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Oxford University Oxford Reviews

Updated November 17, 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. "OK but you really have to fight hard to stay"

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    • 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. "teaching assistant"

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    Former Freelancer - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Freelancer - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging, engaging , good pay

    Cons

    The work of freelance employers could be better structured

  3. "Good city to do PhD in (Chemistry), but £££"

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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

    Oxford is a fantastic and almost unique city (other than Cambridge) in the UK - nowhere else is quite like it. Facilities are largely excellent and modern, quality of research is high. For a city steeped in history, it is also well-equipped with more "modern" amenities (decent shops, leisure facilities etc) and is within striking distance of the capital.

    Also huge numbers of extra-curricular opportunities. Genuinely, whatever your interest, from volunteer teaching to harry potter, there is a club for it.

    Careers department is top class.

    Cons

    Oxford is a very expensive place to live, which combined with the inevitably average student funding can make it a bit challenging.

    Within my department, whilst most facilities are good, some are decidedly lacking. This is primarily due to questionable running of facilities by university bureaucracy (e.g. refusing to fund a laboratory freezer being a recent highlight).


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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...


  7. "A good review"

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    Current Employee - Bodleian Business Librarian in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bodleian Business Librarian in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intellectual capital of the comunity

    Cons

    A very large organisation that doesn't implement change veryeasily

    Advice to Management

    simplify things

  8. Helpful (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.


  9. 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


  10. "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.


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