Oxford University Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. Research Fellow

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work place. One gets the chance to bounce ideas with amazing brains. I would definitely recommend working for Oxford University.

    Cons

    There is nothing to mention here except that Oxford is a small city but it is only one hour from London.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work.


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    Better than the dole.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incremental salary. Eighteen words worth of blather to hide the fact that frankly that's about it. It really is that bad.

    Cons

    Annual salary increments mean that while you stay it seems rosy, but the moment you come to look for work outside no-one will match that salary and you end up losing out through being too expensive to employ. Management structure appears to date from 12th century. Changing anything takes centuries if not millenia. Senior scientists are untouchable because they bring money in so however big a bully they are no-one will do anything about them. Far too many have risen to the top not like cream but like the lumps in a septic tank (look it up). Total lack of career structure for technical staff means you may well find yourself unemployable if you stay for more than a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Forget the rubbish about history and create a structure where staff have career progression, and the sphincters can be culled from the senior staff genepool.


  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. Being a student

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's great - interesting tutors, wide variety of options. Studying Lit hum which i really like, not sure about future income but pretty happy with opportunities so far.

    Cons

    Lots of work, not incredible links with industry. Arguably not the best place for employment. Some colleagues are very work focused etc etc etc


  8. Really exciting place to be with very hard working and intelligent people

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

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

    Pros

    Free access to several journals Work with great like minded individuals that will push you to be better The academic staff are world class. Great teaching opportunities

    Cons

    Some people are too big-headed, even when they aren't that good. The college system is incredibly annoying The students' union is almost non-existent.


  9. Great work culture!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Flexible work hours --Work with the smartest minds in the area of research --Excellent brand recognition

    Cons

    --Being an academic institution salaries are not comparable with the industry


  10. Oxford opens a lot of doors

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    Former Employee - Professor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Professor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Oxford has a broad range of researchers at top level and access to fantastic students. You'll meet very interesting individuals becoming Life long friends. The University has high international standing and being a professor at Oxford opens a lot of doors.

    Cons

    Hard to get into the colledge Life if you are a scientist and there are few informal meeting Points. It is easy to get lost in Oxford and not meet up with too many scientists if you are not proactive.


  11. Excellent research institution, opportunities to expand into teaching. World-leading collaborations easily developed.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Research facilities are world class. The heritage and ambition are obvious. Lovely location.

    Cons

    Tenure difficult to come by. Expensive city to live in. Collegiate system of employment and joint contracts are baffling.



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