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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
89 Reviews
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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Facility, Reputation and smart people around (in 5 reviews)

  • It is a nice working environment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • A small town, that offers little to do outside of work (in 4 reviews)

  • little interaction with collegues (depending on departmant/research group) (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent institution, unique culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The history and reputation of the university give it a great gravitational pull, so you will literally work and study with excellent people from around the world. It is located in a beautiful town, near to London, with a high quality of life.

    Cons

    The history and culture is have a lot of inertia, and most administrative decisions are made based on precedent. The complex interactions between colleges and departments, and the lack of a clear central authority, make for a diverse range of climates. None of these are "cons," per se, but they are important characteristic of the culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Student at the University of Cambridge

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    Great environment, surrounded by fantastic people.

    Cons

    Cambridge, as a city, is too small, which limits leisure activities.

  3.  

    phd student . .

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    Current Employee - PhD  in  Cambridge, MD
    Current Employee - PhD in Cambridge, MD

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time

    Pros

    one of best place to study

    Cons

    one of best place in the world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good place

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    The most excellent university in the world

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The university is a great place to meet a lot of very smart people. The research environment is exceptionally good, it is very easy to collaborate with other groups within the university - there are experts for most fields. The town is a nice place to life, it is quite small and everything can be done by bike.

    Cons

    The main challenge is in fact one of the advantages as well, there are a lot of smart people, i.e. it is very hard to stand out of the crowd.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work environment but lots of room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues willing to help and dedicate their time.
    The work life balance is overall good. Lots of opportunities for personal development and capacity to develop and implement your own ideas.

    Cons

    Pay is not good.
    Recruitment processes is not relevant in some cases
    Lack of direction especially from middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce KPIs to improve performance and productivity.
    Introduce 360 reviews.
    Change some middle managers and quality of work will surely improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great security but poor progression

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The university is a good place to work. Management are flexible on leave, the pay is good, and the job security is outstanding.

    Cons

    It's not highly pressurised. A good place to work if your career isn't your main focus, perhaps! In the administrative divisions, there is a huge amount of political nonsense between senior management, internally and external to the division that I work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a can do attitude- please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A breadth of expertise condensed in one place.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student and Previously Technician  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student and Previously Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you're in any kind of research Cambridge is great to find experts in almost any kind of field. There is always something interesting going on that can stimulate your interests and desire for social interaction.
    From one research head who changed universities I've heard that reviewers of journals are far less strict with publications coming from Cambridge.
    The careers service is fantastic.

    Cons

    Sometimes I find that the university is just working very hard on keeping up this image of superiority when, really, the people who work and study there as PhDs are probably not that much smarter than at other universities.
    PhD projects tend to be very risky so that if you succeed you'll have an awesome publication but if you don't, as many do (even the really smart ones), then you're leaving your PhD without a paper and potentially a lot of frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More reasonable prices for the university gym. The price is completely unjustified, looking at other great gyms in the area but with some sports clubs you have to join it nonetheless.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Inspiring and challenging work with interesting, easy going people.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You are constantly surrounded by people who are top of their field, so it's easy to get inspired and find motivation to learn and do more. The city, of course, is also very beautiful, so overall it's a nice place to be working and everything is close-by, so a short break for lunch is always possible.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't great, but then again, I wouldn't expect much for a part-time research assistant. I can imagine that for some people it might be hard to get integrated into the "team" with this job, as the hours can be very unsociable, but I cannot say that was a problem for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The job was not very easy to find, so it might be nice if the jobs were better advertised.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent environment for research.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent environment for reasearch, and being surrounded by intelligent academics.

    Cons

    A small town, that offers little to do outside of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great, relaxed, smart people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    Clear cut payscale with yearly bonuses and a generous pension.

    Cons

    Lack of high quality software developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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