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Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
111 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Great work culture!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 a 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
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    The operational procedures are incredibly complicated and work against efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Laboratory Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, management and values

    Cons

    No possible progression within the department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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