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Updated January 27, 2017
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  • 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. "Recommend for Networking Opportunities"

    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

    Employees have a wider networking opportunities

    Cons

    Quite over-rated and very bureaucratic


  2. "ESR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  3. "Okay place to work, nothing special"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PDRA in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PDRA in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting people to work with
    Generally the facilities are very good
    Students are motivated, makes teaching more fun

    Cons

    Huge amounts of bureaucracy, makes getting anything done difficult
    Don't expect to be involved in colleges if you're a post-doc, most are ignored.
    Doesn't feel like there's any room for progression.
    Pay is awful compared to Oxford cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forgot about post-docs and remember that you're a university - not just a business.


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  5. "Oxford lab tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Supervisor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Supervisor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with -relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Can be the same routine every day


  6. "so-so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    attracts lots of brilliant students and researchers, lots of academic and industry opportunities, great brand name

    Cons

    overall management leaves a lot to be desired


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Holidays and the relaxed nature of the job and pretty much doing what you want as long as the work gets done

    Cons

    staff politics and beyond weak management that leads to the caring members of the workforce getting lumbered with extra work as the "shouters" get let off

    Advice to Management

    MAN UP!!!


  8. "Research fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Interesting work, cutting edge research
    Good facilities
    Mostly nice colleagues
    Looks good on your CV
    Discover the world

    Cons

    Most postdocs do not get permanent positions
    Strong competition
    No work life balance
    No family friendly working environment
    Attracts people without ambitions in the real world
    nerdy environment

    Advice to Management

    provide better tenure track possibilities


  9. "Payments Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor

    Pros

    Great organisation with plenty of internal opportunities

    Cons

    Employees have no drive and motivation

    Advice to Management

    Try to invigorate the work force with benefit schemes


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A place I would go back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Website Editor/Lodge Porter in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Website Editor/Lodge Porter in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employment appreciation, friendly environment, various employment benefits

    Cons

    Limited sharing of each department's duties, lack of communication between higher management and lower management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employment feedback.


  11. "research assistant"

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

    Pros

    Good HR, life and work balance.

    Cons

    segregation of employees based on job title and responsibilities



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