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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. "Studying Physics at Oxford"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Tutorials, excellent resources, interesting lectures, societies, campus recruitment and career fairs

    Cons

    Many people have connections from before so they get the edge sometimes


  2. "Postdoc review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Extremely smart people, competitive yet collaborative environment. University does an excellent job accommodating research interests of staff, including by providing a college life

    Cons

    Usual cons with academia apply

  3. "Academic Doctor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    - Time off to research

    Cons

    - Clinical jobs are mundane


  4. "PhD stud"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful city to work in.

    Cons

    Too many tourist in town


  5. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Best university in the world

    Cons

    Very elitist and confusing some times


  6. "Be sure you know what you are getting into"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    World-class education and top of the field

    Cons

    You will have to do it all on your own, have lots of self-discipline and motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Better supervision structure painfully needed


  7. "One of the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    One of the best universities in the world. Great work environment. Ideal for research and carrier development.

    Cons

    Salary and cost of living in Oxford are not commensurate.

  8. "Administration back-log"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The name/university brand, opportunities to attend talks from world experts, networking.

    Cons

    Very little training. HR is overworked/understaffed so there was a really long delay in sorting out visa arrangements. Providing information about resources and accommodations for individuals with learning disabilities are not well organized.

    Advice to Management

    More training opportunity and structure to the training. You can't expect everyone with diverse learning to just pick things up and know what to do. Also, more clear help for people with learning disabilities.


  9. "MPhil Economics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Very good from my experience!

    Cons

    I have not found any yet.


  10. "One of the best unis in the woarld!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people everywhere
    Nice and quiet town

    Cons

    None, one of the best Uni in the world
    At the end it all depends on who you are working with


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