Oxford University Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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  1. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Challenging but worthwhile

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

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    The work is challenging and you are constantly learning to think on your feet and be creative and flexible in your thinking. People from many different cultures come together to work and learn from each other.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to maintain. Lack of flexibility in working hours. Equipment can be limited as a result of a lack of funding. The workplace is a little crowded.

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    Greater flexibility is required

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. High stress but incredible colleagues.

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    Current Employee - MPhil in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MPhil in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Top-quality students and faculty in a beautiful city.

    Cons

    The short trimesters leave little time for research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Laboratory Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, management and values

    Cons

    No possible progression within the department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. mostly enjoyable DPhil at Oxford

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

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

    Pros

    Stimulating research environment, lovely city

    Cons

    long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Hard Work. Intensive playing

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    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)

    Pros

    The tutorial systems are something you don't get any experience of elsewhere. The social life is also great, provided you have time. It opens the door to a lot of networking and careers events, you just have to capitalise on that on your time here

    Cons

    Constant essay crisis, meaning that you alternate between crying and drinking and procrastinating. There truly is a lot of work involved and far more than other universities

  10. Challenging atmosphere working with world top class scientists

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    upfront research topics to delve into.

    Cons

    high living costs in Oxford area.

    Recommends
  11. good

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

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

    Pros

    relative freedom, good work culture, great team

    Cons

    lack of supervision, career opportunities and stimulation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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