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Updated 19 September 2018
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  • "Really expensive to live in the city" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Very poor career progression opportunities unless you are one of the lucky few academics" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Cambridge Post-doc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Everyone working here is very intelligent, it's pretty, I pretty much make my own schedule as a post-doctoral fellow

    Cons

    The students aren't as clever as they think they are, the real estate prices mean I would never want to live here, UK Visas and Immigration SUCKS. You pay about a thousand pounds/year if you have a small family, including NHS surcharges, and Cambridge doesn't cover any of it. The library is painfully under-funded.


  2. "Research Study Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn in different departments and role.

    Cons

    Lack on progression into further roles

  3. Helpful (1)

    "not for me"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -beautiful architecture, lovely city
    -good pay
    -some interesting projects, people

    Cons

    -have to work long hours to complete work, overworked
    -overtime not paid
    -unrealistic expectations
    -short term contract, no job stability
    -experiments dont work, have to repeat many times
    -dirty, old facilities

    Advice to Management

    please dont overload your employees, it will fire back at you


  4. "Okay for students"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible, relatively good pay for young people

    Cons

    not guaranteed shifts, boring work


  5. "Good university"

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

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Very good connections and funding opportunities

    Cons

    perhaps there is more competitions and expectation placed on phd students


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Great academic network
    Brilliant training opportunities

    Cons

    Can't think of anything. Traffic?


  7. Helpful (1)

    "PhD Student in physics department"

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

    - the best minds of the world in one place
    - access to good resources
    - prestigious, hence useful for future jobs

    Cons

    - very competitive to go on to a postdoc/research fellow, and gets even harder as you progress up further to a permanent position
    - pay for giving supervisions to undergraduates is very low
    - your life quality and mental health depend very much on your PhD supervisor
    - any admin work takes months - especially ones through the Student Registry

    Advice to Management

    - better management of PhD supervisors e.g. setting up min criteria they must satisfy in order to obtain PhD students, as their eligibility varies tremendously
    - better support for well being of PhD students

  8. "Interesting job"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small city, big university, excellent students

    Cons

    lack of career progression for non academics

    Advice to Management

    Improve relationships between academics of all sorts


  9. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by (mostly) brilliant people and students!

    Cons

    The money sounds good per teaching hour, but the catch is that you need at least another 2 hours of preparation for every hour of supervisions, so the deal is actually not good. There's also no contract involved, so it's all somewhat sketchy.


  10. "Study Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Study Coordinator
    Current Employee - Study Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to network in a fast growing city

    Cons

    Cambridge is a small city which can have a quiet nightlife and the price of living is high compared to the salaries.


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