Cons

    I find the overall culture to be really rather toxic. I think it's culturally a very mixed bag here, though, because of the degree of fragmentation between different areas of the university. This means you really don't know what you will get. Accounts from other employees suggest a brilliant working environment in some areas. Where I am, this is simply not the case. Progress and recognition are not a consideration, it's a thankless job and I wonder why I bother.

    Years of underinvestment and sitting on the laurels of a good reputation now mean that an immense degree of change is happening all at the same time, and I do not have any confidence that it will be effectively managed.

    If this institution makes it through the turbulent times we are in due to Brexit, political forces, socioeconomic dynamics and the like, it will be more by luck than judgment.

    There is a distinct air of arrogance at the senior management level. It seems like they consider that the rules do not apply to them. They do not hold management accountable for their actions, and management do not, essentially, manage.

    Advice to Management

    Culture, culture, culture. There needs to be a serious shift in cultural values. Accountability needs to be top priority. Stop letting senior people get away with flouting or disregarding what is expected of them. Look at people's attitudes first and foremost - don't just look at the measurable performance indicators. Realise that the fish swims from the tail. The people at the coal face keep this place going. Lead by example.


  5. "A mixed bag"

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

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Fabulous staff and colleagues, amazing location (strand campus), friendly culture

    Cons

    Processes were overly complicated and lacked sense and logic, and departments were underesourced, I was incredibly stretched in my role and using systems that were out of date/very slow. Facilities were lacking in some areas.


  6. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    A Great place to work

    Cons

    In a busy part of London


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good progression opportunities, great personal and career development, good work-life balance, nice colleagues

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  8. "Avoid Working Anywhere In IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Struggling to find any pros

    Cons

    any graduate or IT professional wanting to join IT avoid it like the plague ! a Toxic, bullying culture which is ignored by senior management, as half the time its them doing it ! hated my time in IT !

    Advice to Management

    senior management and heads of team are the problem ! HR needs to go in ask why are people leaving ? why is there a high turnover of staff ...there is lack in confidence in HR that if they go to them it won't be in confidence.

    incompetent senior managers with no clue how to manage staff ! either address it or more will leave but i think they don't care


  9. "Great experience helpful team"

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    Former Employee - Medical Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Medical Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good professional and personal training opportunities

    Organised place of work

    Good co-workers and team experience

    Cons

    quick progression in the short term difficult

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employee progression and notify employees of future opportunities for higher paying positions


  10. "KCL Postdoc"

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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

    Lots of research opportunities, access to talks, etc.

    Cons

    Long hours, low compensation, pay gap. Terrible office space.


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