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Oxford University Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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  1. Research Fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work place. One gets the chance to bounce ideas with amazing brains. I would definitely recommend working for Oxford University.

    Cons

    There is nothing to mention here except that Oxford is a small city but it is only one hour from London.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work.

  2. No many opportunities within the university

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    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours. Great for networking.

    Cons

    Temporal contract. It isnot easy to get teaching hours. Oxford is an expensive place to live.

    Advice to Management

    Openly discuss career prospects with the employee

  3. Being a student

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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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's great - interesting tutors, wide variety of options. Studying Lit hum which i really like, not sure about future income but pretty happy with opportunities so far.

    Cons

    Lots of work, not incredible links with industry. Arguably not the best place for employment. Some colleagues are very work focused etc etc etc

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  5. Really exciting place to be with very hard working and intelligent people

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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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free access to several journals
    Work with great like minded individuals that will push you to be better
    The academic staff are world class.
    Great teaching opportunities

    Cons

    Some people are too big-headed, even when they aren't that good.
    The college system is incredibly annoying
    The students' union is almost non-existent.

  6. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  9. Good place to be

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of support by experienced colleagues and the reputation of the University opens many doors. There is also a lot of opportunities for collaboration.

    Cons

    As junior faculty, there is a lot of pressure to over-perform, publish highly and attract lots of grant money. But I am assuming that's no different at any other top university.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Bureaucratic monster, enormous pressure on scientists, little to none effectiveness of support staff and management

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As any research job there are no constraints on how you should organise your work.
    Flexible hours and opportunities for travel.
    Very bright people to work with (researchers and professors)

    Cons

    40% to 100% overheads on research grants basically means for every £100 of research funds given by the taxpayers,£50 goes to the university and it is spent in unclear ways, feeding an gigantic pyramid of --mostly unnecessary-- support, secretarial, and IT staff. The difference between the salaries of the researchers and the one of the managers is absurd and unjustified.

    This lead to an enormous pressure on young scientists who have to focus first on feeding the system and only later on scientific achievements.

    Permanent positions are based mostly on personal connections and amount of money brought in.

    Advice to Management

    The operational procedures are incredibly complicated and work against efficiency.

  11. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Greater flexibility is required

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