Oxford University
4.1 of 5 78 reviews
www.ox.ac.uk Oxford, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Oxford University Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
Oxford University – Oxford – “University of Oxford, Computer Science Department”

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Pros:
  • "The town of Oxford is also a great place to live"
    in 5 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'"
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    Decent pay, good career support and courses, great reputation

    Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsReputation is excellent for future employment.
    Research is not notch.
    City is small enough to not feel overwhelming.

    ConsServices can be a little 2nd world (e.g IT).
    Quality of support entirely dependent on PI, not University.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut a university wide scheme in place to ensure all staff are routinely assessed for developmental needs.

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

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    Great researching resources and students; poor salaries, employment rights and support

    Tutor and Instructor (Former Employee)
    Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsThe students are ambitious and wonderful to teach (mostly), and the libraries and community of scholars is vibrant and ambitious, if occasionally overly-competitive or a few years behind the trends.

    ConsFew, and increasingly fewer, tenured jobs, with more emphasis on by-hour and adjunct teaching, which means no payment for marking and prep. I was once told that, because I was based at a different college to the one I was tutoring for and was a grad student at the time -- that I had no right to photocopy for my students and that therefore any photocopies I needed for class would come out of my £22 per (classroom) hour wage. In general, Oxford knows that the brand has capital, and that academics cannot be choosy about their jobs in this market, and it seems to take full advantage of these facts by treating their employees as people who should be grateful just to be there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProfessionalise your approach: ensure that everyone ranging from full professors and chairs to graduate tutors can benefit from salary and per-hour wage transparency, a clear year-by-year salary/wage ladder, and a federalised expectation of what colleges should be providing to their tutors outside of basic wage and/or salary. In general, federalise teaching provision and payment as much as possible: opportunities, hierarchies and support ranges far too drastically from college to college.

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

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    Overall a positive experience but it is a long way off perfect

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

    ProsYou have a lot of freedom to pursue your own ideas. You tend to come across a good quality of other scientists to work with, not always but certainly more often than not. There are always talks from big players in the field, either yours or in other fields. Depends massively on your supervisor, but there does seem reasonable funding around to help your research.

    ConsIf your ideas you have don't result in a decent publication or two every 2-3 years, you will find it tough in academia. Luck plays a big role but also the output and attitude of those around you. Being a post-doc for a long time with low job security can be a bit of a painful experience. Supervisors of labs were selected as good scientists, and not managers, so labs can end up run badly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupervisors of labs vary massively in their ability to be managers, which in their defence was not what they were selected for. Some training, and accountability for bad practice would help.

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    Good working experience

    Database Administrator (Former Employee)
    Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsGreat and interesting collegues, supportive work environment, good and supportive bosses.

    Conslimited opportunities for advancement for temps, interns and contract workers, very difficult to get a permanent position, especially if you're not a UK citizen,it ahs nothing to do with you having excellent qualifications and fantastic working experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Postdoc at University of Oxford

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

    ProsChance to make numerous connections for future jobs

    ConsAll depends on the group you are working in

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

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    Very relaxed environment & a nice level of autonomy in managing my work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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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