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King's College London Reviews

Updated 14 December 2017
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  • With regard to yearly professional development review, the goal posts are not always clearly communicatied by senior management (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great place to develop core skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Supportive environment to develop key skills

    Cons

    Finance department is slow!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly team, old fashioned department heads (mainly male) felt like an old boys club"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with people who care about making changes. Flexible.

    Cons

    Old fashioned academic environment. I worked in the IoPPN but a lot of my colleagues were, ironically, forced to take time off work with stress or had very little support from management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women at a higher level and take an interest in your team. Often felt like we were disposable


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good and respected by your managers. Very good annual leave allowance and opportunities to take professional development courses and training. Friendly and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Very difficult to progress, and no reward system based on merit. Salaries are low compared to the sector. Staff can feel overworked in their roles due to high staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management would be to create more opportunities for staff to progress, and reward staff for good work to keep morale high. Allocate resources more appropriately to ensure staff feel supported and are not over worked.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awful place to work due to bad culture and values"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The reputation for your CV can sound impressive and help with future career prospects.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. They do not care about their employees, act as if they do by making their professional staff fill out surveys every week about how they find their work, and what they can do to improve your day to day work. However, they will not act on feedback to help you when an issue arises so its very deceptive. The Marketing team, as JCMB is awful. There is a particular type of people who work here. The culture is far from friendly, it is extremely corporate and social people will find it tedious to work in this environment, particularly if you are fairly young.

    Advice to Management

    Try and be a little more fair, reasonable and stop acting so prestige. This attitude will only bring your department reputation down. Directed in particular to the central marketing team at JCMB. I would never recommend working here, as you do not live up to the respectable King's College London brand.


  6. "Salary"

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    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.


  7. "Research Associate/Fellow at KCL"

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    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


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

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    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.


  9. "update on previous"

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    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


  10. "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.


  11. "Tutor"

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    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


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