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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
The company has good processes in place but not so many as to be overly cumbersome. The technology/products are exciting and management allows a fair amount of independence in executing to targets. The company is small enough that one individual can still make a large impact, great if you need your contributions to have real meaning. It is large enough that there is room for career growth and upward mobility for those who desire it.Cons
As a US-based arm of Oxford Instruments, there are the typical challenges associated with the company headquarters and in some cases your direct supervisor located half a world away. Oxford has invested in modern technology to close the gap, although the communications will never fully reach the same level as when all are working from the same site.RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Oxford Instruments.Interview Details
I had responded to an online ad for the position by sending in a cover letter and copy of my resume. It took a couple week for me to hear back, but I eventually received an email informing me that the company was interested in interviewing me and explaining that they would call within a day or two to schedule. They did call an schedule and I went in later that week.
After waiting for a while, I was greeted by a member of the manufacturing team, who took me on a tour of the facility and explained to me the step by step process of the manufacturing process for their x-ray tubes, and we talked a little bit about my background, experience and knowledge relevant to the company. The second part of the interview was the HR interview. This was my least favorite part, as I felt the two people who conducted the interview were a little pointed and definitely liked asking the tough questions. I was a bit nervous and would have liked to have a couple responses back, but overall, I felt ok about that part of the process. The last part of the interview process was the technical interview. This was much easier for me, as I was comfortably familiar with most of the material, processes and physics behind the x-ray tubes the company produced. This interview was in a more informal setting with friendlier people. Since my degree was in physics, instead of engineering, one of the engineers in the group of two who interviewed me, who also studied physics, told me he was going to ask slightly different questions. Both seemed very impressed with my knowledge, especially compared to previous applicants, and we ended the interview by geeking out a bit and going into some of the more advanced physics behind the technology. It was a nice ending to a good interview, and even though I didn't get the job, I thought it was a worthwhile experience.Interview Questions
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Oxford Instruments is a leading provider of high technology tools and systems for research and industry. We design and manufacture equipment that can fabricate, analyse and manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular level.
Oxford Instruments has discrete business groups operating in three sectors. This means we can focus our expertise, our technologies and our innovation on offering our customers high quality products and service that meet their stringent requirements.