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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
100 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Professor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    resources and access to expertise

    Cons

    bureaucracy and associated problems in the system

  2.  

    Vibrant, stimulating place, full of sparky, interesting, dynamic people who play as hard as they work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    At first it can be an incredibly intimidating environment, but once you've settled in you'll realise that you really are contributing to something great. It's very satisfying and exciting. There are a lot of highly motivated people here who wouldn't stick around if the environment didn't welcome constant change and improvement. It's a place where problems are solved, and things get done.

    Cons

    The salaries aren't great- I think they exploit the strong desire that the right people have to work here. There's stiff competition for positions, so they can afford to pay only average salaries. There's also a 'never-really-off-duty' culture - it's definitely not a 9-to-5 environment; for many people that's not a problem - it's just the way Cambridge is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the connections, resources and assets at its disposal, Cambridge could afford to improve the financial reward for the people who make it such a great University. Its reputation depends on them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    pay, working environment, management support

    Cons

    travelling distance, limited potential for promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    post doc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Cambridge

    Pros

    great experience and connections to wider university and facilities

    Cons

    job insecurity as a post doc, expensive place to rent/buy home

  6.  

    Good work environment but lots of room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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.  

    The most excellent university in the world

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    A breadth of expertise condensed in one place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10.  

    Inspiring and challenging work with interesting, easy going people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Excellent environment for research.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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