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King's College London Reviews

Updated 18 October, 2017
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King's College London President PROFESSOR EDWARD BYRNE AC
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours, regular peer supervision, training and skills development opportunities offered (in 12 reviews)

  • Good facilities, great location to work in (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • With regard to yearly professional development review, the goal posts are not always clearly communicatied by senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • Postdoc factory - no interest in your career progression (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London part-time

    Pros

    It is an extremely good and unique place nestled in the heart of London to study. The staff are very nice and well education and qualified.

    Cons

    Some cons of studying here as that living in London can be quite pricy and there is no campus life as all the college building ante spread out

    Advice to Management

    You are doing great keep up with work. Maybe pay a little more attention to international students and international fee.


  2. "King's Employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King's College London part-time

    Pros

    I did my postgraduate degree at King's and also worked there part-time. I have had an amazing experience working there. The staff is supportive and understanding. Lots of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    No particular downside to be honest.


  3. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great university to make connections

    Cons

    Not alway supportive and a little unorganized


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  5. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King's College London part-time

    Pros

    Very easy to get the job as a student

    Cons

    No cons perceived as it was a ST job


  6. "Working at King's London"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good career prospects; flexible on location of workplace.

    Cons

    Antiquated systems and attitudes. Need to update systems and change the mind set of some of the old timers working there.

    Advice to Management

    Update systems and change mind set of some of those who work on the admin side i.e. HR/IT/Payroll.


  7. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    London bridge campus, nice location, use of student's facilities etc

    Cons

    The laboratories 2nd floor borough wing are outdated, and difficult to work in (temperature problems, no security, obsolence of the facilities)

    Advice to Management

    Renew 3rd floor of the depatment of infectious diseases


  8. "A great place to be at!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere is exciting and friendly. There are plenty of opportunities. There are plenty of engagement activities going on as well.

    Cons

    The campus is a bit short.


  9. "Prestegious University in London"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top university. World class research.

    Cons

    Too much pressure to maintain world top 20 university status


  10. "Internal promotion is tough"

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    Current Employee - Faculty
    Current Employee - Faculty
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at King's College London full-time

    Pros

    Great research and intellectual stimulation; core funding of valuable research resources that allow researchers at an early career stage to undertake large-scale projects.

    Cons

    Job expectations and work-life balance depend on line manager and head of department. Promotion is perceived as difficult as the decision is ultimately made at College level (by people who have never met you) and support of Line Manager/HoD does not appear to count for much - more of a tick-box exercise regarding income for the institution. Teaching can be depressing as focus is moving to income generation and "student experience", rather than academic excellence, but this is a broader problem across universities due to changes in the government funding model.


  11. "Resistance to change, lack of accountability"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like most public sector jobs, particularly at professional services management level, the hours are reasonable for the pay and the pension scheme is pretty decent. Stress levels are low.

    Cons

    There is a real culture of resistance to change and you're often having to do other people's jobs because they either take too long to do them or just don't do them. Also, I'm not sure I've ever worked somewhere where employees and their bosses will ignore emails and phone calls indefinitely because the question you're asking them is too difficult to answer. Nobody is held responsible when things go wrong. Poor working ethic seems to be rewarded with promotions or secondments.


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