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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. "bad support"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor

    Pros

    good reputation you have heard of it

    Cons

    bad practice, bad support, bad attitude

    Advice to Management

    expand and centralize support services


  2. "Beware of choosing a bad lab in the JR hospital!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perform good research if you are in a good lab

    Cons

    There are some labs that are not doing proper research but just politics. These are what my PIs are:

    1) PIs have poor knowledge of their research, they even ask you what journals should submit to.
    2) Differential treatment - they bully some members to work for other senior members.
    3) The PIs don't care about your feeling, dead or alive. They will sacrifice you to get what they want.
    4) They praise you in front of you but they said bad thing about you in front of another colleague to make that colleague better.
    5) Force you to try many new projects that are not likely to work to waste money and time.

    I am sure many labs here are good, but some are really substandard. Beware of those labs that are managed by more than one PIs, suggesting managerial problems. If they are not in the city center but isolated in a hospital like JR hospital and within a small departmemt (NDXXX), this reflects poor research support. Just like mine one.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop abusive PIs from bullying submssive staff. They are clever and just picked foreigners to bully and abuse because they won't complaints. This should not be allowed!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "No anti-decrimination policy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly environment, Good place to work if you are European

    Cons

    Discrimination against non European national and minorities


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Better than the dole."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Incremental salary. Eighteen words worth of blather to hide the fact that frankly that's about it. It really is that bad.

    Cons

    Annual salary increments mean that while you stay it seems rosy, but the moment you come to look for work outside no-one will match that salary and you end up losing out through being too expensive to employ. Management structure appears to date from 12th century. Changing anything takes centuries if not millenia. Senior scientists are untouchable because they bring money in so however big a bully they are no-one will do anything about them. Far too many have risen to the top not like cream but like the lumps in a septic tank (look it up). Total lack of career structure for technical staff means you may well find yourself unemployable if you stay for more than a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Forget the rubbish about history and create a structure where staff have career progression, and the sphincters can be culled from the senior staff genepool.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Waste of time for junior faculty"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice town, great and convenient location.

    Cons

    Terrible and flawed grading system. Poor collegial relations amongst faculty. No support for junior faculty. Lots of false promises. Unfair and excessive workload unless you are a Reader/Professor. Money talks. Nobody cares.

    Advice to Management

    Wouldn't bother.


  7. "Horrible place to work or put a loved on in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    The food served is of great quality

    Cons

    Place smells
    Nursing staff and management or inept

    Advice to Management

    Fire existing management staff and hire qualified people



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