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Oxford University Reviews

Updated May 28, 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 might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 17 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "PhD student Immunology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Personal development
    Working time flexibility
    Relax and friendly environment
    Talks diversity
    Networking opportunities

    Cons

    Salary
    Crowded
    Administration,
    Location
    Lack of space, building, car park


  2. "Law Faculty, University of Oxford"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, good leadership and management.

    Cons

    University bureaucracy can be time consuming and stifling.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, Need better management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "I am a student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great learning environment, interaction with tutors is a great way to learn things and practice thinking on your feet

    Cons

    It is very stressful, and the workload is heavy--you lose a lot of your social life and opportunities out side the classroom are sparse

    Advice to Management

    The pros outweigh the cons--keep it the same please, ffs how long is this oging to take i just want to read the brookings reviews


  6. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    World class university enabling cross disciplinary research. The college system is something to be experienced. Everyone is friendly and the daycare system is very well maintained and adequate.

    Cons

    far away from the academic life in the US


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Good career development opportunities
    Good support

    Cons

    Salary scales could be improved as Oxford is an expensive place to live

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Oxford"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, pretty place, buzzing with ideas.

    Cons

    Salaries low in comparison to living costs


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Core Facility Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My 10 years here have been the best of my working life.

    Cons

    Care needs taking about which group to work for. A narcissistic boss could pull you down.
    Short term contract make life difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Consider introducing personality tests to screen out narcissists


  10. "For PhD students and postdocs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Very important research, and wonderful colleagues, so it's a great place for an academic, if there is a research group in Oxford that specializes in your field.

    Cons

    From my experience at Oxford University, it offers quite low pay and short-term contract for junior academics, so may not be a great place for someone just starting out.


  11. "Nice colleagues, gorgeous setting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Beautiful city and buildings to work in. You feel like you are contributing to something really special. Treated with respect by management, lots of independence.

    Cons

    No cons to this job (based in a Library). One of the best jobs I had, shame it was only a temporary part time placement.


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