I have been working at King's College London full-time (More than 5 years)
Top level research
Good support for senior academics
Good locations in central London
Good links with hospitals to enable clinical research
Administration and HR are disastrous
Lack of support for post-docs or junior academics
Bad on gender equality...although improving
Salary is poor for the high expectations from Senior academics
Stability of jobs is doubtful, after rounds of redundancies
Criteria of performance have become entirely metric based
I have been working at King's College London full-time (More than 3 years)
Intelligent committed academics, good patient access, friendly atmosphere. Some campuses are well located, others less so. Good food options for staff.
Appalling senior management, perennial threat of redundancy, hugely bloated and interfering management that seems to get bigger every day. Management does not trust staff and so imposes huge top-down bureaucracy. Procedures are inefficient and leadership weak. Promotion is non-existent unless you have a huge amount of grants.
Advice to Management
Remove the onerous, never-ending procedures, policies and forms. Trust staff to do their job well and provide job security for once. People leave because they feel they won't be promoted, this needs addressing.
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