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Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The building is relatively new and the working environment receives lots of natural light (in 21 reviews)

  • World class university enabling cross disciplinary research (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 8 reviews)

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  1. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    diverse international community. wonderful college system for social life. proximity to london. beautiful city

    Cons

    expensive, city small (but close to London for more needs)


  2. "would work there again in a heartbeat"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    name recognition
    great colleagues (VARIES greatly with unit/department/lab)

    Cons

    really depends on your advisor if you get opportunities outside of your natural range. mine was great so i expanded tremendously over the years.

    Advice to Management

    continue to let people do weird science things :]

  3. "Research Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Nice group of people, genuinely committed

    Cons

    Low salaries, excruciating work schedule, lack of autonomy

    Advice to Management

    Hire a research director and keep management separate from Director


  4. "Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very interesting projects, great team.

    Cons

    No cons noticed. Great department.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  5. "CEO Writer"

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    Current Employee - Screenwriter
    Current Employee - Screenwriter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free time and flexibility is great

    Cons

    Low pay and constant terror over security


  6. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Superb environment, interesting work, supportive staff

    Cons

    Delayed reimbursement of work travel costs


  7. "Great mission-based employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to work in--very stimulating.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better but benefits are terrific.

  8. "PhD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing research happening at Oxford

    Cons

    It is academia - so things can be slow, but slow and steady wins the race sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management


  9. "nice place to study"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    world-class experts in the field, and world-class research facilities, and smart colleagues. Life is relaxing, and research culture in the UK in general is not as pushy as that in USA

    Cons

    very expensive to live, and salary is general too low to ensure a truly comfortable life.


  10. "Feudal-In a good and a bad way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fascinating people, Some remaining emphasis upon scholarship. Can be a wonderful place to pursue your unique passion. Can be supportive of genius, but only the right kind.

    Cons

    Feudal! Fewer opportunities for women. Things really shut down after 5pm. Not very cross disciplinary. Increasingly corporate and not accepting of differences or 'unsexy' academic topics.


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