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Updated May 10, 2017
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Pros
  • World class university enabling cross disciplinary research (in 17 reviews)

  • State of art facilities Excellent working environment, International brand name (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 17 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Oxford Uni has amazing resources in terms of it support, admin, training, etc. In these terms they are probably the best in Europe.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the admin is somewhat complicated with departments, divisions, colleges. The relevant people tend not to talk to each other, and communication is a burden.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize processes across different departments.


  2. "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. 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.


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  5. "Chemistry postdoc"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible hours and freedom of research. Really interesting science. International environment. Top quality instruments.

    Cons

    Too busy, more people than space allows. A waiting list of 2-3 weeks for using popular instruments. Makes it difficult to focus on research.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously, many want to get into the Chemistry department at Oxford university. However, to keep the high quality of research we need to match the number of people to the available space and facilities we have.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Core Facility Manager"

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

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My 10 years here have been the best of my working life.

    Cons

    Care needs taking about which group to work for. A narcissistic boss could pull you down.
    Short term contract make life difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Consider introducing personality tests to screen out narcissists


  7. "For PhD students and postdocs"

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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

    Very important research, and wonderful colleagues, so it's a great place for an academic, if there is a research group in Oxford that specializes in your field.

    Cons

    From my experience at Oxford University, it offers quite low pay and short-term contract for junior academics, so may not be a great place for someone just starting out.


  8. "A great place with very few cons."

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

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Closeknit, warm, ambitious, collegiate, open-minded, and strategic.

    Cons

    Low salaries and, therefore, poor staff retention.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best, if you can deal with the workload"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student 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

    Fantastic supervisors and facilities - there are few places overall for teaching and research that are as good as Oxford. Unique atmosphere, brilliant reputation.

    Cons

    Some of the administration is stuck with archaic traditions which don't translate well to the modern day. An unfortunate minority of the academics and staff know they're at one of the best universities in the world, and like to make sure the world knows it by being difficult, unreasonable and arrogant.

    You also pay for the reputation of the University by, understandably, being expected to produce high quality work, and a lot of it. This can feel intimidating, even overwhelming, at times.

    Advice to Management

    Tradition is fine, and adds to the University's historic atmosphere, but where it makes life more difficult than it needs to be, or off-putting and alienating to those unfamiliar to the institution it should be removed or toned down. Staff who like to make the most of the University's reputation by thinking they can get away with being difficult or rude need to be disciplined in some manner.

    Aside from this though, the positives outweigh the negatives - the research carried out here is fantastic, and it's a brilliant place to work if you find the right supervisor. The facilities and libraries should be maintained as the great places they are, and support should be given where these facilities are falling into disrepair.


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