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Oxford University Reviews

Updated 15 February 2018
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Oxford provides a very good environment for study and has a life. People work very hard here. and they concentrate very much.

    Cons

    Sometimes could be stressed out. Some courses have too many assignments, which are difficult to spare some time for other things like volunteering or looking for jobs.

    Advice to Management

    More talk between student and tutor would be helpful. More teamwork would be better than always doing things separately


  3. "Full academic support, great working opportunities"

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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

    Pros

    Full academic support, great working opportunities

    Cons

    Can get lost in the system


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  5. "Senior Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great location, diverse culture, friendly environment

    Cons

    Expensive area to live, commute and traffic challenges to get to work

    Advice to Management

    Foster better career development and salary rewards


  6. "Great employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, autonomy and a relaxed culture.

    Cons

    Needs bringing into the 21st century

    Advice to Management

    Structure needs re-thinking


  7. "DPhil student"

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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

    Pros

    Very supportive environment; bright people and staff

    Cons

    no obvious downsides; the research equipment probably not the best


  8. "University of Oxford"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Famous university,
    Except from the name it is the same as other universities

    Cons

    Looks better from the outside.
    Expensive city, low salary, all know about this, no body cares

    Advice to Management

    Ask research students and postdocs for feedback of PIs


  9. "Post-doctoral research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment. 38 day holiday (including bank holidays)

    Cons

    Low salary, high cost of living in Oxford.

    Advice to Management

    Salary increase


  10. "Undergrate in Oxford, pros and cons."

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

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

    Pros

    very stressful, the workload is high.

    Cons

    learn a lot, able to meet excellent people.


  11. "Typical TOP-10 UK University + cost of Oxford life"

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

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

    Pros

    -Great Facilities
    -Top-end Equipment
    -Interaction within the labs
    -Chance for multidisciplinary projects.
    -Hub for internationally-recognised research

    Cons

    -No Career Pathway
    -Cost of life in Oxford it's a big issue.


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