December 19, 2013

Imperial College...

Putting any lack of investment in staff development, strategies that exist to promote cronyism, incompetence, favoritism, and inequality, and to disguise management failures, Imperial College is a place where internal grievance procedures are used selectively by managers - against staff, with most senior managers untouchable and no accountability or transparency in any decision making process. If any complaints ever reach the surface those are ignored and the staff are victimised and penalised in such a way so that they serve as a lesson for others. Fear prevails among a silent majority, over-managed or under-managed according to senior staff needs. The working environment is toxic.

Anonymous

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like the place where I used to teach, a technical institute somewhere in Canada.

It was one of the worst places I ever worked at.

Anonymous said...

I worked at Imperial College for 10 years and can only concur with the previously stated views. Imperial is institutionally racist and sexist and bullies anyone who tries to challenge the status quo. It is steeped in privilege and weak leadership who "target highly talented colleagues whose greater abilities evoke their own deep-seated insecurity". HR personnel are tolerated on the condition that they support and prop up the inept leadership and they thus form an unholy collusive and corrosive partnership. Shamefully, Imperial is little different from most UK Higher Education Institutions who every now and again try to give the appearance of pretending to change, while lining up the next collaborator to ensure nothing changes.

Anonymous said...

I have worked at Imperial College London and several other Higher Education Institutes and concur with the other comments. HR personnel at Imperial College support and close ranks with the senior management and the victim is left isolated and victimised further by the perpetrators. Anyone who challenges the bad practices are victimised and made to leave the institution. Racism, , bullying and harassment are rife in the Higher Education sector arising from unethical leadership which allows bad practices to thrive. Sadly, the impact on the individuals is huge characterised by stress, loss of confidence, dignity, break up of families and the list goes on.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with all statements above and it is so refreshing to realise it was not just happening to me and that other people have experiences the same emotional bullying within the college. It is not only the academics that are facing these sorts of problems. Bullying and harassment is rife at the Early Years centre. You would think people whose profession is to care for children would somehow be caring in nature but no. The environment over at the EYEC is toxic. The staff turn over is so high that 5 people have left in the last 2 months yet no one is doing anything about it. HR are aware of the bullying occurring yet chose to do nothing about it. When the staff member takes appropriate actions and complains the situations are manipulated to make that person appear to be at fault. They are then treated as an outcast and are further victimised by the seniors and managers. All "confidential" discussions with HR are disclosed to the managers and then the victim is left to feel completely isolated. With mental illness on the rise you would think after so many complaints someone would be able to step in and do something. The emotional stress, loss of confidence and health issues arising from this type of bullying is phenomenal! I am so much happier now that I have left. I definitely would not recommend working fir the college I don't care how much money someone would pay me. The toxic effects are not worth it.