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Medical Research Council Reviews

Updated 4 May 2018
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  • "Nice people, good perks including 6 months full pay maternity" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Good opportunity to attend conferences" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Accounts"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company, good atmosphere, lots to learn.

    Cons

    You need to pay for parking!


  2. "Prestigious but doesn't pay or promote"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Gloucestershire, South West England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Gloucestershire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Prestige and the good name looks good on your CV

    Cons

    MRC salaries are very low compared to other research organisations such as Universities. The MRC hardly promotes you and once you start it is hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Prestige does not put food on the table

  3. "PostDoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The MRC allows us to be trained and support with cores grants our research.

    Cons

    The salary level is not competitive.


  4. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young and kind workforce. Socially a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Frustrating lack of cohesion between different trial teams. People trying to solve the same problems over and over again.


  5. "Don't waste your talent"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Scientist in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some wonderful people doing excellent work under the circumstances

    Cons

    Where to start? I wish I could give this place no stars.

    I used to be so proud of working here, but the atmosphere has ironically become toxic. Bullying and other forms of controlling behaviour is endemic and from the very top down. Most people are too frightened to speak up, and when they do, their complaints are ignored by HR. Management lack humanity and professionalism. Morale is non-existent.

    The unit will be relocating in a move that will not benefit the UK's toxicological research at all, but will actually damage it because >90% of employees don't want to go and so will lose their jobs. What was once an effective team is being split up. We have been told that the move is necessary to foster national and international collaborations, although there have been no problems forging links in the past.

    The best group leaders have already left or are in the process of quitting.

    The pay at the MRC (which is set by the government) is insulting. Your local university probably pays peanuts, but it's likely better than here, and I advise anyone tempted to apply here to check this very carefully. Bear in mind also that as a "career development fellow" (aka postdoc), you won't be allowed to submit any grants, only PIs can. This is a vital skill you'll need when you get tenure.

    The unit was the spearhead of British toxicological research, and that science is becoming an international laughing stock because of the unit's mismanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at yourselves, and then quit for the greater good


  6. "Good place to work but no career prospects"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Didcot, England
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Didcot, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly place to work - very social environment
    Great holiday
    Chance to work with lots of different technologies

    Cons

    Few chances for career progression and training
    Very big workload - impacts on personal life

    Advice to Management

    Salaries need review to bring up to par with industry
    Invest more in training


  7. "Some good opportunities but frustrating pay and progression"

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    Current Employee - Investigator Scientist in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Investigator Scientist in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Skills development support, research funding

    Cons

    Pay, career progression, work culture

  8. "PhD student"

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

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Very good funding and projects, very talented scientists and good environment.

    Cons

    Not much I can think of really, low salary perhaps, definitely lower than similar roles in Welcome Trust institutes, not to mention the Max Planck institutes.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary so give more incentive to attract more talented people.


  9. "PhD student"

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

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    Very good research, surrounded by excellent people. There is little boundary between groups, the culture is very friendly.

    Cons

    Politics at higher levels, low salary


  10. "PhD Researcher"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Nottingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid to do a PhD
    Good opportunity to attend conferences
    assess to equipment and funding is good
    Good links to the university

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tricky
    Supervisors - if you have good ones it's much easier, if you have bad ones you will finish late.


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