Oxford University Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
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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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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to be, excellent people

    Cons

    There is nothing in particular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Former student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent! Fantastic place to be

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
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    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 for less than a 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)

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

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than a 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
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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    stimulating environment, excellent scientists and science, nice city,

    Cons

    very expensive to live especially the housing

    Recommends
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  7. 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 for more than a 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.

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    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
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    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 for less than a 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
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    World class

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Outstanding research and world class environment

    Cons

    Highly competitive expectations very high

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    Great environment for research

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    Faculty members are world class, with research work well supported by industry and government grants.

    Cons

    Graduate student support is limited. Libraries (atleast for engineering and the sciencies) are crummy. The collegiate system is designed to support undergraduates -- while academic terms and the concomitant social buzz lasts for 6 months a year, a PhD cannot help but feel isolated the rest of the way.

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    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 for 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
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