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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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  1. "Excellent employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A bit ad-hoc but generally good communication, flexible working hours, great location...

    Cons

    job insecurity, not much else really


  2. "Good benefits package and smart, friendly colleagues"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pension scheme (USS, as per other UK universities), lots of family friendly perks (eg 'emergency childcare' options), work with literally the smartest people on the planet, most of whom are surprisingly down to earth and genuinely lovely people

    Cons

    800 years worth of structure, governance and bureaucracy.
    Ridiculously competitive for anything above post doc level/grade.
    'Bottom up' culture means academics can do whatever they want - great if you're one of them, less good if you're not!
    Very poor career progression opportunities unless you are one of the lucky few academics
    Salary is more or less competitive with other UK universities, but the cost of living in Cambridge is prohibitive (average house price something like 16 times the average salary - highest in the country at time of writing). The medieval city is lovely, but not car friendly and is difficult to commute in to

    Advice to Management

    Take a more proactive interest in staff career progression, providing alternative career paths to lecturing (also for support/research administration staff)


  3. "Research associate"

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

    Pros

    High networking level, lot of opportunities, very nice city

    Cons

    Nothing particular to note, except the salary which could be higher


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  5. "Work hard, play harder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Cambridge opens a significant amount of doors to you as a graduate, and you will often be completing a difficult program. There are so many opportunities to you as a student which are easy to pass up or miss.

    Cons

    Don't get so absorbed in your work, producing marginally higher output, at the expense of the incredible social aspect to Cambridge. Join societies, go to formals, meet friends outside of your college and your department. You'll never get that chance again!


  6. "Not good not bad"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cam, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cam, England

    Pros

    good..Great place to work and learn

    Cons

    less salary.No extra benefits..housing is too expensive.

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  7. "University of Cambridge Research Position"

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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

    Amazing research culture and history.

    Cons

    Cambridge is quite expensive to live in.


  8. "Great benefits, poor management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Great basic benefits for all staff (yearly pay rise, online discounts, access to some college grounds)
    A very good pension scheme (USS) available for certain groups of staff
    Strong commitment to personal development
    Beautiful city with lots of amenities

    Cons

    Decision making is extremely slow as it is usually done through committees who feed into other committees.

    Severe lack of management training. Many managers have been promoted to senior positions based on longevity or academic status (regardless of the nature of their role). Individuals in these positions are often governed by a different set of HR rules to the more junior staff and are almost 'untouchable', paving the way for mismanagement.

    Fixed term contracts seem to be very common.

    University departments are disparate and you will have a very different experience depending on where you work. Typically look for reviews in the area where you are going to be working and take the others with a pinch of salt.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce management training on your staff, particularly those who insist that they do not need management training.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to develop new skills"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Laboratory Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Laboratory Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and develop. Nice people and friendly environment

    Cons

    Short time working contracts, sometimes you might get overload with tasks


  10. "University of Cambridge"

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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

    Great colleagues, collaborative research environment and ambitious projects

    Cons

    Difficult to secure a tenured post, due to them being highly competitive


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multidisciplinary research environment, which makes it easy to collaborate or get research-related feedback. A lot of great researchers all around. Plenty of pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the region for collaboration on career progression.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment in terms of long term job stability - candidates moving from outside of Cambridge area are favoured. Some level of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Restrict size of research groups in order to increase output per person rather than measuring in absolute terms. This would promote quality over quantity and should provide career benefits for human capital.


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