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Oxford University Reviews

Updated 14 October 2017
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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 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great University and great department to work with"

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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

    The best Chemistry Department in the UK

    Cons

    Slightly different environments in each individual groups


  2. "A very good place to conduct research"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Some of the top researchers around

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and not enough entrepreneurial


  3. "Undergraduate experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    The best teaching available

    Cons

    Intense structure - only 8 week long terms


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  5. "PhD student"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    nice staff and nice city to live

    Cons

    less industrial connection for engineering students


  6. "teaching -- stimulating, sometimes stressful and confusing"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at Oxford University part-time

    Pros

    stimulating teaching environment -- students often intelligent and hard-working, and the teaching and admin staff can be similarly motivated; often pleasant to work with

    Cons

    can be isolated; short teaching terms (8 weeks) can be very stressful; some of the non-centralised collegiate and departmental teaching responsibilities and systems can be confusing, heavily relying on personal networking to learn what is happening; the strong (entrenched?) emphasis on hard-core academic teaching can seem a little archaic

    Advice to Management

    slowly trying to modernise their systems, which is good; important to clarify academic and teaching responsibilities; I think a "reading week" pause between weeks 4-5 would be welcome to many students and staff


  7. "Overall good organisation, needs updating"

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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

    Great exposure, amazing speakers and events. Good salaries compared to business schools in London.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, takes a long time to move projects forward.


  8. "long term limitations"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    state art research, amongst world leading scientists

    Cons

    some funding justification has lead to less core funds for house keeping in palace of new core facilities. longterm career progression is limited unless your of PI potential


  9. "Research student"

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

    Pros

    It has a Very good learning enviroment

    Cons

    the living cost is high

    Advice to Management

    No


  10. "OK but you really have to fight hard to stay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Interesting Projects
    Great flexibility
    Great holidays

    Cons

    Awful inefficient bureaucracy , hamstringing productivity
    Takes an age to get anything done
    Working with external contractors etc very hard (IT restrictions etc)
    Constant institutional pressure to leave
    Huge workload 60hrs/wk
    Publish or your worthless mentality
    Poor pay - unless you fight very hard
    No sane career path unless your an academic

    Advice to Management

    Maybe theres a world class business school near by that can help out your internal admin processes and HR?


  11. "Associate Professor"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues and stimulating environment

    Cons

    Lots of tedious work including a fair amount of marking


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