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London Business School Reviews

Updated 6 January 2019
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Pros
  • "People, work life balance and L&D opportunities" (in 7 reviews)

  • "If you like the intellectual side of business then this is a great place to be" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management is completely out of touch with the needs of staff" (in 7 reviews)

  • "High staff turnover, your success depends on how much the senior staff like you, not how hard you work or how efficient you are" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "one of the best"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - County (Optional) in London, England
    Current Employee - County (Optional) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at London Business School part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse learning environment, world class teaching resource and strong community

    Cons

    career service is too standard


  2. "Recruitment and Admissions Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at London Business School full-time

    Pros

    great atmosphere, students and global mindset
    excellent profiles of students, alumni and the academic community
    diverse staff contributing to the community
    excellent school reputation, professional environment; I really enjoyed working there, the community is really something quite unique

    Cons

    salaries are on average 15-25% lower than in other organisations in business education/higher education (comparative posts); this contributes to staff turnover as people do not feel appreciated in financial terms; another minus is that opportunities for progression/promotion are quite limited (few posts, strong internal competition, relationships often more important than competencies

    Advice to Management

    pay people more to retain talent - people want to stay butt this is London and we've got bills and mortgages to pay

  3. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at London Business School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities to get involved in student life as a staff member
    - Diverse
    - Well known institution
    - Quite a good work-life balance

    Cons

    - Pay is extremely low
    - Limited progression
    - Constant turnover
    - Senior management is completely out of touch with the needs of staff. You will find people complaining constantly about their working situation, which can be demotivating.
    - Some employees expected to work 60+ hours a week with limited support


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to gain some experience at early career stages"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at London Business School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility, easy going working environment

    Cons

    no real opportunities for career growth; high valued employees are not retained; salaries are not competitive, politics and favoritism; employees leave managers not companies

    Advice to Management

    pay more and give real opportunities for growth to employees based on merit


  5. "Great"

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

    I have been working at London Business School full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative, network, excellent faculties, excellent environment

    Cons

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at London Business School part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location
    Work/life balance
    Multicultural
    Holiday package
    Facilities
    Support staff outstanding

    Cons

    Pay - Way lower than the market despite senior management trying to convince us otherwise. An assistant is a grade 2 which is truly not representative of the work and skill. Title is misleading to the type of work done specially in Subject areas where faculty don't value the role and misuse it. LBS has to decide if this is an admin role or a personal assistant role (which are different profiles), then redefine the job spec, the grade and the pay.
    Middle Management - More precisely in subject areas: Not always fully supportive of their team specially if they have been there a long time. They feed the highly hierarchical culture, they let faculty get away with a lot of unacceptable things. They don't support increasing the value and recognition of the role. The only way to resolution is out hence the high turnover rate. It's a shame as there's a potential for a healthier and more progressive culture.
    L&D has improved but if you are grade 2, well you can't access a lot of things or argue for a particular learning interest. Another shame.

    Advice to Management

    Really connect with your team. Value them. Support them. Remember they all come with a wide range of useful skills that can be showcased. They are the ones working in the background, building the web and oiling the wheels.


  7. "Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at London Business School full-time

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    It’s a international school but not international working environment

  8. "Exciting research topics and environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at London Business School part-time

    Pros

    Exciting environment and highly knowledgeable colleagues

    Cons

    Salary for temporary employed quite modest


  9. "Great Organisation"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at London Business School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really supportive environment, lots of opportunity for development and growth, great benefits holiday and gym etc

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, some of the academics are very out of touch with the real world, little to no opportunity to progress where I was in Exec Ed

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to bloom and flurish. Make sure that equality is preached as value


  10. "Good Company, Bad Pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at London Business School full-time

    Pros

    LBS has a Friendly work environment

    Cons

    Bad Pay for staff, Faculty are overpaid and the staff are very underpaid