Oxford University Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
85 Reviews

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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
  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 3 reviews)

  • highly competitive, no job security (in 3 reviews)

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    Research Assistant Experience

    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good administrative staff and excellent atmosphere

    Cons

    Difficult visa procedure, apart from which everything else is good

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    Good employer

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

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by leading experts. Easy to exchange ideas. Students are very strong. Beautiful location with easy access to London. Plenty of opportunities to attend conferences etc.

    Cons

    With the college based system, the department doesn't always feel cohesive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to supplement your income as a student

    Great networking opportunities

    Practical application of your skills

    Cons

    Seasonal work, limited hours available

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, lots of seminars and research talks. The culture of out-of-the box thinking is very appealing. Free lunches and dinners. The city has a lot going on, with places to go out and a proximity to London.

    Cons

    The separation of University into colleges isolates people and does not seem to serve any good purpose. Administration may not be very efficient, depending on which division you're in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    High standard

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Compensation, job standard, relaxed culture

    Cons

    The cost of living is quite high compared to even a more than average salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    All is good. Big name uni.

    Cons

    Politics and all the ego boosting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to modernise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Unique.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    General people, core academics have a very idealistic mindset. I have felt myself as Alice in Wonderland. Is definitely not what you could experience in any part of the world. I think their motto might be Work Hard! Play Hard! and they really keep themselves to this. You learn lessons and skills for a lifetime. If I would have the opportunity to become President of a country or spend say 1 year in Oxford studying, I would choose the latter one.

    Cons

    Suddenly everyone excels in what you did best in the past and thought you can only do. But Oxford's uniqueness then lies in the fact through its human centered to help you find who you really are - and add to your values...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I did not have much contact with them. Thank you for doing it - I appreciate that without them I would not have been able focus on things that were more valuable to me and hopefully to others.

    Recommends
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    Oxford University - Economics PhD

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

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

    Pros

    inspiring environment, great opportunities, good supervisors

    Cons

    scholarship opportunities for PhD students more limitd than at some other top universities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding and challenging

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    Former Employee - Lecture In Continuing Education  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecture In Continuing Education in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Global excellence in teaching and research

    Cons

    It can think too highly of itself - or at least the other academics can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Arch-conservative research in particle physics and fusion plasmas

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    Current Employee - Assistant Prof of Physics (and Trustee)  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Prof of Physics (and Trustee) in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Boilerplate science for governmental and military consultation

    Cons

    perspective may overlook contemporary trends for teaching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise more money!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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