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Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • The building is relatively new and the working environment receives lots of natural light (in 19 reviews)

  • World class university enabling cross disciplinary research (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "OK but you really have to fight hard to stay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Interesting Projects
    Great flexibility
    Great holidays

    Cons

    Awful inefficient bureaucracy , hamstringing productivity
    Takes an age to get anything done
    Working with external contractors etc very hard (IT restrictions etc)
    Constant institutional pressure to leave
    Huge workload 60hrs/wk
    Publish or your worthless mentality
    Poor pay - unless you fight very hard
    No sane career path unless your an academic

    Advice to Management

    Maybe theres a world class business school near by that can help out your internal admin processes and HR?


  2. "A prison with no roof"

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was ranked the best university in the world

    Cons

    All the work you do is actually alone

  3. "Stipendiary Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Stipendiary Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Stipendiary Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestige, immediate name recognition, and intellectual heft across departments and colleges.

    Cons

    Poor stewardship of human resources, compensation to junior researchers and educators.

    Advice to Management

    Beware resting on laurels...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, Need better management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with some really smart, driven people who were motivated by research discoveries. The units churn out huge amounts of data, and are publication driven.

    Cons

    Senior academics are often poor teachers and managers. Staff within research groups are poorly managed, and students fend for themselves. Meanwhile, well-meaning junior academics are not given the opportunity to teach.

    Advice to Management

    Dedicated teaching roles. Make researchers better managers- or give them some assistance with group management.


  5. "Research Associate"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Oxford University has amazing resources as the premier institution of higher education.

    Cons

    It is not an intimate place. I think one's experience depends a lot on one's supervisor and if they are hands on. Different departments and colleges are happy to take advantage of your expertise and service for free. The administration does little to protect or guide researchers.

    Advice to Management

    It would be beneficial to make sure researchers are better supported, know what services are available to them, because often we feel anonymous.


  6. "Recommend for Networking Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees have a wider networking opportunities

    Cons

    Quite over-rated and very bureaucratic


  7. "Okay place to work, nothing special"

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    Current Employee - PDRA in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PDRA in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting people to work with
    Generally the facilities are very good
    Students are motivated, makes teaching more fun

    Cons

    Huge amounts of bureaucracy, makes getting anything done difficult
    Don't expect to be involved in colleges if you're a post-doc, most are ignored.
    Doesn't feel like there's any room for progression.
    Pay is awful compared to Oxford cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forgot about post-docs and remember that you're a university - not just a business.

  8. "Oxford lab tech"

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    Current Employee - Technical Supervisor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Supervisor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with -relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Can be the same routine every day


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Holidays and the relaxed nature of the job and pretty much doing what you want as long as the work gets done

    Cons

    staff politics and beyond weak management that leads to the caring members of the workforce getting lumbered with extra work as the "shouters" get let off

    Advice to Management

    MAN UP!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Interesting work, cutting edge research
    Good facilities
    Mostly nice colleagues
    Looks good on your CV
    Discover the world

    Cons

    Most postdocs do not get permanent positions
    Strong competition
    No work life balance
    No family friendly working environment
    Attracts people without ambitions in the real world
    nerdy environment

    Advice to Management

    provide better tenure track possibilities


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