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Oxford University Research Assistant Reviews

Updated 2 February 2018
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant at Oxford"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great Working environment. State of the art research facilities. Highly qualified and world renown staff.

    Cons

    No annual bonus. No private health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Great people, not so great bureaucracy"

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    Former Freelancer - Research Assistant
    Former Freelancer - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable working environment with strong labour protection. Autonomy in executing different tasks.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is terrible -- endless forms, redundant layers of the hierarchy


  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exceptional staff members, facilities, access to university life

    Cons

    Pressure driven, but none more so than one would currently expect from academia


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  5. "Administration back-log"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The name/university brand, opportunities to attend talks from world experts, networking.

    Cons

    Very little training. HR is overworked/understaffed so there was a really long delay in sorting out visa arrangements. Providing information about resources and accommodations for individuals with learning disabilities are not well organized.

    Advice to Management

    More training opportunity and structure to the training. You can't expect everyone with diverse learning to just pick things up and know what to do. Also, more clear help for people with learning disabilities.


  6. "A prison with no roof"

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was ranked the best university in the world

    Cons

    All the work you do is actually alone


  7. Helpful (1)

    "2 Year Postdoc at Oxford University"

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

    Pros

    - Get to work with clever people
    - Access to state-of-the-art facilities
    - Beautiful location

    Cons

    - University administration is not very supportive of young researchers (especially postdocs)
    - Postdocs are not members of a college by default, which to an extent prevents them from integrating into the academic community at Oxford
    - Job uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Oxford University should be more supportive of postdoctoral researchers, create more career development opportunities for them, and be more willing to contribute to research fellowships that do not pay full economic costs (FEC).


  8. Helpful (1)

    "so-so"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    attracts lots of brilliant students and researchers, lots of academic and industry opportunities, great brand name

    Cons

    overall management leaves a lot to be desired


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of choosing a bad lab in the JR hospital!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perform good research if you are in a good lab

    Cons

    There are some labs that are not doing proper research but just politics. These are what my PIs are:

    1) PIs have poor knowledge of their research, they even ask you what journals should submit to.
    2) Differential treatment - they bully some members to work for other senior members.
    3) The PIs don't care about your feeling, dead or alive. They will sacrifice you to get what they want.
    4) They praise you in front of you but they said bad thing about you in front of another colleague to make that colleague better.
    5) Force you to try many new projects that are not likely to work to waste money and time.

    I am sure many labs here are good, but some are really substandard. Beware of those labs that are managed by more than one PIs, suggesting managerial problems. If they are not in the city center but isolated in a hospital like JR hospital and within a small departmemt (NDXXX), this reflects poor research support. Just like mine one.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop abusive PIs from bullying submssive staff. They are clever and just picked foreigners to bully and abuse because they won't complaints. This should not be allowed!


  10. "research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    Pros

    Good HR, life and work balance.

    Cons

    segregation of employees based on job title and responsibilities


  11. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good professor who is my boss so procedures and policies are quick and efficient

    Cons

    Some don't have any ideas of what they are doing