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University of Cambridge Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
83 Reviews

4.3
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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
  • Small town, salary not as expected (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Excellent university, as you might expect

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

    Pros

    Work with intelligent people
    Prestige of working at one of the best universities in the world
    Learning experience if you take advantage of the brain-power + computing/library resources

    Cons

    None if you can study/work there, but does put you in a sort of bubble shielding you form the real world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it cheaper for poor students, as you will be losing out on important talent with the top-up fees government mess-up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good to work for. Good people. Good work culture. Good Hours. Everything good.

    Cons

    I cant think of anything bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  3.  

    Excellent research environment

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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)

    Pros

    Brilliant researchers, plenty of freedom, great travel opportunities, top notch university, beautiful surroundings, cool offices.

    Cons

    Somewhat small faculty in certain areas, expensive to live in Cambridge, administration reshuffling is a pain, board of graduate studies are brutal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very nice university

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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)

    Pros

    Nice university, well organized. I enjoyed it very much. I would recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    None as I can see. I think some offices are quite slow in terms of efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Deeply concerned with cultivating meaningful alumni relations

    Former Employee - Fundraiser  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Concerned with alumni relationships that go beyond the purely instrumental (though value added is obviously a consideration), which makes a fundraiser's job far less mercenary . Lots of effort to promote the continuing involvement of former students with the wider community through academic events.

    Cons

    Experience will vary largely from college to college, unless working with the central administration. Some colleges are extremely weathly and successful, others are dependent on aid from other colleges.

  7.  

    Great place to work although early research careers are difficult to cultivate.

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by great thinkers, opens lots of career doors.

    Cons

    Salary is low, difficult to progress pass certain points.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a research career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great short-term place to work but few long-term opportunities

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

    Pros

    Great resources (buildings, libraries, facilities, etc), really smart people, chance to make high-powered connections, lots of arts and cultural stuff going on. Good pension, maternity, etc benefits.

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to industry, nonexistent opportunities for promotion or even permanent post as RA, small town, can be isolating if not student or fellow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide career path for postdocs to advance. Make it easier for postdocs to become members of colleges.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Postdoctoral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The opportunities here are countless, plus a chance working and learning with the best of the world

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to industry; it is hard to progress into a more senior position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Very nice academia environment and full of smart people

    Cons

    Researchers tend to work on their own. Not much collaborative work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research group management need to be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    PhD student at Cambridge

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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)

    Pros

    Great group of people, amazing colleagues

    Cons

    very poor quality post graduate instruction, prioritization of PhD students is clearly at bottom of many supervisors (I can only speak for certain departments). Political motives can sometimes influence student fate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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