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Updated January 12, 2018
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "Excellent Place for Truly Passionate People"

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

    Some of the best facilities and funding opportunities to be found internationally. I believe it is a place where ideas can be brought to life and plenty of room for expansion is given for independent thought and innitiative.

    Cons

    Some of the worst people-managers I have seen in my entire life. Managers focus solely on the academic side of things, completely disregarding growing as a person. Working till midnight is common as is working Saturdays and Sundays.

    Advice to Management

    Put more systems in place to oversee and regulate the supervisor student relationships, especially when something goes wrong, as a sustainable collaboration is vital for the good outcome of every project.


  5. "Good benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits working at the University, leave entitlement, pension etc

    Cons

    Can be hard coming from outside the university in


  6. "Put up with a lot for the reputation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    reputation
    working with smart, ambitious people

    Cons

    extremely patchy supervision
    bosses/supervisors appointed on the basis of their research experience, not their ability to manage underlings or teach

    Advice to Management

    make sure researchers' leaves of absence are appropriately covered


  7. "University of Oxford"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Famous university,
    Except from the name it is the same as other universities

    Cons

    Looks better from the outside.
    Expensive city, low salary, all know about this, no body cares

    Advice to Management

    Ask research students and postdocs for feedback of PIs

  8. "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.


  9. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent science; academic life has many freedoms

    Cons

    HR processes are not very good; bullying from senior staff is tolerated


  10. "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.


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