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Updated 23 September 2018
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  1. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great support, intellectual atmosphere and talented colleagues

    Cons

    Work life balance sometimes tough


  2. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment for anyone

    Cons

    Sometimes long working hours. Boring

  3. "Fantastic place to study"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent access to people and research facilities

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  4. "fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    interesting people to work with

    Cons

    senior staff are incredibly overstretched


  5. "Excellent Place to Work"

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

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Equipment not far away from the latest technology. Colleagues were all friendly and never had any conflict between us. Work and results produced were excellent.

    Cons

    nothing found. everything run smoothy

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. They are doing excellent job


  6. "UNIQ Summer School Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great pay for what you do
    - Amazing opportunity for access work that actually has an impact
    - Interesting and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    - Not an easy way to remain in contact and help students post-summer school
    - No work/life balance but that was expected


  7. "Not so many opportunities for career progression"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job can be relatively stable but it depends very much on the line manager and their funding. The department has the right to employ people from outside the EU, and are usually quite helpful when it comes to relocation and covering visa costs (super expensive in the UK and getting worse every year). Standard amount of paid annual leave plus bank holidays. Some get-together events are organised. Generally other researchers can be helpful and it is possible to acquire new skills. Lots of talks and seminars to choose from.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, some types of experiments are essentially undoable because of that. Very slow processing of paperwork, poor contacts with other departments. Too inefficient even for such a big organisation... Very complex purchasing system, also as a professional scientist you should not be expected to deal with it but at Oxford you do - I had to become proficient in EU and UK taxation codes because I needed to buy lab consumables. Brexit is already affecting funding opportunities as EU grants are becoming less available (now it is about 50% of total funding) and regulatory bodies (essential for clinical research) are leaving the UK. Almost no career progression, or pay rise, except for shuffling between different departments until you are too old and/or expensive to go anywhere else. If you are happy with this and don't have issues at work, they will give you preferential treatment if you apply for other similar positions at Oxford. Working culture can be too relaxed in appearance, like one hour long coffee breaks, but you are "naturally" expected to do late hours and weekends instead, to show your dedication. Bullying is common but not much is done about it, despite campaigns against it. Money is OK but Oxford is virtually the most expensive city in the UK, maybe after London, and postdoc salary is pretty much the same throughout the country, so you are worse off in Oxford than elsewhere. For example, you basically have to live with flatmates (alone is too expensive), which for a 30 yo with a supposedly prestigious social status and a PhD and all is a bit tough I think.

  8. "Difficult to progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with inspiring researchers, students, professors

    Cons

    Hard to progress to next level, virtually no career prospects
    A huge organisation that is complex and in some ways a bit dysfunctional!


  9. "titles kept changing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    free food, working ethics, organised environment, work/social life balance

    Cons

    career progression very hard to achieve


  10. "Very happy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Unlocking great career opportunities. Stimulating working environment, with lots of top-notch researchers visiting and lecturing on significant scientific topics.

    Cons

    Commuting to London airports is the only down-side probably. Other than that I can't think of any serious cons.


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