Oxford University Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Better than the dole.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incremental salary. Eighteen words worth of blather to hide the fact that frankly that's about it. It really is that bad.

    Cons

    Annual salary increments mean that while you stay it seems rosy, but the moment you come to look for work outside no-one will match that salary and you end up losing out through being too expensive to employ. Management structure appears to date from 12th century. Changing anything takes centuries if not millenia. Senior scientists are untouchable because they bring money in so however big a bully they are no-one will do anything about them. Far too many have risen to the top not like cream but like the lumps in a septic tank (look it up). Total lack of career structure for technical staff means you may well find yourself unemployable if you stay for more than a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Forget the rubbish about history and create a structure where staff have career progression, and the sphincters can be culled from the senior staff genepool.


  2. postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very good university to work in, brilliant people

    Cons

    The salary is quite low, and the living expense is quite high in Oxford as well.


  3. Oxford Lecturer Position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    General work environment, research opportunities

    Cons

    Career outlook and permanent positions limited


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  5. I very much enjoy working at Oxford.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to move around the University career-wise, from role to role. There is an inclusive and friendly atmosphere and the pension scheme is very generous.

    Cons

    Being a not-for-profit university, the salaries aren't as high as in the private sector. The turnover rate in my office is also quite fast.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share upcoming roles around the University so that people can make horizontal and vertical moves, and to promote the best people for each job.


  6. DPhil student

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Well supported, good professional development opportunities in terms of courses. Excellent IT courses free to staff. The career service is genuinely excellent an every active

    Cons

    Very little options for promotion, very political, get funding or you're out. Salaries compare poorly with other universities and contracts tend to be short with no hope of a permanent job unless you are a clinician

    Advice to Management

    Start treating scientists with the same level of respect reserved for the clinicians - remember your reputation is based on good science and its the scientists that produce not the clinicians


  7. research assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    scientifically exciting environment in an international context

    Cons

    low salaries compared to the life expenses


  8. Administrative Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    clear structure, pension scheme, holidays,

    Cons

    not much potential for growth, inflexible


  9. PhD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible, nice supervisor, friendly, and sociable

    Cons

    Competitive, out of date techniques, relatively poor rigs


  10. Being a student

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's great - interesting tutors, wide variety of options. Studying Lit hum which i really like, not sure about future income but pretty happy with opportunities so far.

    Cons

    Lots of work, not incredible links with industry. Arguably not the best place for employment. Some colleagues are very work focused etc etc etc


  11. Really exciting place to be with very hard working and intelligent people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free access to several journals Work with great like minded individuals that will push you to be better The academic staff are world class. Great teaching opportunities

    Cons

    Some people are too big-headed, even when they aren't that good. The college system is incredibly annoying The students' union is almost non-existent.



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