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Oxford University Reviews

Updated 2 February 2016
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  1. "Research Intern"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Academically strong and friendly collegues

    Cons

    Not disadvatages doing research here, maybe sometime competitive


  2. "Great place to live and work in!"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    An absolutely lovely place to work at - people are approachable, easygoing and incredibly clever. Being in Oxford definitely opens a lot of career opportunities too: I since moved out of academia into management consulting, and trust me, having Oxford on your CV really makes a difference!

    Cons

    People can be a little stuck up at times thinking they are a little more special than others, but this is mostly limited to students who I guess are just finding their feet in life (bless). Anyone whom you actually work with - an absolutely great bunch!


  3. "Oxford University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Scientific and cultural environment, top class facilities, seminars and career development courses, many opportunities to move jobs laterally within University

    Cons

    There are not many downsides, there is obviously a lack of opportunity to progress due to very strong competition. Salaries are low taking into account cost of living is extremely high.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salaries of employees or introduce a scheme similar to London's adjusted salaries and help with housing.


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  5. "Great reputation - but serious diversity issues"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great reputation - Extremely intelligent colleagues - Support services are great - College environments make it easier to connect with people outside your department

    Cons

    - Oxford is incredibly expensive (gets worse every year) - Some departments have serious diversity issues in terms of both ethnicity and gender - Administration at all levels is a nightmare - Financial support from the university itself is non-existent at graduate level for non-UK students.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at your application procedures to pinpoint why the demographic is so skewed. Streamline the admin systems in ALL departments. The amount of time spent filling out unnecessary paper work is probably costing you millions in productivity.


  6. "Lecturer"

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

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

    Pros

    Working for the IT Learning Programme is a wonderful experience, to help people learn and the other people that work there are awesome.

    Cons

    The pay is minimal and the hours are small, but as a part time job it is lots of fun.


  7. "Post-doc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, brand image, beautiful city, large resources, smart people

    Cons

    Extremely under-paid, no job security, not meritocratic


  8. "Stay away from the Department of Oncology"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Headington, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Headington, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I am a full-time PhD student. The university itself is great, and has many opportunities for networking, and we do not want for research money

    Cons

    The management at our department is abysmal. We are divided in research interests, and the research is not very stimulating. Harassment and bullying is rampant, and there is no clear management of rogue group leaders. Very little transparency. Turnover of both students and postdocs is very high.


  9. "overall great place for science"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    brilliant people and great intellectual challenge, cutting-edge technology and equipment

    Cons

    relatively low salary among researchers in UK


  10. "Student"

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

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

    Pros

    Encouraging support network at college

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, very difficult to push through change, very difficult to raise issues with departments, supervisor potluck

    Advice to Management

    Implement more signposting and hold information sessions aimed at informing students of welfare services


  11. "Student"

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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

    Academically enriching, top location and top university in the world. Flexible schedule. Encouring independent learning skills.

    Cons

    It can be overwhelming to write at least two essays per week. Since the community is The exams are harder



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