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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • bank holidays, great work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Friendly and supportive working environment (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "working as a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great collaborations
    good facilities
    people from all over the world make it a fun place to be

    Cons

    they try to pay you as little as possible!

    Advice to Management

    do some managing


  2. "I am not there yet."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing reputation full of great science.

    Cons

    Do not know yet. Salary could be better.


  3. "Excellent institution, unique culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The history and reputation of the university give it a great gravitational pull, so you will literally work and study with excellent people from around the world. It is located in a beautiful town, near to London, with a high quality of life.

    Cons

    The history and culture is have a lot of inertia, and most administrative decisions are made based on precedent. The complex interactions between colleges and departments, and the lack of a clear central authority, make for a diverse range of climates. None of these are "cons," per se, but they are important characteristic of the culture.


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  5. "phd student . ."

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    Current Employee - PhD in Cambridge, MD
    Current Employee - PhD in Cambridge, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge part-time

    Pros

    one of best place to study

    Cons

    one of best place in the world

    Advice to Management

    good place


  6. "Review from a student."

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    Current Employee - Master of Philosophy
    Current Employee - Master of Philosophy
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Well equipped research environment, good to network and meet important people in your field.
    Nice town and colleges.
    Easy access to a lot of resources, workshops, free courses, journals, libraries etc.

    Cons

    Administration not very caring about students.


  7. "Great university"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation can open doors for young researchers. Colloratorative research environment. Access to lab facilities is generally good.

    Cons

    Cost of living is insanely high and postdoc salaries do no match it. Can't compete with London commuters for housing. As any university there is a fast turnover of staff and colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Minimise the paperwork. That's about all I can think of.


  8. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work and great people

    Cons

    A lot of work which is very condensed


  9. "Best, fast track option to professorship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Team spirit, chance to take on project responsibilities, last authorships, (limited) budget responsibilities, amazing intellectual input from bosses

    Cons

    Salary, short and tenured contracts, you basically dedicate your life to this job with small (so rather cons of academia and Cambridge is no exception)


  10. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Worlds best researchers are your colleagues

    Cons

    Cambridge is very expensive to live.


  11. "PhD student review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility and freedom

    Cons

    Reliance on scientists who often do not feel the need to keep strict deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Impose more aggressive deadlines



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