Oxford University Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Oxford University Chancellor Christopher Francis Patten
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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 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work-life balance, often poor supervision (in 5 reviews)

  • very expensive to live, and salary is general too low to ensure a truly comfortable life (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Pretty happy to work here.

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hugely exciting research. A varied work place. Get to meet people from all backgrounds.

    Cons

    I dont think there are any cons to working here.


  2. Careers Adviser

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    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive and knowledgeable colleagues. In this part of the organisation, management encourages innovation and is interested in finding good new ideas that work, and accepts that sometimes new things won't work as well as planned.

    Cons

    You do the work for its intrinsic value and satisfaction rather than the pay cheque. However, working conditions, atmosphere and flexible working make up for this somewhat.

    Advice to Management

    Across the University as a whole, management is not very coherent: too defensive of its own patch and power base rather than strategic; too bureaucratic and unable to respond quickly and flexibly.


  3. Great for the great

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, no limits other than your own.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic and hidebound.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


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  5. Ancient University

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the oldest universities in the world. It is ranking as top 5 university. It has excellent working condition and very mature academic system. Research is top ranking, including lots of famous professors.

    Cons

    Oxford is a small town, relatively far away from London. The traffic is crowd here, you even can not find a place to park a car. Live expenses is high.

    Advice to Management

    I think one of the most import thing that the university should do is to increase the efficiency on everything. Such as the process for purchase and funding management.


  6. No many opportunities within the university

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    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours. Great for networking.

    Cons

    Temporal contract. It isnot easy to get teaching hours. Oxford is an expensive place to live.

    Advice to Management

    Openly discuss career prospects with the employee


  7. Good place to be

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of support by experienced colleagues and the reputation of the University opens many doors. There is also a lot of opportunities for collaboration.

    Cons

    As junior faculty, there is a lot of pressure to over-perform, publish highly and attract lots of grant money. But I am assuming that's no different at any other top university.


  8. Challenging but worthwhile

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is challenging and you are constantly learning to think on your feet and be creative and flexible in your thinking. People from many different cultures come together to work and learn from each other.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to maintain. Lack of flexibility in working hours. Equipment can be limited as a result of a lack of funding. The workplace is a little crowded.

    Advice to Management

    Greater flexibility is required


  9. High stress but incredible colleagues.

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    Current Employee - MPhil in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MPhil in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top-quality students and faculty in a beautiful city.

    Cons

    The short trimesters leave little time for research.


  10. mostly enjoyable DPhil at Oxford

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating research environment, lovely city

    Cons

    long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth,


  11. Helpful (1)

    Hard Work. Intensive playing

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    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The tutorial systems are something you don't get any experience of elsewhere. The social life is also great, provided you have time. It opens the door to a lot of networking and careers events, you just have to capitalise on that on your time here

    Cons

    Constant essay crisis, meaning that you alternate between crying and drinking and procrastinating. There truly is a lot of work involved and far more than other universities



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