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University of Cambridge Research Assistant Reviews

Updated 4 December 2017
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  1. "Generally good"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technical expertise and academic atmosphere

    Cons

    Accommodation is not so good, old

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. "Research Assistant in the Department of Medicine"

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    All depends on who your PI is - I had a very positive experience.

    Cons

    Wage is not so good when considering the costs of living in Cambridge.


  3. "Short-term Research Assistant Contract in Bioinformatics"

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, history, environment, work and non-work opportunities, make Cambridge a great place to be. One's experience will depend on the specific research group and department and coworkers, but as a whole, it's the place to be.

    Cons

    Mostly the nature of academia--contract-to-contract, grants funding uncertainty, the normal stress. Living costs can be high. One may complain about the weather, but it's some of the best the UK has to offer, truth be told.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership structure is confusing everywhere you go, and one might never meet someone a step above one's boss. Thus, the leadership is rather in the background, and any over-arching goals or visions for one's department or the University in general can be impossible to grasp. But this has its merits: Being non-authoritarian, there's much independence, akin to a federal government, among the Departments, Schools, Colleges, and everything else.


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  5. "Biological Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pension, holidays, benefits, flexible.

    Cons

    Probabaly depends which PI you work for, workload can be demanding


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Academia is bad for you, run away while you can"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good employer as far as academia goes, so it's a gem in its little niche. Cambridge is a great place to be, although you won't afford living in Cambridge.

    Cons

    Academia sucks. Sucks away your life. You're underpaid compared to what's going on in private sector. Only small percentage (single digit!) of PhDs will get a full time position in the future. Start looking now while you have the potential and energy!

    Advice to Management

    Give more power to postdocks to retain more talent. All the best I knew already escaped. The ones that stayed were not bright enough to make the jump.


  7. "I am very happy with my work situation, colleagues, and the university-wide community."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is one of the leading research institutions
    It is a tranquil, friendly and community-oriented environment

    Cons

    Very traditional, change is sometimes slow

    Advice to Management

    Reimbursements are still with checks, bank holidays are not officially recognised.


  8. "Excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most intelligent people I have met

    Cons

    Senior people not always very personable


  9. "Inspiring and challenging work with interesting, easy going people."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are constantly surrounded by people who are top of their field, so it's easy to get inspired and find motivation to learn and do more. The city, of course, is also very beautiful, so overall it's a nice place to be working and everything is close-by, so a short break for lunch is always possible.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't great, but then again, I wouldn't expect much for a part-time research assistant. I can imagine that for some people it might be hard to get integrated into the "team" with this job, as the hours can be very unsociable, but I cannot say that was a problem for me.

    Advice to Management

    The job was not very easy to find, so it might be nice if the jobs were better advertised.


  10. "this is a great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the work environment is brilliant

    Cons

    the elitist attitudes is annoying


  11. "Good work life balance but limited progression opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The University offers excellent work life balance although sometimes taking this to the extreme as some employees take advantage of this and sickness absence is high.

    Cons

    As a research assistant there is limited opportunities for progression which is generally linked to publications in journals rather than performance in undertaking high quality research and the generation of money for the department.

    Advice to Management

    Introduction of timesheets to ensure that all staff contribute equally and some are not taken advantage of.