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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated 11 April 2018
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  1. "Research Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Very prestigious place to work, surrounded by interesting and intelligent people, world class facilities, excellent social life.

    Cons

    Many short term contracts and very few permanent positions. Postdocs are not automatically affiliated with a college, which can be somewhat isolating.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on equipment and more money on scientists to do the interesting research. Allow students to apply for parking permits.


  2. "Postgraduate researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    Very stimulating environment, great work-life balance, great opportunities for getting involved with other aspects of university life (sports, societies etc), college life

    Cons

    Poor inter-department communication, support network and systems are relatively inefficient, University seems to be reluctant to change and modernisation compared to other universities

  3. "college supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    perfect part time job to fit into full time PhD schedule, add teaching experience into your resume

    Cons

    long hours preparation, pay claim system is a bit of a hassle to fill in


  4. "Research Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating work and environment.

    Cons

    Lower pay compared to the industry for the same quality of work. Need to be self-driven.


  5. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great personal development option, supportive environment,

    Cons

    Limited possibilities of career evolutions, very limited open ended contracts


  6. "Decent workplace, but felt like a cog in a machine."

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    Former Employee - Administrative and IT Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Administrative and IT Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear salary grades, local benefits. As a low-level support staff, the University can provide a well paid 9-5 job.

    Cons

    The University is a big organisation, and my experience is limited to one particular branch. I have found that that the staff with managerial responsibilities lacked understanding when it comes to depression;when struggling to get up in the morning it was easier to call in sick than turn up an hour late. Furthermore they were not keen to put their foot down when enforcing actions from the PIs; one PIs equipment being an evacuation route obstruction but nothing was done. My managers also failed spectacularly when it came to timely feedback; bringing something up with a delay of more than a year. There was an expectation of guessing the standards and fitting in, rather than the managers explicitly stating them.

    I felt like my role was a bit of a catch-all filler person; the regular tasks I had took up maybe a 8 hours a week, the rest involved sitting at the desk waiting to be called on. With the limited funding, I think my role could have been shared across many branches sharing the location.

    The bureaucracy was horrible, using outdated forms not suited for the job only because they were the approved-by-the-top kind.

    In my post, there was no real advancement, unless my senior colleague decided to move on, or I wanted to switch to another branch of the university.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change coming from the bottom. Be more understanding of mental health issues. Be clear about the expectations from the start with each new hire.


  7. "Great networking but low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Excellent development prospects
    Great scope for skills building
    Relaxed environment
    Good reputation

    Cons

    Very low paw, higher opportunity cost
    Hard to get pay rise (only through specific schemes)
    Feels like living inside a bubble

  8. "It is fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Very good opportunities to do great research

    Cons

    A lot of people hide behind the Cambridge name and do nothing


  9. "Senior Research Technician"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Research Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    State of the art laboratories. Amazing and knowledgeable people to work with also helping you to reach your potential. A great line manager on top of everything else. University benefits are great.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of. only had to leave because I relocated!

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "PhD Student at the University of Cambridge, UK"

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

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating and productive work environment, motivated co-workers, helpful discussions with supervisors and postdocs. Highly recommended!

    Cons

    Can be daunting to start to work at, but will be rewarding in the end. It is expensive to rent a property in Cambridge.


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