Oxford University
4.1 of 5 73 reviews
www.ox.ac.uk Oxford, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Oxford University Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
Oxford University – Oxford – “University of Oxford, Computer Science Department”

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4.1 73 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

(18 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The city is awesome, and a great place to live"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Top people to work with and a beautiful city to live in"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "highly competitive, no job security"
    in 3 reviews
  • "A bit old fashioned and a little too 'British'"
    in 3 reviews
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Very relaxed environment & a nice level of autonomy in managing my work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time

ProsGreat city, relaxed environment with good facilities. Treated like an adult and motivated to perform & learn new skills.

ConsRed tape in certain areas, as I had expected. There are a lot of people who are "set in their ways", but this is more amusing than off-putting.

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Excellent work place

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

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

ProsCity is great, environment, people networking opportunities

ConsCollege affiliation can be tricky to get at times outside standard channels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging but rewarding.

PhD Student (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

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

ProsYou work with extremely intelligent people. You have opportunity to learn a lot but you need to reach for the knowledge as it will not be served to you.

ConsLong hours, low pay and no social recognition for being scientist. As every University, Oxford is very political.

Advice to Senior ManagementGuide PhD students more during the first year of the course.

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

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D.Phil, post-doc

Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University part-time for less than a year

Prosone of the leading universities in the world, collegiate culture, excellent reputation, traditional academic values, top scientists, efficient administration

Conslow pay, no job security unless a permanent member of the university

Advice to Senior Managementneeds more investment in the university facilities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Database Manager (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time for less than a year

ProsLots of holiday, pleasent working environment, easy cycle acess to work

Consno car parking on site

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Academic Biomedical Research

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

I worked at Oxford University full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTop notch research in biomedicine

ConsNo career development, poor contract offerings

Advice to Senior ManagementGet in line with Europe

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible place to work or put a loved on in

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Oxford University full-time

ProsThe food served is of great quality

ConsPlace smells
Nursing staff and management or inept

Advice to Senior ManagementFire existing management staff and hire qualified people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This would be a good place for people who are only career oriented.

Assistant Editor (Former Employee)
Chennai (India)

I worked at Oxford University full-time for more than a year

Prosbrand name, salary, other benefits like reimbursements and

Consinability to find work-life balance, more pressure, a transparent communication channel is not present

Advice to Senior ManagementImproving the work culture would benefit the organization.

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

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Good, but one must get used to the lack of central authority and the diffuse nature of any leadership.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Oxford University

ProsGood benefits and salary. Many extra perks to go with working in one of the oldest universities in the world. Wonderful people from all across the globe.

ConsThere is a serious lack of direction in the university due to the focus of most of the colleges being upon themselves.

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exciting & inspiring research but standard of living could be better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Oxford University

Pros- very bright colleagues, generally collaborative atmosphere
- ability to concentrate on high-quality research
- funding to go to conference to present papers
- interesting invited talks by people from academia and industry
- good staff canteen
- Oxford has beautiful parks, a wide selection of restaurants and excellent classical music
- lots of clubs and activities offered by Colleges
- good superannuation scheme

Cons- cost of living very high, especially for families
  (rents, public transportation, food, heating, childcare)
- remuneration does not compensate for these costs
- quality standard of accommodation low (despite high prices)
- the city of Oxford isn't cosy
  (drunks, crowded with tourists in summer, many deprived & homeless people)
- long walk between connecting buses
- riding a bike is risky, as there isn't much space

Advice to Senior Managementbetter support for families

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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