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Oxford University Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
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Pros
  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Absolutely beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth, (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Well established and a good name to work for

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well funded and equipped research setting where almost anything becomes possible due to the massive amount of money and connections that come with working here. Lots of bright and committed colleagues which can really help push research forward.

    Cons

    Individual experience depends on your direct manager. Work-life balance is probably as bad as in any world leading research centre. Very difficult to get a permanent position. The salary is not in line with living costs, it should really come with a London style weighting as rents and house prices are considerably higher than the UK average.

  2.  

    High expectations for no reward or offer of permanent work!

    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The majority of the team are helpful and pleasant to work with.
    The holidays are good but I do not get them as a temporary worker!
    The hours are reasonably flexible - if you need to get away on time generally you can
    The pay scales are pretty reasonable

    Cons

    There are a few obstructive individuals who make life difficult.
    There are high expectations of a temporary worker - in terms of hours
    There is an on going bullying culture that is not being tackled
    There is a lack of direction at times and clarity on what is required
    Highly reactive environment

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, good work experience, but poor quality of life on the salaries available to postdocs.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The lab I work in has lived up to my exceptions. My supervisor and lab mates are intelligent, friendly, well spoken, and very hard working. As anywhere, it's hard to find a good work/life balance, but I no one is pressured to work beyond a standard work day.
    The labs I've been in are well funded, well equipped and well stocked.
    The city is beautiful. There is amazing architecture, as well as wonderful countryside walks very nearby.

    Cons

    The departmental bureaucracy can be painful to interact with.
    Oxford (and the south of England in general) is expensive to live in, and the postdoc positions do not pay enough to make living here truly comfortable.
    The university college system does not work well for postdocs. Opinions vary, but I feel that the system tends to make socializing more difficult - i.e. it tends to be isolating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    i am a postdoc in genetics

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Project Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Project Manager in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    if you want to do cutting-edge science, and the projects are truly challenging.

    Cons

    it's low paid, could be frustrating and sometime political

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Research Student

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great tradition, nice town, many chances to meet others.

    Cons

    Workload really varies lab to lab, and people can be very reserved. Expensive living as well, and technological support can be rather behind (e.g. no wifi)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can be more efficient. Colleges and departments don't really talk to one another. Should be improved.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Lots of academic freedom.
    * Good environment for conducting interdisciplinary research.
    * Good reputation.
    * Easy to get commute to from other parts of the SE.
    * Lots of networking opportunities if you are out-going

    Cons

    * A very expensive place to live. One bedroom flats are upwards of £800, and many people have to share houses and flats.
    * Meritocratic nature of the university is such that there aren't many opportunities to progress beyond your career level without leaving the university to get elsewhere and return.
    * The city becomes very crowded with tourists and language school students in the summer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's OK, but not as good as you can think of.......

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) The name
    2) good job security as it attracts more money/funding than many other UK universities.

    Cons

    1) Dull and boring city, 2) arrogent people, 3) very expensive city, 4) too much politics and research collaboration is not as good as you expect. Oxford is good when you have children and family here to maintain good life quality. However, if you are a young, single bachelor (and also a rising star on the peak of career). You may have to commute to London to have some fun as nothing really you can do it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    postdoctoral research in Oxford

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Academically stimulating environment, interesting people allround. Tip: as a postdoc make an effort to join a college / other social environment.

    Cons

    Somewhat transient and very student oriented. Could do with a better set-up for postdoctoral researchers that are new in town.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    good and bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - research groups that work to understand the genetic foundation of human disease
    - multidisciplinary research
    - on the edge seminars and talks
    - in- house services like sequencing etc

    Cons

    - car parking
    - long working hours
    - equipment getting old and brakes often which means a lot of down-time
    - badly organised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a positive experience but it is a long way off perfect

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You have a lot of freedom to pursue your own ideas. You tend to come across a good quality of other scientists to work with, not always but certainly more often than not. There are always talks from big players in the field, either yours or in other fields. Depends massively on your supervisor, but there does seem reasonable funding around to help your research.

    Cons

    If your ideas you have don't result in a decent publication or two every 2-3 years, you will find it tough in academia. Luck plays a big role but also the output and attitude of those around you. Being a post-doc for a long time with low job security can be a bit of a painful experience. Supervisors of labs were selected as good scientists, and not managers, so labs can end up run badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisors of labs vary massively in their ability to be managers, which in their defence was not what they were selected for. Some training, and accountability for bad practice would help.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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