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University College London Postdoctoral Research Associate Reviews

Updated 5 June 2018
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  1. "full-time post doc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, surrounded by great minds and good science

    Cons

    Can't think of any downside of working there

    University College London Response

    1 Jun 2018 – Communications and Engagement Manager

    Hello, thank you for your feedback – we’re delighted you enjoyed your time at UCL. We’re really proud of UCL’s ability to attract the brightest minds and be at the cutting edge of research.


  2. "Interesting work, but difficult career progression"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work on diverse topics

    Cons

    Academic career advice varies a lot, depending on manager. Little possibility of career progression within UCL.

    University College London Response

    29 Jun 2018 – Communications and Engagement Manager

    Hello, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. It’s great to hear that you’re finding the work interesting and diverse!

    UCL is committed to supporting career development and last... More

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of interactions with different research groups
    Great support for research grant proposals

    Cons

    Work buildings are old and often cold in the winter

    University College London Response

    1 May 2018 – UCL Human Resources

    Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave such a positive review. It's great to read that your research is well-supported. The UCL estate includes many historic buildings, however our Transforming... More


  4. "Lifestyle and work style"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - International university
    - Great community
    - Good networking in between different departments
    - Equipped with latest instruments

    Cons

    - Building sometimes very old


  5. "Fantastic place for growth in central London"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been working as a research associate for just over a year and have loved my time at UCL. The access I have has a biomedical researcher to the many world class hospitals as well as research facilities is remarkable. I get to work with people from all around the world and is an incredibly intellectually stimulating environment. My colleagues are hardworking professionals and the bosses are very approachable and supportive. I also get the perks of being in central London.

    Cons

    The UCL admin can be quite slow at times so you may need to consistently nag them to push things to go through. As the university is scattered a bit throughout a major city, your division/department may feel like a small part of a big machine - though to be fair, the different UCL campuses are well situated and possibly more united geographically than other big city universities.

    Advice to Management

    If you could invest in more efficient workflow through the admin team, the rest of the staff would be very grateful. Thanks.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "research associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Respected big university. Will look great on your CV, dependent on your research achievements. World leading scientists and friendly relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Overcrowded facilities. HR, pension team and other admin stuff are not responsive and also not very supportive, instead of helping you out with issues they create issues.


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    "Much better reputation than in reality"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UCL is in the middle of the city. It is a big university with many great research groups. There are great courses available for UCL staff concerning career development etc.

    Cons

    It is hard to get to know other people outside from your research group. The hygiene is bad: it's dirty in the offices, the toilets are most of the time blocked and there are mice everywhere. the hy

    Advice to Management

    More care about research staff, and especially about the working conditions.

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    "PostDoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Central location, easy transport linkd

    Cons

    No real benefits whatsoever other than train ticket loan


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Impressive range of faculty with eagerness and ability to collaborate. Good frills, for a university (catered meetings, free coffee/tea, good equipment/computers available). Students are knowledgeable. Research money seems to flow more than other universities in the UK.

    Cons

    Support staff tend to be slow on their feet, although average for a UK university. Room is at a premium, and many postdoctoral researchers and even lecturers are asked to share offices.

    Advice to Management

    More space for human testing :)


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Post doc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating work environment , and colleagues at work were friendly. In charge of your day, at least in the lab I worked - not always the case

    Cons

    Inequality still present at the higher positions, less women making it to top positions in comparison to men, with a lot more women at lower levels