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Updated December 10, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 18 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Undergrate in Oxford, pros and cons."

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    very stressful, the workload is high.

    Cons

    learn a lot, able to meet excellent people.


  2. "Typical TOP-10 UK University + cost of Oxford life"

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    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Facilities
    -Top-end Equipment
    -Interaction within the labs
    -Chance for multidisciplinary projects.
    -Hub for internationally-recognised research

    Cons

    -No Career Pathway
    -Cost of life in Oxford it's a big issue.

  3. "senior postdoctoral scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    research environment of academic excellence

    Cons

    As with most universities, there is no career path for researchers with a Ph.D, that wish to remain in academic research but do not wish to become principal investigators.


  4. "Assignment with the Temporary Staffing Service"

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    Former Contractor - Temporary Administrative Support Staff in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Temporary Administrative Support Staff in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Short two month assignment but given a chance to experience working for the University and supported by line manager and team throughout.

    Cons

    As it was temporary some of the work could be very monotonous.


  5. "Engineering CDT DPhil Student"

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

    Good student stipend on an EPSRC CDT program, unique college/university lifestyle and opportunities

    Cons

    Some colleagues are too strongly influenced by industry partners, and there is too much distraction from academic pursuits


  6. "Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting and curious people always happy to engage with ideas

    Cons

    Slow pace and poor management


  7. "Postdoc in Oxford"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top univeristy with very interesting projects and really great people. The bureaucracy was also handled much better than most other UK universities.

    Cons

    Find the elusive permanent position is still very diffecult.
    Oxford is also an expensive city to live in, whilst postdoc salaries are fixed to the (low pay) national scales.

  8. "Class Tutor -- MPLS Division"

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

    I worked at Oxford University part-time

    Pros

    * Interesting work: you are paid to explain a subject you are passionate about and good at (hopefully)
    * Teaching a subject makes you inderstand certain aspects on a deep and intuivie level
    * Very flexible hours for marking and preparation
    * You get to work with young and keen students most of the time.

    Cons

    * No pay for time spent in preparation or marking; only time “in front of the blackboard” is counted towards your hours worked.


  9. "Not good in postdoc training"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    30 days of annual leave. Smart people and abundant resources.

    Cons

    Not good for in vivo research due to the strict animal regulations. Postdocs spend too much time on supervising students and have few chances to write their own grants.

    Advice to Management

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  10. "Very supportive team"

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    Former Contractor - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many university related perks. Access to libraries, college, good social benefits. Many university related perks. Access to libraries, college, good social benefits.

    Cons

    Student centric town. Can be very hierarchical depending on your department. No other major cons would recommended it as an institution.


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