Oxford University Reviews

Updated August 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. Postdoc

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Superb environment, interesting work, supportive staff

    Cons

    Delayed reimbursement of work travel costs


  2. 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


  3. nice place to study

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Research Fellow Marie Curie

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    amazing environment great technical support many experts

    Cons

    extremely intensive my supervisor was always busy with other more important things spent to much time in the lab


  6. Pretty happy to work here.

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hugely exciting research. A varied work place. Get to meet people from all backgrounds.

    Cons

    I dont think there are any cons to working here.


  7. Great place to work, if a little dusty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by truly brilliant people, lots of whom have a strong academic background in a variety of subject areas. Autonomy is variable but generally good.

    Cons

    There can be a prevailing attitude of 'it's been this way for 600 years, so why change it?' Sometimes there's a good reason!

    Advice to Management

    Some of Oxford's fustiness is discouraging talented people.


  8. Careers Adviser

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    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Supportive and knowledgeable colleagues. In this part of the organisation, management encourages innovation and is interested in finding good new ideas that work, and accepts that sometimes new things won't work as well as planned.

    Cons

    You do the work for its intrinsic value and satisfaction rather than the pay cheque. However, working conditions, atmosphere and flexible working make up for this somewhat.

    Advice to Management

    Across the University as a whole, management is not very coherent: too defensive of its own patch and power base rather than strategic; too bureaucratic and unable to respond quickly and flexibly.


  9. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn a lot of stuffs

    Cons

    low funding for internationals, not enough for room rent


  10. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    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.


  11. Great for the great

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, no limits other than your own.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic and hidebound.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.



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