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Oxford University Researcher Reviews

Updated 9 October 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 18 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Very supportive team"

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    Former Contractor - Researcher in Oxford, England
    Former Contractor - Researcher in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many university related perks. Access to libraries, college, good social benefits. Many university related perks. Access to libraries, college, good social benefits.

    Cons

    Student centric town. Can be very hierarchical depending on your department. No other major cons would recommended it as an institution.


  2. "Not good in postdoc training"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    30 days of annual leave. Smart people and abundant resources.

    Cons

    Not good for in vivo research due to the strict animal regulations. Postdocs spend too much time on supervising students and have few chances to write their own grants.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  3. "One of the best unis in the woarld!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people everywhere
    Nice and quiet town

    Cons

    None, one of the best Uni in the world
    At the end it all depends on who you are working with


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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. "Money limitations make research hard"

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

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

    Pros

    The University still has a great name, that can open plenty of doors

    Cons

    I have the impression that the students are not particularly well prepared. The money is running low and they give you troubles for every expense claim. Salaries for researchers are so bad that it's hard to find a place to live in Oxford.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the big money spent for new buildings could go in quality research. Sooner or later the name will not be enough to attract the best talents


  7. "long term limitations"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    state art research, amongst world leading scientists

    Cons

    some funding justification has lead to less core funds for house keeping in palace of new core facilities. longterm career progression is limited unless your of PI potential


  8. "Great department"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The chemistry department is extremely well-fitted with all the necessary equipment to perform research. The building is relatively new and the working environment receives lots of natural light. It is a very inspiring place to work in.

    Cons

    The only downside is the UK weather.


  9. "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


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    "Great opportunities can be found!"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great diversity - very international place to work. Plenty of opportunities to collaborate if that's what you'd like to do. Lots of interesting seminars that you can attend to expand your knowledge and to network.

    Cons

    If you are not a member of a college, it can be very difficult to fully integrate into the university/city so I'd highly recommend becoming affiliated with a college -for both socially and academically.

    Advice to Management

    There are a plenty of old school management styles/division with a lot of long term members - there can be quite a lot of resistance to change, so listen out for younger voices. Also given the very competitive nature, the working atmosphere can be quite fierce - definitely would benefit from compulsory training for group leaders!


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    "Researcher"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Oxford Uni has amazing resources in terms of it support, admin, training, etc. In these terms they are probably the best in Europe.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the admin is somewhat complicated with departments, divisions, colleges. The relevant people tend not to talk to each other, and communication is a burden.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize processes across different departments.