Oxford University Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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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. PhD

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing research happening at Oxford

    Cons

    It is academia - so things can be slow, but slow and steady wins the race sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management


  2. nice place to study

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    world-class experts in the field, and world-class research facilities, and smart colleagues. Life is relaxing, and research culture in the UK in general is not as pushy as that in USA

    Cons

    very expensive to live, and salary is general too low to ensure a truly comfortable life.


  3. Being a PhD student in the medical sciences at the University of Oxford

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of smart people
    Good mentorship
    Good pay
    PhD programs offer lab rotations

    Cons

    Quality of management/mentorship varies substantially by department

    Advice to Management

    Give as many PhD students as possible the opportunity to rotate through multiple labs to make an informed decision about where to work.


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  5. Great for the great

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, no limits other than your own.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic and hidebound.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  6. A great place to work

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    Former Employee - IT Officer
    Former Employee - IT Officer

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Great pension scheme - The best
    * Staff enjoy a host of benefits: Sports facilities, Free food, Access to almost all available lectures and study material, Access to conferences and seminars as well as libraries
    * Very secure employment contracts and policies regarding employment matters
    * Great flexibility for parents and those with care commitments
    * Great social events for staff
    * Oxford is a nice place to work/live in

    Cons

    The Cons are specific to IT roles within the University and do not apply to other types of roles:
    * Relatively lower salaries (compared to market)
    * Opportunities for growth are scarce due to the limited number of Technical staff per college or institute


  7. Ancient University

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    One of the oldest universities in the world. It is ranking as top 5 university. It has excellent working condition and very mature academic system. Research is top ranking, including lots of famous professors.

    Cons

    Oxford is a small town, relatively far away from London. The traffic is crowd here, you even can not find a place to park a car. Live expenses is high.

    Advice to Management

    I think one of the most import thing that the university should do is to increase the efficiency on everything. Such as the process for purchase and funding management.


  8. research assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    scientifically exciting environment in an international context

    Cons

    low salaries compared to the life expenses


  9. No many opportunities within the university

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    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours. Great for networking.

    Cons

    Temporal contract. It isnot easy to get teaching hours. Oxford is an expensive place to live.

    Advice to Management

    Openly discuss career prospects with the employee


  10. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Current Employee - DPhil Student

    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

    Access to broad range of Journals and books. Very nice libraries. Excellent team of knowledgeable person to discuss results with. State of the art experimental equipment.

    Cons

    Weather not always good. Office noisy, people talk laud. Training to use some of the equipment could take half a year to be arranged. Equipment broken often and takes time to fix.


  11. Good place to be

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow 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

    There is a lot of support by experienced colleagues and the reputation of the University opens many doors. There is also a lot of opportunities for collaboration.

    Cons

    As junior faculty, there is a lot of pressure to over-perform, publish highly and attract lots of grant money. But I am assuming that's no different at any other top university.



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