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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated 13 December 2017
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  1. "Postdoctoral statistician"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


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

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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
    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.


  8. "Early Stage Researcher at Cambridge"

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    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

    -


  9. "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


  10. "Research Associate"

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    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


  11. "CAMbassador"

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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 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!


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