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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.


  2. "Best place to launch a career in science"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student 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

    Great opportunities.
    Lots of funding.
    Work among Nobel prize winner.
    Access to new cutting edge technologies (although this varies between departments).

    Cons

    PIs are good researchers but not necessarily good bosses.

    High pressure environment.

    Some departments are very old which means you dont get AC in the summer or proper heating in the winter.


  3. "Early Stage Researcher at Cambridge"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Support and opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a variety of courses and programmes organised by the University

    Cons

    There is a highly selective hiring process.

    Advice to Management

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  5. "research associate experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    international environment, smart and inspiring people, career opportunities, great career service and support

    Cons

    salary is not so big comparing with living expenses in Cambridge, short term contracts for a postdoc, lack of support from PI to fund going to conferences, increased bureaucracy may lose the best staff sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    better communication and secure work environment would keep the talented people


  6. "Research Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Cambridge prestige
    good academic environment and clever people to work with

    Cons

    Competition is high among researchers


  7. "CAMbassador"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time

    Pros

    Lovely staff, good pay considering how enjoyable the work is. Very flexible working hours and no pressure to work more than you are able to.

    Cons

    There are no cons to being a CAMbassador

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Student life at Cambridge"

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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
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work with the absolute top of your field of research. Access to funding and equipment as good as it gets in Europe.

    Cons

    Short PhD program (3-4 years) with no taught courses is quite different to those in the US or elsewhere.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Really great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting work, given responsibility from the start and working hours are nice.

    Cons

    Can't think of any reasons really

    Advice to Management

    Keep up doing what you're doing!


  10. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Stimulating and exciting environment. Great people.

    Cons

    Slow progress and not great salaries


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent employed"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NIHR Research Fellow
    Current Employee - NIHR Research Fellow

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

    Pros

    A collaborative and performance-drive environment. Excellent research resources and opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, expensive homes.


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