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The Institute of Cancer Research CEO Paul Workman
Paul Workman
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Pros
  • "good place to learn and be associated with cutting-edge science and research, good work environment(in 5 reviews)

  • "Plenty of money to do research and good salary compared to other PhD positions in the UK(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Busy cancer research clinical trials unit; good experience to see development of novel cancer drugs and patient benefit."

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    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sutton, London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong independent cancer research focus with clear values (untainted from industry financial incentives), good work-life balance, great team mentality, communication of weekly news across all areas of research via email/intranet, clear support and training opportunities for employees, performance is rewarded with commitment to promotion from within.

    Cons

    Benefits typically seen in clinical trials companies (pharmaceuticals/CROs) not as great, high turnover in certain positions on an annual basis can leave areas short-staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Better interaction and understanding of separate departments’ work would be good, not just in upper-management positions.

    The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-05
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    "Great facilities, be careful who you work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    The facilities on offer are amazing and the pay is excellent

    Cons

    Can be let down by poor management and big egos

    The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-25
  3. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant 
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    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, remuneration, support, learning and development.

    Cons

    From engineering point of view, there is not much to progress

    The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-17
  4. Helpful (1)

    "If you're thinking of doing a PhD here, be warned"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    There are some good research teams with excellent leadership

    Cons

    1. Beware of the team leaders who haven't managed to retain anyone who has worked with them in academia. This should be a massive warning sign when considering joining a lab anywhere 2. Unlike most universities, the ICR does not have a policy of a supervisory panel where a primary supervisor's advice and decisions regarding their student's work is checked regularly by another, more senior researcher with a good track...

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    Advice to Management

    Read the reviews people leave about their line managers in the exit questionnaire, and act on them if you really want to avoid further negative press about the bullying culture at the ICR.

    The Institute of Cancer Research2019-01-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Well paid... that is it!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Officer in Sutton, East Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good salary and great benefit (considering that you are not requested to do any job); decent facilities, sound reputation (as an heritage from the past, where perhaps ICR was actually good) that will improve visibility of your CV.

    Cons

    Extremely slow pace of work to the point of being very boring. The research approach is quite obsolete, clearly lagging behind the private sector. Team leaders are often clueless and arrogant. Yelling and non-professional behavior is common, as it is in all academic environments (so not surprising). No possibility for career growth, apart for Team leaders (as usual in all academic environments). I guess that the ICR...

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    Advice to Management

    Recruit better team leaders and engage more all employees in Institute-wide projects/ interactions. Challenge the people with clear INSTITUTE-focus objectives. Start from recruitment, which has to be division/department-led and not just decided by a team leader/professor. In other words make all employees feel part of the Institute/Department/Division, not just part of a small team led by a team leader/professor (who...

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    The Institute of Cancer Research2018-12-12
  6. "Clinical Data Manager"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Sutton, London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant organisation with fantastic values and history in cancer research. Currently undergoing a world-leading London Cancer Hub development at the Sutton site. Now has a very good stance on bullying and harassment following recent press reports on this matter. You feel like you are making a difference.

    Cons

    Certain departments can be isolated from each other (except management of course) due to different sites and multiple buildings on even 1 site.

    Advice to Management

    See cons

    The Institute of Cancer Research2018-11-06
  7. "Postdoc training fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in London, England
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly working environment for researchers.

    Cons

    Lack of funding to carry out work. Lack of mentoring for Postdocs. Very low morale among staff.

    Advice to Management

    Good work must be credited to boost morale.

    The Institute of Cancer Research2018-10-22
  8. "Research quality"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 
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    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the top research institutes

    Cons

    Sutton branch is a bit out of London

    The Institute of Cancer Research2018-09-16
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    Set me up for life couldn't have asked for a better PhD

    Cons

    Experience depends on lab and supervisor

    The Institute of Cancer Research2018-08-13
  10. "Stay away unless you are just starting out as technician"

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

    I have been working at The Institute of Cancer Research full-time

    Pros

    central location and some nice people

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of career progression, bad culture, scientists not valued

    The Institute of Cancer Research2018-09-15
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