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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
93 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is great, with sufficient leave entitlement and flexible working arrangements (in 6 reviews)

  • Very nice academia environment and full of smart people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • A small town, that offers little to do outside of work (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Excellent institution, unique culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The history and reputation of the university give it a great gravitational pull, so you will literally work and study with excellent people from around the world. It is located in a beautiful town, near to London, with a high quality of life.

    Cons

    The history and culture is have a lot of inertia, and most administrative decisions are made based on precedent. The complex interactions between colleges and departments, and the lack of a clear central authority, make for a diverse range of climates. None of these are "cons," per se, but they are important characteristic of the culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    phd student . .

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    Current Employee - PhD in Cambridge, MD
    Current Employee - PhD in Cambridge, MD

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time

    Pros

    one of best place to study

    Cons

    one of best place in the world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good place

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    post doc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    great experience and connections to wider university and facilities

    Cons

    job insecurity as a post doc, expensive place to rent/buy home

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  5.  

    Great security but poor progression

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The university is a good place to work. Management are flexible on leave, the pay is good, and the job security is outstanding.

    Cons

    It's not highly pressurised. A good place to work if your career isn't your main focus, perhaps! In the administrative divisions, there is a huge amount of political nonsense between senior management, internally and external to the division that I work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a can do attitude- please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work environment but lots of room for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues willing to help and dedicate their time.
    The work life balance is overall good. Lots of opportunities for personal development and capacity to develop and implement your own ideas.

    Cons

    Pay is not good.
    Recruitment processes is not relevant in some cases
    Lack of direction especially from middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce KPIs to improve performance and productivity.
    Introduce 360 reviews.
    Change some middle managers and quality of work will surely improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A breadth of expertise condensed in one place.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student and Previously Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student and Previously Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    If you're in any kind of research Cambridge is great to find experts in almost any kind of field. There is always something interesting going on that can stimulate your interests and desire for social interaction.
    From one research head who changed universities I've heard that reviewers of journals are far less strict with publications coming from Cambridge.
    The careers service is fantastic.

    Cons

    Sometimes I find that the university is just working very hard on keeping up this image of superiority when, really, the people who work and study there as PhDs are probably not that much smarter than at other universities.
    PhD projects tend to be very risky so that if you succeed you'll have an awesome publication but if you don't, as many do (even the really smart ones), then you're leaving your PhD without a paper and potentially a lot of frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More reasonable prices for the university gym. The price is completely unjustified, looking at other great gyms in the area but with some sports clubs you have to join it nonetheless.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent environment for research.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment for reasearch, and being surrounded by intelligent academics.

    Cons

    A small town, that offers little to do outside of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great, relaxed, smart people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    Clear cut payscale with yearly bonuses and a generous pension.

    Cons

    Lack of high quality software developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Review of the research fellow in University of Cambridge

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    No teaching obligation, nice weather

    Cons

    salary a little bit low

  11.  

    Working at the University of Cambridge was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student/Post Doc in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student/Post Doc in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance; beautiful town and countryside; small enough that you can walk and/or bike everywhere; no need for a car; world class research environment/infrastructure; very close to Stansted airport and London; the University's colleges are a great environment for socialising with people with diverse cultural and academic backgrounds.

    Cons

    Relatively expensive in comparison to other English towns; if you are single and not affiliated to a college you might get bored

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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