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Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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  • 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.  

    Great place to be an early-career researcher

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

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

    Pros

    - Oxford is a magnet for wonderful researchers, conferences and talks. There is always something interesting to be seen
    - The town is beautiful, very green, with very interesting museums and buildings to visit. - The unique collegiate culture provides you with a nice affiliation and facilities like college lunch.
    - Giving tutorials is a very interesting teaching experience. Lecturers do complain about heavy teaching loads, but as a postdoc my teaching load is capped, so I enjoy it.
    - The research facilitators help substantially in putting together a grant application

    Cons

    - Oxford is expensive to live in! The housing market is unhealthy
    - The pay is so-so compared to other British institutions, and does not take into account that Oxford is next to London the most expensive British city.
    - Because it's so big and because of the collegiate structure, the faculty does have a lack of coherence, I don't even know all the faculty members
    - Most research positions are temporary, and few of these make it as permanent researchers. I for one do not expect to stay on after my fellowship. To pass through for a couple of years it is fine though

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great city great work

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful city. International people. World class facilities

    Cons

    Research can be monotonous and working alone on a specific problem for a long time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great intellectual stimulation, good research facilities.

    Cons

    Can be a bit siloed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great experience of my life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and prompt payment

    Cons

    City can be small sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A mixed bag...........

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Good prospects and enjoyable college life

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, often poor supervision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Doctoral research in the University of Oxford.

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    Former Employee - Doctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Doctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    University of Oxford is one of the most competitive universities in the UK, which makes it a very interesting place to be a part of.

    Cons

    It is a very competitive environment that requires lots of dedication. Hours can be long and working during weekends is common among researchers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very enjoyable, laid back experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    The department I worked in was laid back and had a friendly atmosphere. The environment was also very comforting, there were three of us working in an area most companies would cram 10+ people into.

    Cons

    The pay was on the low side, especially when you consider the living costs of the area. Otherwise, not much to complain about.

  9.  

    Stimulating but old-fashioned

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    Current Employee - Academic Lecturer/Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Academic Lecturer/Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly support staff, intellectually stimulating work, positive and intimate work environment, talented students and colleagues, interesting and lively city, good resources (labs, libraries) depending on your field

    Cons

    Lack of centralization means inefficient day-to-day operations and bad communication between departments, pay is low v cost of living, city is crowded and student-dominated, operations and general outlook can be very old-fashioned and many higher-ups are resistant to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralize and modernize

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good academic environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    Nice place to work; excellent colleagues

    Cons

    Salary slightly low given the local living costs.

  11.  

    Rewarding and challenging

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    Former Employee - Lecture In Continuing Education in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecture In Continuing Education in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Global excellence in teaching and research

    Cons

    It can think too highly of itself - or at least the other academics can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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