Oxford University Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Careers Adviser

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Supportive and knowledgeable colleagues. In this part of the organisation, management encourages innovation and is interested in finding good new ideas that work, and accepts that sometimes new things won't work as well as planned.

    Cons

    You do the work for its intrinsic value and satisfaction rather than the pay cheque. However, working conditions, atmosphere and flexible working make up for this somewhat.

    Advice to Management

    Across the University as a whole, management is not very coherent: too defensive of its own patch and power base rather than strategic; too bureaucratic and unable to respond quickly and flexibly.


  2. Worth it, but hard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Offers fast-paced work environment with un-rivalled opportunities for graduates

    Cons

    Often difficult to maintain work-life balance


  3. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn a lot of stuffs

    Cons

    low funding for internationals, not enough for room rent


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  5. Fantastic experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary, good head, fantastic team, Above average holidays

    Cons

    Too expensive living cost in Oxford.

    Advice to Management

    Should consider living cost in Oxford.


  6. Amazing people, amazing campus, lovely small city

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You will meet some of the best yet down-to-earth minds ! Oxford taught me how to think about life, more than about my field of work ! Comparing with my previous experience in Asia and after interaction with researchers from other leading US/UK universities, I feel Oxford provides added flexibility and associated platforms to instigate creative thinking and produce ground-breaking research. Everyone from colleagues to the admin staff were ready to help you succeed (at least in my institute). City is compact. safe and green (well, its UK!), and has a friendly vibe ! You feel history in cobbled streets, old pubs, beautiful gardens and grand buildings ! Its just an hour from London by train (though expensive) and close to beautiful English countryside ! If you are interested, lots of social events to meet people. Also, fair amount of within-campus seminars and symposiums with leading individuals in industry, academia and government to hear from and connect with.

    Cons

    Decentralised administration, sometimes poor facility ! If you are in an old building, it can be cold in the winter ! But then, you are allowed to work at home (or in my case, local cafes). Salaries are not enough for single earner families as rents and other costs in Oxford are 2nd only to London and increasing.

    Advice to Management

    Consider salaries than align with actual living costs !


  7. PhD student

    Former Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The university is well located. The college system is unique and quite enjoyable. As a PhD student, you can get a very good life/work balance.

    Cons

    Living and studying in Oxford University is very expensive. The living cost is close to that in London. Getting a full scholarship nowadays is becoming more and more difficult for non-European students.


  8. Being a PhD student in the medical sciences at the University of Oxford

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart people Good mentorship Good pay PhD programs offer lab rotations

    Cons

    Quality of management/mentorship varies substantially by department

    Advice to Management

    Give as many PhD students as possible the opportunity to rotate through multiple labs to make an informed decision about where to work.


  9. cataloguing assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, magical place to work

    Cons

    Could not commit to any long term or permenant contracts, no job security

    Advice to Management

    Push for longer contracts rather than rely on volunteers


  10. New College Specifically

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Lovely buildings and environment. Generally positive and collegial atmosphere. Teaching staff, administrative staff and students seem to see themselves as one community. A lot of autonomy for teachers.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit inefficient. You find out things by accident. This is probably the flipside of autonomy and collegial informality.

    Advice to Management

    There is probably quite a lot of senior personnel change coming, but advice to newcomers is don't change too much. It's a delicate mechanism, easy to break.


  11. Great for the great

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, no limits other than your own.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic and hidebound.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.



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