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University of Cambridge Employee Reviews about "academia"

Updated 22 Nov 2019

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  1. "Graduate research assitant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great organisation, plenty of exciting labs and people

    Cons

    Like with all academia work, pay is bad

    University of Cambridge2019-09-27
  2. "A great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Cambridge, England
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    I have been working at University of Cambridge for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, lots of flexibility on working hours/days. Excellent access to training opportunities within your area of expertise and outside.

    Cons

    Anarchy of academia!

    University of Cambridge2019-11-22
  3. "postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great university and research facilities

    Cons

    no much possibilities for career in academia

    University of Cambridge2018-10-04
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    "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, excellent opportunities for learning and skills advancement, wonderful lab colleagues (PI excluded), collaborative and innovative atmosphere in general, world-renowned reputation.

    Cons

    This wasn't a fault of the University itself, as the lab wasn't based on-campus, but the lab leader ought to be investigated for bullying or at least monitored. While it was an amazing opportunity in general, the lab staff were generally scared of this person, for whom nothing is good enough, and all staff are treated like they're stupid for months, until the boss decides you're smart enough to be trusted. One lab member in particular seemed to be the target of unreasonable expectations and bullying behaviour, and with his fantastic experience, intelligence and resilience, has now moved on to a better job. The boss here has almost certainly derailed my scientific career, as the treatment I received has made me terrified to even apply to further positions or continue in academia; other staff that are still there are trying to find a way out of the lab and may even leave science altogether (which would be a damn shame as they're some of the most dedicated and talented scientists I've met).

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    University of Cambridge2018-09-08
  5. "Highly competitive but friendly"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, England
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    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is exceptional. The facilities, the opportunities, the teaching- everything

    Cons

    It is competitive. Long hours and a lot of dedication highly likely but it's the place to be if you want to succeed in academia.

    University of Cambridge2018-05-14
  6. "Studying chemical engineering at Cambridge university"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    One of the best universities in the world, get to work with the smartest people. Professors and post-docs alike are always interesting to talk to. Can learn far more than just your course.

    Cons

    Not for people who can't handle a high stress environment. Focus is entirely on academia, no focus on sports or extracurriculars. Teachings are slightly too theoretical (need more practical experience).

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    University of Cambridge2018-03-30
  7. "Short-term Research Assistant Contract in Bioinformatics"

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant 
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    I have been working at University of Cambridge for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, history, environment, work and non-work opportunities, make Cambridge a great place to be. One's experience will depend on the specific research group and department and coworkers, but as a whole, it's the place to be.

    Cons

    Mostly the nature of academia--contract-to-contract, grants funding uncertainty, the normal stress. Living costs can be high. One may complain about the weather, but it's some of the best the UK has to offer, truth be told.

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    University of Cambridge2017-09-17
  8. "Great people, great opportunities, poor pay"

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    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    The atmosphere is great, and the university offers many additional services such as career development and commercialization advice. Also location is Cambridge of course.

    Cons

    Many times these are fixed period jobs, making you feeling insecure (as always in academia). The pay is low, especially compared to relevant industrial alternative when available, and the cost of living in Cambridge if you happen to have a family.

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    University of Cambridge2017-05-27
  9. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, South West England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working, lots of funding, 33 days annual leave + bank holidays, great work-life balance

    Cons

    No job security nor permanent job prospects; Difficult career progress for early career researchers both in academia and in industry, low salaries.

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    University of Cambridge2017-02-15
  10. "Best, fast track option to professorship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
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    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Team spirit, chance to take on project responsibilities, last authorships, (limited) budget responsibilities, amazing intellectual input from bosses

    Cons

    Salary, short and tenured contracts, you basically dedicate your life to this job with small (so rather cons of academia and Cambridge is no exception)

    University of Cambridge2017-02-01
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