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Updated June 15, 2017
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Oxford, England (UK)

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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)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 17 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great department"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The chemistry department is extremely well-fitted with all the necessary equipment to perform research. The building is relatively new and the working environment receives lots of natural light. It is a very inspiring place to work in.

    Cons

    The only downside is the UK weather.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fundraising in Oxford"

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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good perks and nice working environment.

    Cons

    None so far, but I've only been here 1 month

  3. "Scientific research at the University of Oxford"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The University of Oxford provides a great research community with excellent research facilties.

    Cons

    Housing and child care in Oxford are very expensive.


  4. "Excelent"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment. Not only supervisors, but great availability of talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build.

    Advice to Management

    University very well managed and supervised.


  5. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the top 5 universities all over the world. It gives you prestige for your future career. Easy to get private and public funding. Cutting edge research.

    Cons

    Some facilities are not as good as expected.


  6. "PhD Student"

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

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

    Pros

    great resources and limitless potential

    Cons

    too relax to work here


  7. "DPhil student (Medical science)"

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    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great university with excellent teaching and dedicated professors, surrounded by beautiful colleges and fabulous people!

    Cons

    Tough work for students, can't relax over holidays

  8. "PPE Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great university: some of the best teaching in the world from dedicated professors with a wide breadth of interests and academic experience.

    Cons

    Tough workload for PPE students, although this can vary quite dramatically across colleges. Can't relax over holidays due to Collection exams upon return.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure there is more transparency about Collection exams. Ensure that inter-college worked for a particular subject is more symmetric.


  9. "Perspective of a PhD student"

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

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

    Pros

    You can choose your own hours and the rate at which you work. You are a bit of a combination of a student and a worker, allowing you the benefits of both. You have almost complete freedom over the work you do - to an extent. If you love your subject, you have almost unfettered ability to explore it.

    Cons

    You can never know if you are working enough, and you are unguided. It's a blessing and a curse to set your own pace and choose your own work. You are also very much at the mercy of your supervisor, you need to pick this carefully. Being both a student and a worker gives you the negatives of both, too!


  10. "An employer with a caring and disciplined approach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees are treated fairly with adequate contracts and are paid in time. They also receive free lunches and good training as required. The work environment is friendly and support is always provided by different departments as necessary and in a timely manner. The management line is established and works greatly, caring about the employee's welfare and safety.

    Cons

    There is nothing special that I can count as a downside. As an educational institution with a history of more than 400 years, it seems everything is in place and working greatly. I would only point out to the signage system used inside the college, which can be confusing for formal and informal visitors.

    Advice to Management

    While the internal relationships are clearly known and work efficiently, it is always good to have regular meetings with people in different departments to improve organizational links. A more detailed and helpful signage system would also improve the college's view in the eyes of outsiders.


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