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Updated March 25, 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. "For PhD students and postdocs"

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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

    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.


  2. "Projects - IT Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Good methodology, good approach, good range of roles from PM, Business Analysts, Change managers, etc.
    Continuous improvement of methodology and delivery techniques

    Cons

    University ran by committees - slow decision making. Very large Dept, not joined up.


  3. "A great place with very few cons."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Closeknit, warm, ambitious, collegiate, open-minded, and strategic.

    Cons

    Low salaries and, therefore, poor staff retention.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. "Great Institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High standards maintained without being constrictive, and the facilities are constantly being updated. Lots of very intelligent people around and very welcoming.

    Cons

    Sometimes the administration can take a while to process things and because of the collegiate system it's not always clear who's in charge of what processes.

    Advice to Management

    More centralised university services


  6. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to some of the best minds in the world, amazing personal development and networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Inequality between colleges. Sometimes long and uneven working hours.


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

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    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.


  8. "Great Researchers, some incompetent staff"

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    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.


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    "well-paid academia job"

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    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


  10. "2 Year Postdoc at Oxford University"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    Pros

    - Get to work with clever people
    - Access to state-of-the-art facilities
    - Beautiful location

    Cons

    - University administration is not very supportive of young researchers (especially postdocs)
    - Postdocs are not members of a college by default, which to an extent prevents them from integrating into the academic community at Oxford
    - Job uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Oxford University should be more supportive of postdoctoral researchers, create more career development opportunities for them, and be more willing to contribute to research fellowships that do not pay full economic costs (FEC).


  11. "Good access to new technologies but very slow admin and life/work balance not great"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor

    Pros

    There is always the opportunity of accessing new technologies for your research i.e. recent/improved assays, machines etc

    Cons

    Life/work balance is not great, administration for literally anything takes forever



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