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University College London Employee Reviews about "academia"

Updated 18 Jan 2020

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University College London Provost and President Michael Arthur
Michael Arthur
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  • "not much interaction with rest of UCL departments(in 38 reviews)

  • "Open Access isn't for everyone, making it harder for people outside academia to be published(in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Supportive environment, innovative publishing practice"

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    Current Employee - Print Production Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    World's leading Open Access university press. Good editorial quality control. Good production systems and standards.

    Cons

    Open Access isn't for everyone, making it harder for people outside academia to be published.

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    University College London2020-01-18
  2. "Good work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Good location, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Practically no benefits but this reflects careers in science and academia in general.

    University College London2019-07-04
  3. "Interesting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Coordinator in London, England

    I worked at University College London full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits for public sector and lots of lectures to attend

    Cons

    Like most academia and public sector departments you're are often under resourced.

    University College London2019-03-22
  4. "Enjoyable experience however have left academia"

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    PhD Student in Rickmansworth, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London

    Pros

    Great people and great location

    Cons

    Noise pollution and didn't like academia

    University College London2019-03-11
  5. "Post-doc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at University College London full-time

    Pros

    World renown institutions. Easy to make higher profile connections.

    Cons

    Like all other careers in academia, your experience is highly dependent on your supervisor or PI. It's a double edged sword.

    University College London2019-02-18
  6. "Great University to work for"

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

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    + Good name to have on your CV + Many opportunities to growth and develop skills beside your daily work + Very big institute so it can be different depending on where you work, but generally you'll been working with very nice and smart people

    Cons

    - As all junior roles in academia, salary is not great, even though better than other institution around the world - Sometimes can be difficult to find the right support or help because its a huge university

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    University College London2018-09-08
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    "Salaries not kept up with the market"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working Working from home Freedom to choose your own projects

    Cons

    -If you are are in a STEM/business discipline the salary is too low compared to likeminded universities (Imperial october 2018 is boosting all academic salaries up to keep up with the competition). Likewise our grads salaries are likely to be at least 30% more than the salary of a lecturer. -Proffessional services staff are incompetent. Three weeks to get a a 1 manned costing model is a joke. There is no control over their workload so do as they please. -In general academia suffers from good resource management thus academics struggle with their time management.

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    University College London2018-08-09
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    "Academia as a career path"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Good university, smart people, flexible hours, for someone who loves research, you do what you like to do

    Cons

    Low salary. Almost no promotion! Think twice before starting a career in academia, it's not a career path.

    University College London2017-10-29
  9. "Good environment for Neuroscience"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good environment for neuroscience at the institute of neurology

    Cons

    The cons that come to mind are not specific to UCL but more general for academia

    University College London2017-09-15
  10. "Technician"

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    Technician in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at University College London for less than a year

    Pros

    vibrant atmosphere, interesting people, amazing location

    Cons

    poor management, no progression outside of academia

    University College London2017-09-14
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