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Oxford University Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
101 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.  

    nice place to study

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (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.  

    mostly enjoyable DPhil at Oxford

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating research environment, lovely city

    Cons

    long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Hard Work. Intensive playing

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

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

    Pros

    The tutorial systems are something you don't get any experience of elsewhere. The social life is also great, provided you have time. It opens the door to a lot of networking and careers events, you just have to capitalise on that on your time here

    Cons

    Constant essay crisis, meaning that you alternate between crying and drinking and procrastinating. There truly is a lot of work involved and far more than other universities

  6.  

    A fantastic place for doctoral study.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

    Pros

    The collegiate system means that everyone has friends and acquaintances from outside their area of study. There are many societies and sports teams to get involved with, meaning it's almost impossible to be bored.

    Cons

    The decentralised nature of the colleges is sometimes frustrating, with apparent disorganisation and bureaucracy. Everything does still function quite smoothly however.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    oxford university

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

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

    Pros

    a good place to study and live

    Cons

    a good place to study and live

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An amazing and unique place with a lot of smart and interesting people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    The city is beautiful. Small but has everything you need. Great student life.

    Cons

    A little expensive to live

  9.  

    Challenging atmosphere working with world top class scientists

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    upfront research topics to delve into.

    Cons

    high living costs in Oxford area.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great Experience!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    personal growth, great projects, interaction with top academics in the field.

    Cons

    Long working hours, have to motivate yourself

  11.  

    Well established and a good name to work for

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well funded and equipped research setting where almost anything becomes possible due to the massive amount of money and connections that come with working here. Lots of bright and committed colleagues which can really help push research forward.

    Cons

    Individual experience depends on your direct manager. Work-life balance is probably as bad as in any world leading research centre. Very difficult to get a permanent position. The salary is not in line with living costs, it should really come with a London style weighting as rents and house prices are considerably higher than the UK average.

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