Oxford University Reviews

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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  1.  

    nice place to study

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student

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

    Pros

    world-class experts in the field, and world-class research facilities, and smart colleagues. Life is relaxing, and research culture in the UK in general is not as pushy as that in USA

    Cons

    very expensive to live, and salary is general too low to ensure a truly comfortable life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Feudal-In a good and a bad way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    Fascinating people, Some remaining emphasis upon scholarship. Can be a wonderful place to pursue your unique passion. Can be supportive of genius, but only the right kind.

    Cons

    Feudal! Fewer opportunities for women. Things really shut down after 5pm. Not very cross disciplinary. Increasingly corporate and not accepting of differences or 'unsexy' academic topics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    High expectations for no reward or offer of permanent work!

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

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

    Pros

    The majority of the team are helpful and pleasant to work with.
    The holidays are good but I do not get them as a temporary worker!
    The hours are reasonably flexible - if you need to get away on time generally you can
    The pay scales are pretty reasonable

    Cons

    There are a few obstructive individuals who make life difficult.
    There are high expectations of a temporary worker - in terms of hours
    There is an on going bullying culture that is not being tackled
    There is a lack of direction at times and clarity on what is required
    Highly reactive environment

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    Smart people, good work experience, but poor quality of life on the salaries available to postdocs.

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

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

    Pros

    The lab I work in has lived up to my exceptions. My supervisor and lab mates are intelligent, friendly, well spoken, and very hard working. As anywhere, it's hard to find a good work/life balance, but I no one is pressured to work beyond a standard work day.
    The labs I've been in are well funded, well equipped and well stocked.
    The city is beautiful. There is amazing architecture, as well as wonderful countryside walks very nearby.

    Cons

    The departmental bureaucracy can be painful to interact with.
    Oxford (and the south of England in general) is expensive to live in, and the postdoc positions do not pay enough to make living here truly comfortable.
    The university college system does not work well for postdocs. Opinions vary, but I feel that the system tends to make socializing more difficult - i.e. it tends to be isolating.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    i am a postdoc in genetics

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Project Manager  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Project Manager in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    if you want to do cutting-edge science, and the projects are truly challenging.

    Cons

    it's low paid, could be frustrating and sometime political

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    A great experience, surrounded by people you have a lot to learn from

    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work as a lecturer in independent: you have a lot of autonomy, you manage your own time, you get to teach bright students, and learn a lot from your colleagues. The work-life balance depends on you, since research never ends and you need to know when to stop.

    Cons

    Salaries are not great in academia; also, if you do not have a permanent position you are very likely to have to move to another part of the country for a different job; there is pressure to publish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lots of benefits in terms of housing and meals, which somewhat make up for the low salary.

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