Oxford University Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Helpful (1)

    Even Oxford suffers from short sighted "economic" based government attitude to R+D

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Pros

    Oxford attracts some of the best people in the world, and is one of the few institutions in the UK which can and has resisted some of the more incidious administrative burdens of central government. A place where independent thought is still encouraged and can thrive, and a beautiful city in which to live as well.

    Cons

    Oxford has a world envied reputation, but has been trading on this in the global University sector for too long without sufficient investment to keep up. Some of the best people in the world still choose Oxford, given the lovely historic town and the Oxfordshire contryside which surrounds it. It's a great place to raise a family with great schools, however you need to be independently wealthy to afford to work at the University. Constant under-investment by the major (government) finding bodies is destroying the UK University research base, and this is most keenly felt in the top Universities with continuning aspirations for world leadership. The University has always made a loss on teaching, even with the recent introduction of "top up" fees, and the balance comes out of the accumulated riches over the ages. Nevertheless, Harvard has reportedly got about 10 times as much money invested as Oxford even though they started 700 years later!

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to keep good people on when funding bodies cut programmes - low pay AND job insecurity is a double blow


  2. Brilliant and supportive research environment

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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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Pros

    The University of Oxford is one of the best research institution in the world, so it is a great pleasure and privilege to work here. There are also many opportunities for training and development.

    Cons

    The University of Oxford is a very respected institution, but it is also a bit old fashioned and somehow too 'British'.

    Advice to Management

    The structure of the University of Oxford and its Colleges would benefit from a bit of modernisation to become less bureaucratic and formal.


  3. Good, good reputation, excellent research environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Recommends
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    Pros

    Good reputation, excellent facilities, good meetings, always good speakers coming, friendly people, easy to commute, more jobs, excellent research facilities and great mind

    Cons

    poor pay, poor promotion prospects, weak leadership, no career structure and support,

    Advice to Management

    improve efficiency and better communications, better career structure and training for young scientists


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  5. Good

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    no car parking on site


  6. D.Phil, post-doc

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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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
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    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    needs more investment in the university facilities


  7. Challenging but rewarding.

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Guide PhD students more during the first year of the course.


  8. Excellent work place

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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 full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    City is great, environment, people networking opportunities

    Cons

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


  9. Postdoc at University of Oxford

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Pros

    Chance to make numerous connections for future jobs

    Cons

    All depends on the group you are working in


  10. Your ideas are heard attentively by experts

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    Former Intern - Graduate Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Graduate Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I spent 3 months at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Oxford during my PhD studies. I was a great opportunity to work with state-of-the-art medical devices such as MEG and fMRI sanners, with best processing techniques. The Principal Investigators were very welcoming, we had meetings to share ideas, and the data was provided to me, so that I could develop my own ideas.

    Cons

    No compensation. Went at my own costs.


  11. Excellent first post-doc in Oxford

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment and friendly coworkers. First and second post doc positions have been similar and worthwhile. Research is fun and interesting with good development progress.

    Cons

    Teaching opportunities have been fine and easily attainable for me as I was an undergraduate here, however many colleagues haven't been able to get experience.

    Advice to Management

    Post docs should be found college affiliation.



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