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Updated May 15, 2014
Updated May 15, 2014
85 Reviews
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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Facility, Reputation and smart people around (in 5 reviews)

  • It is a nice working environment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Small town, salary not as expected (in 3 reviews)

  • little interaction with collegues (depending on departmant/research group) (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Flexible, but terrible for families

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    Interesting 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.

    Cons

    Sad 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sort out career progression for your staff 9 this applies to all UK universities)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Can be interesting and frustrating

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    Any 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 ManagementAdvice

    A 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).

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Lab experience in Oxbridge

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Essentially 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Research Associate

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good university, good work opportunities

    Cons

    Small town, salary not as expected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    Nice city, nice reputation, nice people

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay can be improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Lovely place to work but career progression too slow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly staff

    Cons

    Painfully slow to change and adapt

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

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

    Cons

    too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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