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Oxford University Researcher Reviews

Updated 8 June 2018
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  • "Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Expensive to live in and hard to rent a nice house" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent prospects and fantastic staff"

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    Former Intern - Physics Research in Oxford, England
    Former Intern - Physics Research in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff and faculty to support research
    Excellent funding opportunities for Research

    Cons

    Expensive cafe/restaurant
    Insufficient parking (at Physics campuses)


  2. "In general, a nice place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Intelligent, competent co-workers
    - World-class facilites and libraries
    - Fun and exciting college-life

    Cons

    - Can be competitive, which some people may find stressful
    - Pay is generally lower than what one would find in industry
    - Workload is demanding

  3. "Challenging work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting and challenging. Access to the frontier of the knowledge is relatively easy. Competent supervisor and colleagues.

    Cons

    The pay is small compared to the living cost in the city.


  4. "Good reputation, mixed bag in terms of working experience in Higher Ed"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Oxford has has a brilliant reputation, and that will add gravitas to your own profile by working here. Excellent access to resources to support your research. Collegiate culture across departments.

    Cons

    Very limited career prospects upwards within the university (unless you're already faculty), out of touch management (middle management, and up to the top), poor career development support from supervisors. Too easy to become an eternal postdoc for fear of leaving an institution with a world-class reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and value your employees (all of them, including administrative support, research staff, as well as academics) better.


  5. "An inspiring workplace without long-term opportunities"

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    Former Contractor - Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Former Contractor - Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere. You are always close to experts and working on cutting-edge research

    Cons

    Oxford is a business that doesn't aim to employ you for a life-time. It is a step in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your foreign workers! Treat them with respect, as many come with small grants and maybe living at an existential minimum while producing valuable output. Once their contract is over they are not allowed to enter the building - treat them like humans (during and after the job), give them fair conditions and help them to reach their next step.


  6. "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


  7. "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

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  8. "Nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic working environment and rich resources for personal development.

    Cons

    Small town and after several years you may be bored with it. But still many people love it. So this is more a personal preference.


  9. "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


  10. "Typical TOP-10 UK University + cost of Oxford life"

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    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Facilities
    -Top-end Equipment
    -Interaction within the labs
    -Chance for multidisciplinary projects.
    -Hub for internationally-recognised research

    Cons

    -No Career Pathway
    -Cost of life in Oxford it's a big issue.