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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated 13 October 2017
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  1. "Standard stipend"

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Excellent environment, that stimulates great research.

    Cons

    Tough to get a 4th year funding extension, if required.


  2. "TOO TRADITIONAL"

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    Current Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great for your CV and future career

    Cons

    difficulty to adjust policies to adapt to modern times
    higher management roles given to senior science staff with no management experience

    Advice to Management

    more senior management training and reviews


  3. "Great place to work"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to do any sort of research you can think of

    Cons

    Very low salary compared to the living cost

    Advice to Management

    Please consider salary hike of postdocs who do more than 60% of the university research


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  5. "scientific data"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Scientific buzz, opportunities for collaboration

    Cons

    delegation of roles and responsibilities and support


  6. "Postdoc at Cambridge University"

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of annual leave.

    Cons

    There are very high expectations.


  7. "Postdoctoral statistician"

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, many training courses, seminars and conference talks.

    Cons

    Slow paced working environment.


  8. "Library Marketing Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royston, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royston, East of England, England

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great atmosphere to work in, with many activities available to help staffs' health and well being.

    Cons

    Not enough parking space for everyone


  9. "University Information Services: hope of a new dawn?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pension, especially for those who joined before 2011.
    Can have flexible work/life balance (though under threat).
    Recent departure of the last Director lends hope that things may finally improve, after a disasterous merger between a number of IT providers.

    Cons

    Morale at all time low.
    Managers have not been trained for their roles, and it shows.
    The mis-handled merger of the last three and a half years has seen many of our best employees leave.
    Poisonous politics at the deputy Director level (of which we have seven!).
    All new posts are short term, which invariably attracts a lower level of applicant.
    The current Director is only a short term, part time appointent, tasked with identifying the flaws of the previous incumbent. This means that there's an effective freeze on new policy.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that we're a *university* information services, and there to help keep one of the world's premier institutions at the forefront of cutting edge research and technology. This means that many times we can't just take a box-ticking solution of whatever the stock Microsoft offer for the rest of the world is, but need to find the resources to support more avant garde solutions. Also try to keep in mind that the academics pay *our* wages, and not the other way round. Hence, it's incumbent on us to come up with services that meet their needs and aspirations, and not ones which *we* may find interesting and elegant. We have enough white elephants to our name.


  10. "Very good place to be a scientist"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perform research that matters
    Brilliant co-workers

    Cons

    Cost of living in Cambridge


  11. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and research is profound.

    Cons

    Not great socially and pay lower than other Unis.


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