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University College London Research Associate Reviews

Updated 16 October 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "Excellent"

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, surrounded by fantastic colleagues at the top of their game, the place is buzzing.

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of any right now.


  3. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people! flexible working hours. Helpful friendly staff.

    Cons

    Central London pollution can make it less desirable


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  5. "Research Associate"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in London, England
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in London, England

    I worked at University College London as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the most prestigious UK universities

    Cons

    Short-term contracts, renewal independent from performances


  6. "Nice ambience"

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

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

    Pros

    UCL is very committed on equal and diversity, the ambience is really nice.

    Cons

    It is really hard to obtain a permanent position as a researcher


  7. "Comfortable to work for but becoming too Political"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for training courses

    Cons

    More so at senior management the atmosphere has become too political over the last 5 years. Losing focus on its academic strengths.


  8. "Great Science in a bureaucratic monster"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    The science is great. The vibe is that of a truely world leading university and the size of it means you can find collaborators and experts for pretty much anything. The central London location is also fantastic.

    Cons

    Because UCL is so large, there is a lot of bureaucracy and hoop jumping that I haven't experienced at other universities. It also has a feel of being managed top down with scientists being increasingly forced to fit a certain mould.


  9. "research associate"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    flexibility, independent, multicultural, inspirational,professional

    Cons

    salary, career development, opportunities,future perspectives, stability


  10. "Research Associate at UCL"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and annual leave (plus several college closure days throughout the year). Commitment to diversity, improving mental health, and making steps towards reducing academic bullying. Very good redundancy payments.

    Cons

    Hierarchical framework of academia still persists and sometimes management aren't forthcoming with promotions (they have to be pushed). Stressful when funding is infrequent. Difficult to find non-lab roles as experience becomes very specialized.

    Advice to Management

    Take steps to ensure funding is maintained (don't put all your eggs into one basket!)


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    "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.