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University College London Research Assistant Reviews

Updated 6 May 2017
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  • no options for career progression (in 9 reviews)

  • Expensive to live in or around London and the London allowance isn't anywhere near enough to make up for this (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "good"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good working environment, friendly people

    Cons

    slow progress, slow working


  2. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great exchange of ideas from multiple departments and excellent location.

    Cons

    Costly commute and slightly hard to maintain a work/life balance


  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Central london, average salary, good pension scheme, good work environment, good facilities, flexible work hours

    Cons

    if you have your own grant/funding, none really


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  5. "Was a nice experience there, but definitely do not want to stay for long term."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    way better work life balance compare to companies of course

    Cons

    research groups doing unbelievably similar things and they share a lab.....very very bad and stressful

    Advice to Management

    very inefficient and slow


  6. "Best place to be a research assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Casual Research Assistant in London, England
    Current Contractor - Casual Research Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, best sources of information, updated library, inspirational staff

    Cons

    the payroll system is outdated, access cards too restrictive

    Advice to Management

    perhaps try to empower more the entry-level staff


  7. "Stimulating environment for research"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great research going on, lots of talented scientists and students, good seminar series enabling one to keep track of work in other fields.

    Cons

    Labs feel isolated from each other, often long hours and working at weekends. Things take a very long time to get done

    Advice to Management

    Do more to make individual labs feel part of the same department


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Beware if applying for research assistant..."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only good reason to work here is that you get a good vacation time, and the job is very flexible. you can come in at 10am as long as you finish your job.

    Cons

    I worked in one of their departments so i can only speak about the dept. Coming in as a research assistant, I had to work with a lot of associated which were all PhD holders. Due to that i was always let out in making decisions or even having an opinion. Most of them assumed i didn't know much because i just have a BS degree. I just performed studies blindly without anyone telling me what the study was really about. most of them just concluded I couldn't even do more instead trying me out first. The worst was when i had to take out trash and was all the items everyone had used. I would have just kept my AA degree if i wanted to do that.

    Advice to Management

    You really need to be frank to the applicants about the Job they will be doing. Also they need to assess the applicants skills before placing them in a position.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Research"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is very laid back and there is a lot of flexibility in terms of working hours and work/lifestyle balance

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for career advancement and senior management was less than helpful in terms of career advice and guidance

    Advice to Management

    It would be useful to put more talent management schemes in place to ensure young, talented individuals are interested in working with the brand