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Updated May 8, 2017
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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. "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.


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  5. "Antiquated in image and reality"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with smart people on interesting programmes
    Good pension and holiday package
    If you're manager good - flexible working possible.

    Cons

    Many chauvenistic male managers and unsupportive female bosses who let ambition get ahead of sisterhood
    Not always as family-friendly as policies suggest
    No obvious career progression for non research staff
    Not enough management training for any staff
    Old boys network
    Arrogance that comes with academic excellence

    Advice to Management

    Move into the 21 century
    Implement genuine family-friendly practice
    Management training compulsory for all managers, and repeated every few years
    Career pathways and progression for academic-related staff
    Make Athena Swan work in practice, not a PR / box-ticking exercise
    Support more of a department, division and college level Springboard approach i.e. women supporting women


  6. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great holiday allowance
    Great work life balance
    Great learning resources
    A nice employee community

    Cons

    Out of touch with the rest of the world at times
    Not quick to make changes
    Very de-centralised structure
    Not much chance to travel


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    "Great people, Need better management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with some really smart, driven people who were motivated by research discoveries. The units churn out huge amounts of data, and are publication driven.

    Cons

    Senior academics are often poor teachers and managers. Staff within research groups are poorly managed, and students fend for themselves. Meanwhile, well-meaning junior academics are not given the opportunity to teach.

    Advice to Management

    Dedicated teaching roles. Make researchers better managers- or give them some assistance with group management.


  8. "Part-time work wasn't much fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Is a prestigious employer and reliable in terms of pay and benefits. People here are fun to work with as well. Nice town.

    Cons

    The work is not very glamourous and could and did get old very quickly. Pay is not fantastic as they expect you to be paid less for the prestige.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay! You will get much better people. Over playing the Oxford card is probably counterproductive in the long terms as people have to make a living after all.


  9. "Research Associate"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Oxford University has amazing resources as the premier institution of higher education.

    Cons

    It is not an intimate place. I think one's experience depends a lot on one's supervisor and if they are hands on. Different departments and colleges are happy to take advantage of your expertise and service for free. The administration does little to protect or guide researchers.

    Advice to Management

    It would be beneficial to make sure researchers are better supported, know what services are available to them, because often we feel anonymous.


  10. "Recommend for Networking Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees have a wider networking opportunities

    Cons

    Quite over-rated and very bureaucratic


  11. "ESR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Multicultural, great training opportunities, good place to live.

    Cons

    Engineering department is very small


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