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Oxford University Reviews

Updated 21 January 2018
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Oxford University Chancellor Christopher Francis Patten
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "Lovely environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Lovely location and friendly staff

    Cons

    Minimal on-site parking and intense academic environment


  2. "Awesome"

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

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

    Pros

    Demanding, nice city, international outlook

    Cons

    I have to write a review just to look at other people's reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Be a legend


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "Great place to study"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing facilities, high quality teaching.

    Cons

    Absolutely none that I can think of


  7. "Supervisor can make or break a PhD"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Access to interesting and diverse group of people, especially as an undergraduate student.

    Cons

    As a DPhil student, your experience will be largely dependent on the quality of your research group/department. As such, be very careful about taking a PhD project in an area that your supervisor is moving into rather than one in which (s)he is already an expert. In the former case, it is highly likely that no effective supervision will be available. A well-equipped lab cannot compensate for a poorly prepared supervisor!


  8. "Marie Curie Fellow Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Good ambient and better facilities to develop your work and your career.

    Cons

    No cons come to my mind right now.


  9. "Excellent Place for Truly Passionate People"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best facilities and funding opportunities to be found internationally. I believe it is a place where ideas can be brought to life and plenty of room for expansion is given for independent thought and innitiative.

    Cons

    Some of the worst people-managers I have seen in my entire life. Managers focus solely on the academic side of things, completely disregarding growing as a person. Working till midnight is common as is working Saturdays and Sundays.

    Advice to Management

    Put more systems in place to oversee and regulate the supervisor student relationships, especially when something goes wrong, as a sustainable collaboration is vital for the good outcome of every project.


  10. "Good benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits working at the University, leave entitlement, pension etc

    Cons

    Can be hard coming from outside the university in


  11. "Put up with a lot for the reputation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    reputation
    working with smart, ambitious people

    Cons

    extremely patchy supervision
    bosses/supervisors appointed on the basis of their research experience, not their ability to manage underlings or teach

    Advice to Management

    make sure researchers' leaves of absence are appropriately covered


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