University of Cambridge Reviews

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Pros
  • The work-life balance is great, with sufficient leave entitlement and flexible working arrangements (in 7 reviews)

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

  2. 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.

  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

    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

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  5. Solid, steady and supportive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The University is very considerate of employees' needs, the people are all very friendly and there is plenty of options for career progression.

    Cons

    In some departments there is the traditional civil sector feel of complacency and less drive to perform.

    Advice to Management

    being such a large organisation overall made of so many smaller parts, it can be difficult even within one department to be able to connect with others, let alone collaborate with them. Intra-department and inter-department networking could use a little improvement.

  6. Researcher at the Institue of Astronomy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    Very relax. Beautiful location. International workmates.

    Cons

    Arrogant people. It is impossible to collaborate.

    Advice to Management

    No bonus. Horrible training courses.

  7. Hard work but enjoyable.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Phd Student
    Current Employee - Engineering Phd Student

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Surrounded by world class researchers. Technicians are friendly and willing to advise on practical aspects of experimental research. Excellent careers service for when you want to move on.

    Cons

    Manufacturing and computing facilities are not as good as what you might expect in industry. Work is very tough at times, leaving you little time for anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage greater levels of fraternisation between students, so that we have a greater network to go to when we need technical assistance.

  8. I am very happy with my work situation, colleagues, and the university-wide community.

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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

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

    Pros

    It is one of the leading research institutions
    It is a tranquil, friendly and community-oriented environment

    Cons

    Very traditional, change is sometimes slow

    Advice to Management

    Reimbursements are still with checks, bank holidays are not officially recognised.

  9. High quality research, outreach and an open vision to careers outside academia

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

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

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

    Pros

    I like working in a research environment in which everybody strives for high quality results, in every sinle aspect. Cambridge is a very academic citiy, but it is stimulated to translate our findings in practical strategies as well. After all we are often paid by the general public. Something that was really refreshing for me was the career service; there is a lot of scope to develop you in every direction. Career service is clear about careers outside academia as well; this was kind of a taboo in previous places I worked. Actually, if you want, career service will give you the relevant tools to make a step outside academia. Hence, whatever happens during your period here, whatever you want, you will probably have a good stepping stone for the rest of your career.

    Cons

    Well, there are not real cons for me. A downside of the high quality of research may be a bit higher pressure on you as a researcher. And internationally the salaries of UK academics are not that high.

  10. Enthusiastic students, excellent professional network

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You feel like you are in the centre of academia "as it happens". Students are enthusiastic and wants to learn. Colleagues very helpful and bouncing ideas off each other is always fun.

    Cons

    Admin overworked. Booking rooms is a nightmare.

  11. The workplace lets researchers think at their own ideas indipendently and accompanied by profeessionsals

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom of research
    Any tools needed is provided
    The expertise of colleagues

    Cons

    Working closely with companies which are not used to think as researchers

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