University of Cambridge
4.2 of 5 79 reviews
www.cam.ac.uk Cambridge, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

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    Flexible, but terrible for families

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting work. Good prospects if you get there quickly. Good "exit" support - UofCam has cought on that they have thousands of early research career staff who have no chance of progressing to a handfull of advanced academic positions.

    ConsSad to say but If you like research, this is a place to vacate as soon as possible! You need to get into a PI or another university postdoc very quickly. Attempting to do research for longer in a postdoc position will just leave you worse off then those who left early and you will be working really hard mean time, at phD students pace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSort out career progression for your staff 9 this applies to all UK universities)

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    Can be interesting and frustrating

    Computer Officer (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsAs a computer officer/engineer working in university-wide projects, the scope of work can be exhilarating as one can be working with some of the top research minds in the world. It still has a final salary pension too (though watered down for employees that joined after October 2011), which in this day and age is like gold dust.

    ConsAny sort of change tends to be fought against, and the promotion prospects of non-academics (especially tenured ones) are non existant, being done on a strictly dead man's shoes approach. The culture will vary widely depending in which group/department you work. Empire building is rife, and the politics at the higher levels of university administration are so frought that they tangibly impact on the university's lack of progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of lip service is paid to being dynamic and having buzzword laden goals, but hardly anything of useful consequence is ever really carried through. My advice would be to stop having never ending reviews that are then constantly watered down, and give far more responsibility to technical workers lower down the chain of command (and who actually know what their users and co-workers want).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lab experience in Oxbridge

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsGreat exposure to high end research. Fascinating learning experience in the field I was working on (I don't think the specific field is relevant). A lot of flexibility on the job though. The people (esp. Phd Students) were nice and easy going.

    ConsEssentially no management or support. Academia culture is really far from corporate culture: I was left without any guidance, with a mere objectives. My project manager decided to leave for the US for half of my stay, and then I did not got to have an alternative supervisor. In the end I did not learn as much as I would have expected.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsGood university, good work opportunities

    ConsSmall town, salary not as expected

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice city, nice reputation, nice people

    ConsPay isn't good, job is contract, not stable

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay can be improved

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lovely place to work but career progression too slow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and friendly staff

    ConsPainfully slow to change and adapt

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood environment, good people, good research facilities, libraries, canteen

    Constoo much politics and behind the scenes games, salary is not adequate, managers do what they please, human resources department is very politically correct but useless

    Advice to Senior Managementto squabble less and actually do the job that they are paid to do, also too much red tape overall

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