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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
111 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    Good place to study and live

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    University of Oxford is one of the top universities in the world with great prestige. It has the greatest resources for research and study. The town of Oxford is also a great place to live.
    There are lots of research groups in this university. I am in department of Engineering Science, it contains information science, mechanics, computer science, optics, nanotechnology. If you want to have cooperation with them, it will be very convenient.

    Cons

    If you want to go to London, you will take more than one hour there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The efficiency of the administration is better to improve.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent colleagues and resources available to conduct projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Vast resources, exciting research projects, plenty to learn from team members, beautiful location, wide variety of disciplines, prestige of organisation, good transport links.

    Cons

    Low salary, difficult to progress in career, postdoctoral salaries are unsustainable, expensive city to live in, transport is good but also very expensive. Prepare to live well below the average to make it here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Income is tiered to inflation, but nobody factors in the cost of living or the expenses, especially for students who are transitioning into postdocs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Great place to be an early-career researcher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Oxford is a magnet for wonderful researchers, conferences and talks. There is always something interesting to be seen
    - The town is beautiful, very green, with very interesting museums and buildings to visit. - The unique collegiate culture provides you with a nice affiliation and facilities like college lunch.
    - Giving tutorials is a very interesting teaching experience. Lecturers do complain about heavy teaching loads, but as a postdoc my teaching load is capped, so I enjoy it.
    - The research facilitators help substantially in putting together a grant application

    Cons

    - Oxford is expensive to live in! The housing market is unhealthy
    - The pay is so-so compared to other British institutions, and does not take into account that Oxford is next to London the most expensive British city.
    - Because it's so big and because of the collegiate structure, the faculty does have a lack of coherence, I don't even know all the faculty members
    - Most research positions are temporary, and few of these make it as permanent researchers. I for one do not expect to stay on after my fellowship. To pass through for a couple of years it is fine though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great city great work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful city. International people. World class facilities

    Cons

    Research can be monotonous and working alone on a specific problem for a long time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A mixed bag...........

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good prospects and enjoyable college life

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, often poor supervision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Doctoral research in the University of Oxford.

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    Former Employee - Doctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Doctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    University of Oxford is one of the most competitive universities in the UK, which makes it a very interesting place to be a part of.

    Cons

    It is a very competitive environment that requires lots of dedication. Hours can be long and working during weekends is common among researchers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Stimulating but old-fashioned

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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