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Updated 11 May 2021

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  1. "Amazing place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Student in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    The wealth of resources and professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Pressure over deadlines and overall culture of competition between peers

  2. COVID-19

    "I'm just a student"

    5.0
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England, England

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful place and lots of support

    Cons

    Very self driven, especially difficult in Covid


  3. "Post Doctoral Research Associate University of Cambridge"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a nice place to live

    Cons

    Not a particularly supportive employer, takes large cuts of research grants for overheads, has prevented pay increment rises for researchers despite asking researchers to work for free overtime to "help out" with testing regimes, bio resource collaborations and other COVID-19 projects during the pandemic.

  4. "Great place to work, but needs improvement on equality and diversity"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    (1) Abundance of funding (2) lots of freedom to explore your own avenues of research (3) Career service is amazing (4) Job perks like access to numerous discounts via Cambens, mental health support services (5) Access to experts in all fields imaginable (6) Training for anything you'd need to do your research is provided (7) Very prestigious

    Cons

    (1) Presenting at conferences is highly discouraged unless the manuscript is already submitted. (2) The environment at the department of medicine is very sexist. Not only are most PIs male, but even in the Dep of Medicine Research day, where students and postdocs are given the opportunity to present their work, in an audience with 50/50 males to females, there is a clear bias in the selection of abstracts, with male students/postdocs giving 70-80% of talks. Micro-aggressions towards females are constant.

  5. "Hard work, but a great place to study :)"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Student in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * High standard of teaching, particularly the small group 'supervisions' (normally groups of 2 or 3, but 1 on 1 teaching in some subjects). * Good library resources * The chance to meet a wide range of lovely people from around the world

    Cons

    Working to deadlines can be stressful, but this was more than made up for by the wonderful people I was surrounded by!

  6. "Ecvelletn"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England, England

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    accom, high table, teaching, progression, satff

    Cons

    old fashioned, hierarchy, location, size of organisation, hlp

  7. "Great place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Stats Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    No weekend working Worldclass academic

    Cons

    Not enough salary reviews and promotion opportunities

  8. "Good"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Student 

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    The environment is very good.

    Cons

    But it is a little small town

  9. "Do the best for all for their employees!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Clinical/Medical Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Lots of funding available to enable you to explore any skills or courses you would find useful for career progression

    Cons

    Very few cons if any

  10. "Great univeristy; Experience highly dependent on you and your PI compatibility"

    5.0
    Current Employee - PhD Student In Plant Sciences in Cambridge, East of England, England, England

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    An outstanding place to be studying and researching. The college system offers a special experience where you get to make friends from every possible discipline, and by extension, you get exposed to the latest research in all these disciplines. That considerably widens your horizons.

    Cons

    Research experience is highly dependent on you and your PI compatibility, on whether you are funded by project money, or you have to come up with your own research project; and on whether you have funding for research or just a stipend. having.

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