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Oxford University Reviews

Updated 21 April 2018
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Expensive to live in and hard to rent a nice house (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "rich research environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Work with best scientists
    High quality science

    Cons

    Difficult career progress for mid career researchers


  2. "Medical Sciences PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you have a good supervisor, this is an amazing job. Great freedom to pursue your own ideas, the excitement of other people's great ideas, great flexibility and plenty of holiday, more than you'll get in any other job.

    Cons

    You don't earn a lot as a PhD student. You know you could probably have earned more doing any other job. Also, if you have a bad supervisor, it can be hell.

    Advice to Management

    Hire nice people who care about their students lives, not just their output. That's better for everyone and better for research output in the long-run.

  3. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Academic Visitor in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Academic Visitor in Oxford, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great knowledge and education. Constantly new things. Lots of good people and good social life.

    Cons

    Not enough travel. Not always good paid for its status.


  4. "Interesting."

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom, flexible hours, realistic time frames.
    Probably the most secure job going.

    Cons

    A huge number of processes and red tape to get your head around!


  5. "Medical Research support"

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

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

    Pros

    Salary isn't bad, but is highly dependent on the post that you hold.
    Line Manager is really good.
    Work can by highly challenging and diverse.
    You can interact with a lot of colleagues with very different professional backgrounds.

    Cons

    Organization is too large to be effective or to feel like it cares about its employees. Top management feels too distant and not really interested in the department. Poor avenues for real life changing career progression
    Stressful work.


  6. "A wonderful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Executive in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Senior Development Executive in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities, working with top people in their field in an inspiring setting.

    Cons

    Quirky, a lot of internal language and structure to learn!


  7. "DPhil 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful city and good life experience

    Cons

    Low pay and high rents, high house prices

  8. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Little progression opportunity for admin staff in my department. Focus weighted to researchers.


  9. "Would recommend to anyone"

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

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits: annual leave, sickness leave.
    People are friendly, competent, and want the best for the University.
    Job satisfaction is high as the values of myself and the sector of the University I work in align very well.
    Numerous development opportunities available and encouraged.
    Opportunities for career progression internally.
    As someone with a chronic illness, I have found Oxford to be outstandingly welcoming and willing to accommodate my circumstances.

    Cons

    Students.
    Visibility of what goes on behind closed doors in colleges and departments.
    Having to defend Oxbridge to people.


  10. "Personal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Very nice people and culture

    Cons

    There were none for me


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