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Updated Jul 16, 2019

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University of Cambridge CEO Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
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  • "Like with all academia work, pay is bad(in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very interesting environment Lovely colleagues Good annual leave entitlement Good pension Flexibility

    Cons

    Salaries not very high Career progression is not very easy

    University of Cambridge2019-07-03
  2. "Really nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful, holidays are great, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Not much career progression - this might be depending on role and department

    University of Cambridge2019-07-16
  3. "Great uni to get an experience as a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for personal and professional development, free courses, support, events to enhance networking. A vibrant uni and city.

    Cons

    Career progression might be a big challenge. Many postdocs in my lab are true veterans, it is not uncommon to be stuck for a decade in that position.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise the need for professional growth of the postdocs. Line managers should have an annual discussion with postdocs about their prospects of professional development.

    University of Cambridge2019-06-06
  4. "Postdoctoral Research Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cambridge, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Advantages: Flexible working hours; Develop state of art research; Prestigious Institution; Offers a wide variety of training programs;

    Cons

    Disadvantages: Precarious contracts; Limited career progression; Lack of informal spaces;

    University of Cambridge2018-12-03
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Never again"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Part of a word-renowned institution Groundbreaking research

    Cons

    High staff turnover Lack of forward thinking Poor management - staff communication Distrust between staff and management Extreme pay gaps between workers and senior management (who earn 70K+) No opportunity for development, career progression / promotion, training etc Abhorrently rude staff in facilities and research teams Disorganised chaos, I've never seen anything this bad

    University of Cambridge2018-11-11
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stable but boring"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and benefits (including pension); Contributing to a world-leading University.

    Cons

    Tiny cog in a huge machine; Lack of career progression, 'job-hop' around Departments to get anywhere; Archaic processes and technology, change is slow and tedious.

    University of Cambridge2018-08-21
  7. "Fun and engaging with lots of training"

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    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

    University of Cambridge2018-02-23
  8. "You have to perform very highly as a postdoc to get any recognition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Flexible working hours. Generous holidays.

    Cons

    Limited career progression opportunities. Absent bosses. Leadership responsibilities dumped on younger staff without recognition

    University of Cambridge2017-12-15
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits package and smart, friendly colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for 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

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    Advice to Management

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

    University of Cambridge2017-05-18
  10. "truly inspiring environment"

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    Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
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    I worked at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    very efficient admin inspiring environment world class resources intellectually gratifying

    Cons

    career progression is slow. not many opportunities

    Advice to Management

    to preserve the reputation of the university put a system in place to prevent and report scientific fraud (publications)

    University of Cambridge2017-04-06
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