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"Overall a positive experience but it is a long way off perfect"

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

You have a lot of freedom to pursue your own ideas. You tend to come across a good quality of other scientists to work with, not always but certainly more often than not. There are always talks from big players in the field, either yours or in other fields. Depends massively on your supervisor, but there does seem reasonable funding around to help your research.

Cons

If your ideas you have don't result in a decent publication or two every 2-3 years, you will find it tough in academia. Luck plays a big role but also the output and attitude of those around you. Being a post-doc for a long time with low job security can be a bit of a painful experience. Supervisors of labs were selected as good scientists, and not managers, so labs can end up run badly.

Advice to Management

Supervisors of labs vary massively in their ability to be managers, which in their defence was not what they were selected for. Some training, and accountability for bad practice would help.

Other Employee Reviews for Oxford University

  1. "Postdoc at University of Oxford"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to make numerous connections for future jobs

    Cons

    All depends on the group you are working in


  2. "Good working experience"

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    Former Contractor - Database Administrator in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Database Administrator in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great and interesting collegues, supportive work environment, good and supportive bosses.

    Cons

    limited opportunities for advancement for temps, interns and contract workers, very difficult to get a permanent position, especially if you're not a UK citizen,it ahs nothing to do with you having excellent qualifications and fantastic working experience.

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