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  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Top people to work with and a beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work-life balance, often poor supervision (in 5 reviews)

  • very expensive to live, and salary is general too low to ensure a truly comfortable life (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Unsure where the money goes

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get one-to-one tuition with some of the world's most talented and intelligent tutors.
    You get a good network of people who are likely to succeed.
    Excellent extra-curricular opportunities.

    Cons

    Sports facilities not great
    Can be queasy surrounded by such driven people all the time
    Seems like if you do a humanities subject, all the money you pay is largely to subside science subjects.
    Lectures often not useful.
    A lot of work sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on humanities / social sciences


  2. Well established and a good name to work for

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

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (Less than a 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.


  3. 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 a 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


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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. i am a postdoc in genetics

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  7. Research Student

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Research associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    n/a


  10. Helpful (1)

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    good and bad

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Listen to employees feedback.



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