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Updated 18 January 2018
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Oxford, England (UK)

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Oxford University Chancellor Christopher Francis Patten
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Demanding, nice city, international outlook

    Cons

    I have to write a review just to look at other people's reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Be a legend


  2. "Nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic working environment and rich resources for personal development.

    Cons

    Small town and after several years you may be bored with it. But still many people love it. So this is more a personal preference.


  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exceptional staff members, facilities, access to university life

    Cons

    Pressure driven, but none more so than one would currently expect from academia


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  5. "Excellent Place for Truly Passionate People"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best facilities and funding opportunities to be found internationally. I believe it is a place where ideas can be brought to life and plenty of room for expansion is given for independent thought and innitiative.

    Cons

    Some of the worst people-managers I have seen in my entire life. Managers focus solely on the academic side of things, completely disregarding growing as a person. Working till midnight is common as is working Saturdays and Sundays.

    Advice to Management

    Put more systems in place to oversee and regulate the supervisor student relationships, especially when something goes wrong, as a sustainable collaboration is vital for the good outcome of every project.


  6. "Undergrate in Oxford, pros and cons."

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    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very stressful, the workload is high.

    Cons

    learn a lot, able to meet excellent people.


  7. "senior postdoctoral scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    research environment of academic excellence

    Cons

    As with most universities, there is no career path for researchers with a Ph.D, that wish to remain in academic research but do not wish to become principal investigators.


  8. "Assignment with the Temporary Staffing Service"

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    Former Contractor - Temporary Administrative Support Staff in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Temporary Administrative Support Staff in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Short two month assignment but given a chance to experience working for the University and supported by line manager and team throughout.

    Cons

    As it was temporary some of the work could be very monotonous.


  9. "Engineering CDT DPhil Student"

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

    Good student stipend on an EPSRC CDT program, unique college/university lifestyle and opportunities

    Cons

    Some colleagues are too strongly influenced by industry partners, and there is too much distraction from academic pursuits


  10. "Typical TOP-10 UK University + cost of Oxford life"

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    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Facilities
    -Top-end Equipment
    -Interaction within the labs
    -Chance for multidisciplinary projects.
    -Hub for internationally-recognised research

    Cons

    -No Career Pathway
    -Cost of life in Oxford it's a big issue.


  11. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and curious people always happy to engage with ideas

    Cons

    Slow pace and poor management


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