Oxford University Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
96 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.  

    An amazing and unique place with a lot of smart and interesting people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    The city is beautiful. Small but has everything you need. Great student life.

    Cons

    A little expensive to live

  2.  

    Challenging atmosphere working with world top class scientists

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    upfront research topics to delve into.

    Cons

    high living costs in Oxford area.

    Recommends
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    A very productive 3 years of my life

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    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
  6.  

    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
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    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bright people everywhere, best laboratories, best facilities.

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    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
  8.  

    good

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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

    relative freedom, good work culture, great team

    Cons

    lack of supervision, career opportunities and stimulation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good employer to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    Good hours, nice people and good management

    Cons

    Low salary, long time to establish employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  10.  

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

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    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
  11.  

    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

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