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Oxford University Reviews

Updated April 26, 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. Helpful (2)

    "well-paid academia job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    not much workload, nice environment

    Cons

    high living cost, not so much fun in Oxford


  2. "Great Researchers, some incompetent staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great researchers, some of the best minds in the world. Absolutely brilliant research going on across a whole range of departments, and you get access to so many amazing resources. Beautiful buildings and city!

    Cons

    Some really incompetent staff who are impossible to sack! The process to sack anyone rarely ever takes place, and often takes 2-3 years. If you are stuck with incompetent staff in your role, it's often easier just to move yourself, than try to get them moved elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to put people under performance review.


  3. "One of the best, if you can deal with the workload"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic supervisors and facilities - there are few places overall for teaching and research that are as good as Oxford. Unique atmosphere, brilliant reputation.

    Cons

    Some of the administration is stuck with archaic traditions which don't translate well to the modern day. An unfortunate minority of the academics and staff know they're at one of the best universities in the world, and like to make sure the world knows it by being difficult, unreasonable and arrogant.

    You also pay for the reputation of the University by, understandably, being expected to produce high quality work, and a lot of it. This can feel intimidating, even overwhelming, at times.

    Advice to Management

    Tradition is fine, and adds to the University's historic atmosphere, but where it makes life more difficult than it needs to be, or off-putting and alienating to those unfamiliar to the institution it should be removed or toned down. Staff who like to make the most of the University's reputation by thinking they can get away with being difficult or rude need to be disciplined in some manner.

    Aside from this though, the positives outweigh the negatives - the research carried out here is fantastic, and it's a brilliant place to work if you find the right supervisor. The facilities and libraries should be maintained as the great places they are, and support should be given where these facilities are falling into disrepair.


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  5. "Excelent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great learning environment. Not only supervisors, but great availability of talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build.

    Advice to Management

    University very well managed and supervised.


  6. "DPhil Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellence of research, freedom and flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of feedback, funding duration often ill-defined


  7. "can be challanging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure, tag, good career counseling

    Cons

    mostly short term until your expertise is transferred to a local emplyee

    Advice to Management

    try to respect junior employees, times are changing.


  8. "Great experience for early-career researchers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great students to work with
    -World-wide renowned brand
    -College affiliation carries additional benefits

    Cons

    Fixed-term contract with no room for career development


  9. "Research Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best learning experience, great preparation before getting into advanced degree

    Cons

    not being paid much
    complicated admin


  10. "Recommend for Networking Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Employees have a wider networking opportunities

    Cons

    Quite over-rated and very bureaucratic


  11. "Research Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the top 5 universities all over the world. It gives you prestige for your future career. Easy to get private and public funding. Cutting edge research.

    Cons

    Some facilities are not as good as expected.


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