Oxford University Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
95 Reviews
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Pros
  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Absolutely beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work-life balance, often poor supervision (in 4 reviews)

  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A very productive 3 years of my life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quality of research and great environment

    Cons

    no balance of work and life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Well established and a good name to work for

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well funded and equipped research setting where almost anything becomes possible due to the massive amount of money and connections that come with working here. Lots of bright and committed colleagues which can really help push research forward.

    Cons

    Individual experience depends on your direct manager. Work-life balance is probably as bad as in any world leading research centre. Very difficult to get a permanent position. The salary is not in line with living costs, it should really come with a London style weighting as rents and house prices are considerably higher than the UK average.

  3.  

    Fun and organised summer school job for UNIQ

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    Former Employee - UNIQ Academic Mentor in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - UNIQ Academic Mentor in Oxford, England

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The summer school has a great ethos, the staff try really hard to make it enjoyable for the students, and it often re-hires people to do the summer school again the following year.

    Cons

    The summer school week was intense and probably not for everyone, but I personally enjoyed it- it went very quickly! We were given some online training for the summer school, which although a bit repetitive, did include some valuable information concerning the responsibilities of the role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bright people everywhere, best laboratories, best facilities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Absolutely beautiful city to live in.

    Cons

    A lot distraction beside studies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    relative freedom, good work culture, great team

    Cons

    lack of supervision, career opportunities and stimulation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    great stepping stone, but it is a very political place and it difficult to set up on the long-run

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good opportunities, college life, brand name, scientific collaborators

    Cons

    highly political place, bad weather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Brilliant city and lifestyle, well-funded PhD in a great lab

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible city to spend 4 years in. The college system is a great experience, plenty of social activities even during my PhD. Great lifestyle. My studentship provided a generous stipend. As a student or member of staff here you have access to an extensive range of facilities across the university, not to mention the faculty and post-doctoral researchers working here. There are excellent external speakers too.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can lean heavily towards work but that's personal and would be the same anywhere of comparable calibre. How much this is "enforced" will vary between labs, mine was fairly relaxed. Some Oxford rules are archaic but this can also be amusing.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious university with very intelligent scientists/researchers from all over the globe, good cutting edge research facilities,
    lovely city to live as a PhD student, Colleges make it easy to socialise.

    Cons

    Career services should improve and the University should have good placements cells, and ensure students can get better placements.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Research Assistant Experience

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good administrative staff and excellent atmosphere

    Cons

    Difficult visa procedure, apart from which everything else is good

  11.  

    Good employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by leading experts. Easy to exchange ideas. Students are very strong. Beautiful location with easy access to London. Plenty of opportunities to attend conferences etc.

    Cons

    With the college based system, the department doesn't always feel cohesive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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