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King's College London President  PROFESSOR EDWARD BYRNE AC
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  1. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in London, England

    I worked at King's College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance, friendly environment between colleagues

    Cons

    Lots of politics, management team is not transparent at times of change, no great career progression opportunities

    King's College London2020-01-09
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Officer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Location of campuses are easy to get to 2. Due to high turnover and constant temp staff you get to know some lovely people 3. If you work for a niche specialist research centre tucked away within one of the smaller campuses or a really dedicated old-school Professor or Department Manager than it can be great 4. Apart from a few Open Evenings or during busy times around examinations I usually finished work at 5pm

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    Cons

    1. Very poor career progression - King's operates on a 'time served' versus performance progression. Thus you are more likely to stay or progress if you have been in the Department longer regardless if you are actually good at your job or not 2. Incredibly slow - King's is too big and too haphazard with their approach to communication across the various Faculties, Schools and Campuses 3. Your line manager might not even work in the same campus or department as you 4. The job is over-sold including development opportunities. Training is often in the form of an online video or is only offered once a year with only 30 places available to thousands of staff. 5. Highly toxic environment with rapid turnover. Some Departments are worse than others 6. I had a permenant contract but I found that the temps worked harder and took their job more seriously than most of the other permanent staff members who did the bare minimum required. 7. They don't value any sort of initiative or meaningful change 8. Admin Assistants and Course Administrators are treated like second class citizens. The way that some of the senior academics spoke to their admin staff was shocking. If an academic fails to turn up on time for a lecture or is 4 weeks late returning grade marks or has an unsuccessful research grant bid - somehow the admin staff will be scapegoated.

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    Advice to Management

    1. Talent management needs to be applied across the School not just for those who are grade 7 and above 2. Systems need to be streamlined and consistent across all campuses 3. There is a huge problem with the duplication of tasks including the spreading of some jobs amongst many people that can easily be done by a few.

    King's College London2019-05-09
  3. "Dr Immuno Oncology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Training Research Funding and Resources Available Innovation Entrepreneurship

    Cons

    Competitive environment Slow career progression

    King's College London2019-04-20
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Professional Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension Friendly people World class university Good reputation Respectful

    Cons

    Inefficient processes Lack of leadership No career progression Too many changes happening at the same time Silo working

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff otherwise staff turn over will become worse.

    King's College London2019-04-01
  5. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good location, great brand, some amazing colleagues

    Cons

    Incredibly political, quite toxic environment and not good on career progression or working environment for professional staff

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking about creating a genuine sense of community. More of 'we' and less of 'them'.

    King's College London2019-02-17
  6. "Abysmal"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - World class institution - Get to work with some of the finest academics in the world - Great learning experience

    Cons

    - Pay is awful, not enough to live on. - Disconnect between senior management, HR and staff - Rebecca Prue - No career progression, no bonus, no overtime. - HR will raise a hundred grievances against a staff member with no consequences

    Advice to Management

    Look at the reasons for high staff turnover

    King's College London2019-02-01
  7. "Excellent role for early career reserachers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    As an a assistant to a senior professor I learned a lot, job is varied, with extensive training. Very good opportunity to start and establish a career in research. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Without a PhD, there is no career progression. RA jobs are on a fixed term contracts and depend on grants, so the uncertainty is extremely frustrating

    King's College London2018-11-12
  8. "Solid Professional Services Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly regular hours (although there are some roles which require some out of hours work) Given responsibility very quickly A professional atmosphere. Extra pay for occasional weekend overtime (during enrollment)

    Cons

    Relatively low pay based on the responsibilities Lack of meaningful training Slow career progression Can be quite boring Not really a sense of camaraderie. Everyone does their own thing.

    Advice to Management

    Trickle down the ethos of letting staff members down to middle management as they sometimes prefer their uninterrupted fiefdoms

    King's College London2016-09-28
  9. Helpful (1)

    "So much Bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Prestigious University with great researchers

    Cons

    Postdoc factory - no interest in your career progression

    King's College London2016-04-01
  10. "post-doc"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London

    Pros

    work alongside world leading academics, flexible working hours, friendly environment

    Cons

    no career progression, terrible HR department

    King's College London2015-10-25
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