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Oxford University Oxford Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "PPE Student"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great place overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team work and spirit, challenging work/High Impact, good supervision, flexible work hours

    Cons

    old offices and better food options required.

  3. "PhD student"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 good pay and travel allowances.

    Cons

    Lots of hours in laboratories, and times that are very lonely.

    Advice to Management

    be more understanding of people's needs.


  4. "Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - 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

    Best University in the world
    World-class facilities and teaching
    Access to top people in each industry
    Fantastic job prospects
    Great city to live in

    Cons

    Expensive city to live in
    A lot of work compared to other top universities
    Engineering building could look better
    Not enough focus on helping students find a future career

    Advice to Management

    Come up with more career focussed classes/sessions
    Allow students time off from studies (possibly extend term length) in order for them to apply for graduate jobs, applying for jobs whilst doing my final year Engineering project with huge amounts of work was very difficult.


  5. "Perspective of a PhD student"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  6. "Executive Education"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Christmas off, longer Easter, 38 days holiday

    Cons

    low salary, lack of private healthcare

    Advice to Management

    more flexible working hours


  7. "Postdoc'ing at Oxford"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

    Pros

    Exposure to world-class thought leaders

    Cons

    Very political, little diversity, and not the best environment for women

  8. "Summer internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - good working conditions, you don't work longer than your contract states
    - relaxed atmosphere in the office, no pressured environment
    - lots of holidays

    Cons

    - not very driven, excellence isn't encouraged because average performance seems good enough already.
    - few other young people to socialise with; not much of a community culture


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Waiter in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Waiter in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly management with reasonable pay and reasonable hours. Good place to work to earn some extra money in the summer.

    Cons

    Hours can be unpredictable since availability of work depends on guests booking out the college's services during the holidays.


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