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Updated 21 June 2018
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  • "Cambridge is quite expensive to live in" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Sometimes the work can be too hectic and may lead to the loss of work-life balance" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    access to the best resources. met the best supervisor of my life here.

    Cons

    some research groups receive less attention from the University than others, which is not entirely based on research capability and level of significance of the work.


  2. "Nice working place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working environment.
    Allows to perform your work autonomously.

    Cons

    Large competitions among colleagues sometimes make the work challanging

  3. "TRINITY COLLEGE - A well balanced environment for those who like a challenge"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Lunch or Breakfast provided for staff while on shift
    - Very good benefits including use of the College library, dental, medical and pension schemes
    - Salary is good for a non-commercial business and includes many benefits to compensate
    - Onsite gym available as well as several health and wellbeing sessions available each week
    - Most staff are good to work with including cross departments
    - Offices are comfortable and location is convenient to city
    - Outstanding teams look after the security, maintinence and cleanliness of the buildings/rooms, grounds and gardens are kept beautifully
    - College gardens are open to staff
    - College willing to invest in training of its staff
    - Staff sports and social club in place who run trips, dinners and other events for staff including retirees
    - Although head management has confusing selection of members, sub-committees are well selected and have strong direction
    - Flexible working supported generally accross the college
    - Strong community network with other colleges and Unjversity of Cambridge. Including free and subsidised training and use of facilities

    Cons

    - Parking can be an issue if you need to drive in (same for most of cambridge really)
    - The company runs on an elected council of people with mixed specialisations in irrelevant subjects who are also either conducting research or teaching , rather than full time professional, dedicated management staff. As such, there can be issues in direction of the College, or unnessesary delays in approvals within required deadlines.
    - Very little communal area dedicated to College Staff

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in a bigger dedicated staff room
    - Consider including subsidy on public transport and cycle initiatives for staff to commute into work


  4. "Working review"

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

    I worked at University of Cambridge part-time

    Pros

    Status
    Good environment
    Good pay
    Good pension
    Some good people to work with

    Cons

    complex it systems
    too much open plan office
    no subsidy on lunches
    some people too academic
    Limited parking

    Advice to Management

    streamline it systems


  5. "Post-doc"

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    Current Employee - Post Doc in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Post Doc 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 a year)

    Pros

    Environment where excellent people research together

    Cons

    Backward research facilities and equipment and expensive price compared to salary

    Advice to Management

    Relaxed research environment


  6. "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.


  7. "Goes at its own pace"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Quite a range of opportunities
    Great location
    Not very cut-throat

    Cons

    Not at all agile
    Decisions are slow and by committee
    Progression within an institution can be slow

    Advice to Management

    Hang on to the excellence whatever the pressures

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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