University College London Employee Reviews about "career progression"

Updated 22 Oct 2020

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University College London Provost and President Michael Arthur
Michael Arthur
276 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible working hours dependent upon manager(in 63 reviews)

  • "UCL provides reasonable payment to Student(in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • "not much interaction with rest of UCL departments(in 51 reviews)

  • "Competition among peers, very narrow and steep career progression path (i(in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative 
    Recommends

    I worked at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Really friendly and supportive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not brilliant career progression within departments.

  2. "Decent place to work temporarily"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University College London for less than a year

    Pros

    * Flexibly working * Good pay * Generous holiday allowance * Nice location

    Cons

    * Internal processes/ communication between faculties very slow and inefficient * Very outdated IT systems * Not much room for career progression within the administrative field


  3. "PhD Researcher"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Representative in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - University in central London location

    Cons

    - No encouragement for career progression, poor wage for PhD student

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Apparently one of the best in London"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good location, interesting work across departments

    Cons

    Don’t value postdocs and career progression poor, even having brought in independent funding. Don’t collaborate /work across similar departments, despite shared interests.

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  5. "Research, Professional Services and Support Teams"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, amazing Academic and Professional colleagues from all walks of life. Flexible hours, a joy and great place to work with support and ample opportunities to learn on the jobs and with training, The University is going through a modernization in IT, Infrastructure and existing facilities improved to enhance the experience of student. There is more study spaces, 24 hour library opening hours, hundreds of computing facilities, several shops on Campus, great food in the Canteen providing breakfast, lunch and dinner. In terms of Student study - Sport facilities, computers, moodle, workshops, additional training and state of the art lecture theaters and rooms, plus hundreds of clubs and societies for leisure.

    Cons

    As with other Universities - the education section is now a fully fledged business and operated like one. Temporary or Contracted staff are employed during transitional operational changes and team restructures - mainly at Management level, and once their objectives or goals are complete - these staff move on back to their agencies to be employed elsewhere. Thing brings uncertainty within teams where work carried out by temporary Contractors is unaccountable and any Management/Administration errors are then handed down the chain when they leave - usually to existing Full Time members of staff to pick up the pieces. There is also clear a culture of 'long time colleagues and friends' promoted to senior positions over those that are better suited through qualifications, skills and experience. If you have demonstrated that you follow the 'UCL Vision' - and do as you are asked, regardless of whether it is morally right or wrong you will be looked after and see career progression. This I believe is the only damning indictment of the UCL Hiring policy where Interview panels are not balanced, not independent where recruitment can be 'fixed'.

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  6. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some world-leading researchers in their fields. Truly global community.

    Cons

    Work-life balance in some research group (especially in Engineering Science) can be very bad, and the career progression heavily depends on the internal politics. The salary for research staff is very low given its Central London location, which makes having family life near impossible unless your partner earns a lot - many promising researchers leave after a few years because of this.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cozy place to retire in"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues and benefits. Lots of resources available if you are working towards a professional qualification

    Cons

    Senior management only cares about themselves. Not a great place if you want career progression.

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    University College London Response

    October 31, 2018Communications and Engagement Manager

    Hello, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We're really pleased you have great colleagues and value the resources available. Ensuring there are clear pathways for how to progress your career is really important and we've recently launched the Academic Careers Framework to help make it clearer for academics the criteria needed at each grade to support applications for promotion. This saw record numbers of staff promoted in the last round. We're also working to put together a similar framework to support staff in professional services roles.

  8. "Interesting work, but difficult career progression"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England

    I have been working at University College London full-time for 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

    June 29, 2018Communications 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 year launched the academic careers framework to ensure that are clear pathways for promotion and support with the process. More information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/policies-advice/academic-career-framework-and-promotions-processes

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid the Library Services department - horrendous"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Library Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there are few ... - Access to a fantastic library collection completely free of charge - Interacting with a large and diverse student population - For the proactive, opportunities to volunteer with the 'Special Collections" team who have access to some amazing artefacts which few people get to see - Central location - the British Museum is just around the corner!

    Cons

    In short, if you can avoid this institution, do; or at least avoid employment within the front-line, customer service teams. The management team is responsible for creating and perpetuating a strong culture of bullying, harassment, and blame passing. This is common, widespread knowledge amongst staff, yet despite this, and innumerable complaints from multiple staff members to those in a position of power and authority (directors), no action is taken to eradicate this unprofessional and harmful behaviour. Consequently, there has been an exodus of excellent, intelligent and qualified people who have sought employment at other HE institutions, leaving behind poor employees who have no place in customer services. Furthermore, the departmental HR team is in complete disarray and you're lucky if you get paid correctly from month to month. I know of several colleagues who have claimed and received large amounts of compensation due to the ineptitude of this team. Further cons include: - an absence of support and motivation from your superior - no career progression opportunities - an absence of basic training to fulfil your role - ironically, it's a non-challenging and non-stimulating environment - an inability to contribute ideas and suggestions - no opportunities are extended and feedback offered freely is dismissed - poor standard of/inadequate staff facilities - dirty environment which attracts pests (the cleaners are fantastic and do the best they can. Unfortunately, their team is perpetually understaffed so they do not have the resources to clean adequately)

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  10. "research associate"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation, High standard Institute

    Cons

    Career progression is difficult

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