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University of Cambridge Reviews

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. "Fun and engaging with lots of training"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Really interesting and varied work where you feel like you are making a difference

    Cons

    Poor opportunities for career progression

    Advice to Management

    Salary should reflect the level of responsibility


  2. "Cambridge Student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent teaching and facilities, along with a host of extracurricular opportunities.

    Cons

    Heavy workload and little down time, making it difficult to take advantage of all the opportunities available.

    Advice to Management

    There is a noticeable increase in difficulty with each passing year in terms of the material each successive generation of students is expected to learn. It would be nice to see an effort to remove older, more redundant content and replace it with new content rather than simply adding content each year.

  3. "PhD Student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, most people enthusiastic about their work

    Cons

    While most people are willing to discuss collaboration, it is often very difficult to get them to follow through and coordinate


  4. "Graduate Student - PhD course in Medicine at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality research institute provides access to numerous academic opportunities and state of the art instrumentation.

    Cons

    Academic standard so high you'll work yourself to burn out and a prestigious degree.


  5. "It's ok , sort of..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Evening Invigilator in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Evening Invigilator in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are nice, and the students can be interesting if challenging.

    Cons

    Out of hours service means unsocial work pattern.


  6. "Overworked and Underpaid"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many departments are relaxed and not 'corporate'; multi-cultural; meet so many great people

    Cons

    Very low salaries; administrative jobs usually have workload of 2 jobs; support by managers is minimum, as they battle against the bureaucracy as well; Culture and values depend on department you work for; No consistency across University

    Advice to Management

    Look at your turnover and decide whether it's worth rewarding employees appropriately


  7. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Excellent facilities and support services

    Cons

    Low salary based on qualifications

  8. "Scientific Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the projects are interesting if you get a chance to work on them.

    Cons

    Lower salary compared to a number of other UK universities.
    Much lower salary compared to industry.
    No career advancement opportunities.
    No benefits.
    Experience you get at 90% of the cases is irrelevant to industry and you might have to get a graduate job in order to move to industry, even if you have years of experience in a university.

    Most of the time your job's description does not matter to your boss. Most of the time you might asked to do tasks that are irrelevant to software engineering.

    Based on my experience I cannot recommend software engineers to work there. If you are interested on writing software for scientific applications get a job to a startup or any company that develop these kind of technologies.


  9. "PhD Candidate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, best University in UK. Much better than Oxford.

    Cons

    Not much really, great place


  10. "PhD Student, Mathematics"

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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

    Pros

    Amazing people, lots of academic freedom, and many interesting and influential guests.

    Cons

    Location (removed from main city).


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