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Oxford University Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated 18 January 2015
Updated 18 January 2015
109 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
  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth, (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work culture!

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    --Flexible work hours
    --Work with the smartest minds in the area of research
    --Excellent brand recognition

    Cons

    --Being an academic institution salaries are not comparable with the industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Oxford opens a lot of doors

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    Former Employee - Professor in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Professor in Oxford, England

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Oxford has a broad range of researchers at top level and access to fantastic students. You'll meet very interesting individuals becoming Life long friends. The University has high international standing and being a professor at Oxford opens a lot of doors.

    Cons

    Hard to get into the colledge Life if you are a scientist and there are few informal meeting Points. It is easy to get lost in Oxford and not meet up with too many scientists if you are not proactive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Challenging but worthwhile

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    The work is challenging and you are constantly learning to think on your feet and be creative and flexible in your thinking. People from many different cultures come together to work and learn from each other.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to maintain. Lack of flexibility in working hours. Equipment can be limited as a result of a lack of funding. The workplace is a little crowded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater flexibility is required

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent research institution, opportunities to expand into teaching. World-leading collaborations easily developed.

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

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

    Pros

    Research facilities are world class. The heritage and ambition are obvious. Lovely location.

    Cons

    Tenure difficult to come by. Expensive city to live in. Collegiate system of employment and joint contracts are baffling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    High stress but incredible colleagues.

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    Current Employee - MPhil in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - MPhil in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Top-quality students and faculty in a beautiful city.

    Cons

    The short trimesters leave little time for research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unsure where the money goes

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    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    You get one-to-one tuition with some of the world's most talented and intelligent tutors.
    You get a good network of people who are likely to succeed.
    Excellent extra-curricular opportunities.

    Cons

    Sports facilities not great
    Can be queasy surrounded by such driven people all the time
    Seems like if you do a humanities subject, all the money you pay is largely to subside science subjects.
    Lectures often not useful.
    A lot of work sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more on humanities / social sciences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Waste of time for junior faculty

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Nice town, great and convenient location.

    Cons

    Terrible and flawed grading system. Poor collegial relations amongst faculty. No support for junior faculty. Lots of false promises. Unfair and excessive workload unless you are a Reader/Professor. Money talks. Nobody cares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't bother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    mostly enjoyable DPhil at Oxford

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    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

    Stimulating research environment, lovely city

    Cons

    long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Hard Work. Intensive playing

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    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    The tutorial systems are something you don't get any experience of elsewhere. The social life is also great, provided you have time. It opens the door to a lot of networking and careers events, you just have to capitalise on that on your time here

    Cons

    Constant essay crisis, meaning that you alternate between crying and drinking and procrastinating. There truly is a lot of work involved and far more than other universities

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    oxford university

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    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    a good place to study and live

    Cons

    a good place to study and live

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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