University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
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Pros
  • The work life balance is overall good (in 7 reviews)

  • Very nice academia environment and full of smart people (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The city is a terminal city, people come and go - plus it has small town syndrome (in 4 reviews)

  • very competitive environment at work, very high competition to obtain funding, only three up to four years to complete the degree (in 2 reviews)

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  1. PhD Student at Cambridge

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Tremendous learning opportunities, highly recommended. College system within the university conducive to meeting people from across disciplines. International community is large and enriching.

    Cons

    Cambridge has a fantastic international reputation, but mapping experience on the US career ladder after degree may differ depending on your field of expertise.


  2. I am not there yet.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    Amazing reputation full of great science.

    Cons

    Do not know yet. Salary could be better.


  3. 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


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    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.


  6. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    one of best place to study

    Cons

    one of best place in the world

    Advice to Management

    good place


  7. Cambridge University, Teaching Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Cambridge (More than a year)

    Pros

    The students, the lecturing, the tutorial, the relative freedom to outline the contents of my own lectures.

    Cons

    I was quite inexperienced when I was hired. I met with poor guidance, poor supervision, poor administrative structure, poor organization. Lack of solidarity between colleagues. A huge responsibility job, to be carried out with maximum precarity.


  8. pleasant place to grow

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Cambridge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive working environment, good work-life balance, outside of work opportunities, interaction with colleges optional. It is probably a more traditional place to work, so you need to be proactive to look for opportunities that certainly exist.

    Cons

    Salary OK for Cambridge for singles or couples. It becomes difficult to rent a bigger house for family in Cambridge. Easy commute from all around the city. Many departments are in the heart of the city centre.


  9. post-doc review

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great brand name good researchers and colleagues good work culture networking opportunities Good training opportunities

    Cons

    Bad sports facilities for such a big university


  10. A world-leading university environment

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

    I have been working at University of Cambridge (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cambridge provides a world-leading research environment for the most driven and successful academic scientists

    Cons

    It has very de-centralised managerial structure, so you are responsible for your own career growth and success


  11. Great place to work and learn

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to participate in training Very nice colleagues comprehensive management

    Cons

    The University of Cambridge is HUGE..so your experience will depend on which department you are in...I loved my experience and my department



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