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Updated 21 February 2015
Updated 21 February 2015
116 Reviews
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  • 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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    PhD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible, nice supervisor, friendly, and sociable

    Cons

    Competitive, out of date techniques, relatively poor rigs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Current Employee - DPhil Student

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

    Pros

    Access to broad range of Journals and books. Very nice libraries. Excellent team of knowledgeable person to discuss results with. State of the art experimental equipment.

    Cons

    Weather not always good. Office noisy, people talk laud. Training to use some of the equipment could take half a year to be arranged. Equipment broken often and takes time to fix.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Administrative Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    clear structure, pension scheme, holidays,

    Cons

    not much potential for growth, inflexible

  6.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    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
  9.  

    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
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    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.

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    Greater flexibility is required

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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