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Oxford University Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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Pros
  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Absolutely beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth, (in 5 reviews)

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    Stimulating but old-fashioned

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    Current Employee - Academic Lecturer/Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Academic Lecturer/Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly support staff, intellectually stimulating work, positive and intimate work environment, talented students and colleagues, interesting and lively city, good resources (labs, libraries) depending on your field

    Cons

    Lack of centralization means inefficient day-to-day operations and bad communication between departments, pay is low v cost of living, city is crowded and student-dominated, operations and general outlook can be very old-fashioned and many higher-ups are resistant to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralize and modernize

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (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
    Approves of CEO
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    Former postdoc

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to be, excellent people

    Cons

    There is nothing in particular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Research Student

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great tradition, nice town, many chances to meet others.

    Cons

    Workload really varies lab to lab, and people can be very reserved. Expensive living as well, and technological support can be rather behind (e.g. no wifi)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can be more efficient. Colleges and departments don't really talk to one another. Should be improved.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research associate

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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 an year)

    Pros

    * Lots of academic freedom.
    * Good environment for conducting interdisciplinary research.
    * Good reputation.
    * Easy to get commute to from other parts of the SE.
    * Lots of networking opportunities if you are out-going

    Cons

    * A very expensive place to live. One bedroom flats are upwards of £800, and many people have to share houses and flats.
    * Meritocratic nature of the university is such that there aren't many opportunities to progress beyond your career level without leaving the university to get elsewhere and return.
    * The city becomes very crowded with tourists and language school students in the summer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working in Oxford University

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    stimulating environment, excellent scientists and science, nice city,

    Cons

    very expensive to live especially the housing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's OK, but not as good as you can think of.......

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) The name
    2) good job security as it attracts more money/funding than many other UK universities.

    Cons

    1) Dull and boring city, 2) arrogent people, 3) very expensive city, 4) too much politics and research collaboration is not as good as you expect. Oxford is good when you have children and family here to maintain good life quality. However, if you are a young, single bachelor (and also a rising star on the peak of career). You may have to commute to London to have some fun as nothing really you can do it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Experience depends very much on where you are working within the University

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    Current Employee - Development Officer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Unique experience and steeped in history.

    Cons

    Very slow to change and tends to keep inefficient systems and staff for a long time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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

    I worked at Oxford University (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to be to learn and to meet great crowd of people

    Cons

    Too much old senseless traditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smile

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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