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Updated July 30, 2017
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  • 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 9 reviews)

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  1. "long term limitations"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    state art research, amongst world leading scientists

    Cons

    some funding justification has lead to less core funds for house keeping in palace of new core facilities. longterm career progression is limited unless your of PI potential


  2. "teaching assistant"

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    Former Freelancer - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Freelancer - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging, engaging , good pay

    Cons

    The work of freelance employers could be better structured

  3. "Good city to do PhD in (Chemistry), but £££"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Oxford is a fantastic and almost unique city (other than Cambridge) in the UK - nowhere else is quite like it. Facilities are largely excellent and modern, quality of research is high. For a city steeped in history, it is also well-equipped with more "modern" amenities (decent shops, leisure facilities etc) and is within striking distance of the capital.

    Also huge numbers of extra-curricular opportunities. Genuinely, whatever your interest, from volunteer teaching to harry potter, there is a club for it.

    Careers department is top class.

    Cons

    Oxford is a very expensive place to live, which combined with the inevitably average student funding can make it a bit challenging.

    Within my department, whilst most facilities are good, some are decidedly lacking. This is primarily due to questionable running of facilities by university bureaucracy (e.g. refusing to fund a laboratory freezer being a recent highlight).


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities can be found!"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great diversity - very international place to work. Plenty of opportunities to collaborate if that's what you'd like to do. Lots of interesting seminars that you can attend to expand your knowledge and to network.

    Cons

    If you are not a member of a college, it can be very difficult to fully integrate into the university/city so I'd highly recommend becoming affiliated with a college -for both socially and academically.

    Advice to Management

    There are a plenty of old school management styles/division with a lot of long term members - there can be quite a lot of resistance to change, so listen out for younger voices. Also given the very competitive nature, the working atmosphere can be quite fierce - definitely would benefit from compulsory training for group leaders!


  5. "A good review"

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    Current Employee - Bodleian Business Librarian in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bodleian Business Librarian in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intellectual capital of the comunity

    Cons

    A very large organisation that doesn't implement change veryeasily

    Advice to Management

    simplify things


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    "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Oxford Uni has amazing resources in terms of it support, admin, training, etc. In these terms they are probably the best in Europe.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the admin is somewhat complicated with departments, divisions, colleges. The relevant people tend not to talk to each other, and communication is a burden.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize processes across different departments.


  7. "Chemistry postdoc"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible hours and freedom of research. Really interesting science. International environment. Top quality instruments.

    Cons

    Too busy, more people than space allows. A waiting list of 2-3 weeks for using popular instruments. Makes it difficult to focus on research.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously, many want to get into the Chemistry department at Oxford university. However, to keep the high quality of research we need to match the number of people to the available space and facilities we have.

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    "Core Facility Manager"

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    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


  9. "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.


  10. "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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