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Updated 22 July 2018
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  • "Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Expensive to live in and hard to rent a nice house" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "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!


  2. "ARUK Primary Care Centre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    You must be joking. Worst place to work in academia. No intellectual debate at all. Senior academics technocratic and robotic in approach. Follow the rukles and don't question authority. Rather like a Russian Gulag. Physios and rheumatologists rule. Everyone else has to shut up and put up.

    Cons

    People treated like machines, no respect, no autonomy, no control over your own work. Social scientists treated like 4th class citizens.
    Have to do what you're told or else. Difficult to resist authority if you have a family and mortgage.
    Staff morale rock bottom. Must say something about the senior management. Avoid like the plague if you're a social scientist.

    Advice to Management

    Complete clear out of senior management urgently needed.

  3. "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.


  4. "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!


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "postdoc with family"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    University of Oxford is a great place to do interesting science and contact to lots of experts in many important research areas

    Cons

    Oxford is very expensive in particular if you need more space with a family. The commuting time to surrounding cities is quite long.


  10. "DPhil student in Organic Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student In Organic Chemistry in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student In Organic Chemistry in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging work
    Control your own direction in your work day to day
    Work your own hours (depending on supervisor)
    Work in a lab with other like-minded people

    Cons

    Long hours
    Some supervisors micromanage, others you may not see very regularly at all


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