Oxford University Reviews

Updated 2 August 2015
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Oxford University Chancellor Christopher Francis Patten
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Pros
  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Top people to work with and a beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work-life balance, often poor supervision (in 5 reviews)

  • very expensive to live, and salary is general too low to ensure a truly comfortable life (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Oxford Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    Supportive working environment, good work-life balance, outside of work opportunities, interaction with colleges optional. It is probably a more traditional place to work, so you need to be proactive to look for opportunities that certainly exist.

    Cons

    Salary OK for Oxford for singles or couples. It becomes difficult to rent a bigger house for family in Oxford. Easy commute from all around the city. Many departments are in the heart of the city centre.

    Advice to Management

    It is probably a more traditional place to work, so you need to be proactive to look for opportunities that certainly exist.


  2. Postdoc

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    Superb environment, interesting work, supportive staff

    Cons

    Delayed reimbursement of work travel costs


  3. Excellent Research Facilities

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    Current Employee - Phd Fellow
    Current Employee - Phd Fellow

    I have been working at Oxford University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent research facilities, networking capabilities

    Cons

    Nothing. I would highly recommend it.


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  5. Great place to work, if a little dusty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by truly brilliant people, lots of whom have a strong academic background in a variety of subject areas. Autonomy is variable but generally good.

    Cons

    There can be a prevailing attitude of 'it's been this way for 600 years, so why change it?' Sometimes there's a good reason!

    Advice to Management

    Some of Oxford's fustiness is discouraging talented people.


  6. Careers Adviser

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    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Careers Adviser in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Supportive and knowledgeable colleagues. In this part of the organisation, management encourages innovation and is interested in finding good new ideas that work, and accepts that sometimes new things won't work as well as planned.

    Cons

    You do the work for its intrinsic value and satisfaction rather than the pay cheque. However, working conditions, atmosphere and flexible working make up for this somewhat.

    Advice to Management

    Across the University as a whole, management is not very coherent: too defensive of its own patch and power base rather than strategic; too bureaucratic and unable to respond quickly and flexibly.


  7. Worth it, but hard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Offers fast-paced work environment with un-rivalled opportunities for graduates

    Cons

    Often difficult to maintain work-life balance


  8. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    Learn a lot of stuffs

    Cons

    low funding for internationals, not enough for room rent


  9. Fantastic experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salary, good head, fantastic team, Above average holidays

    Cons

    Too expensive living cost in Oxford.

    Advice to Management

    Should consider living cost in Oxford.


  10. Amazing people, amazing campus, lovely small city

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You will meet some of the best yet down-to-earth minds ! Oxford taught me how to think about life, more than about my field of work ! Comparing with my previous experience in Asia and after interaction with researchers from other leading US/UK universities, I feel Oxford provides added flexibility and associated platforms to instigate creative thinking and produce ground-breaking research. Everyone from colleagues to the admin staff were ready to help you succeed (at least in my institute). City is compact. safe and green (well, its UK!), and has a friendly vibe ! You feel history in cobbled streets, old pubs, beautiful gardens and grand buildings ! Its just an hour from London by train (though expensive) and close to beautiful English countryside ! If you are interested, lots of social events to meet people. Also, fair amount of within-campus seminars and symposiums with leading individuals in industry, academia and government to hear from and connect with.

    Cons

    Decentralised administration, sometimes poor facility ! If you are in an old building, it can be cold in the winter ! But then, you are allowed to work at home (or in my case, local cafes). Salaries are not enough for single earner families as rents and other costs in Oxford are 2nd only to London and increasing.

    Advice to Management

    Consider salaries than align with actual living costs !


  11. PhD student

    Former Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The university is well located. The college system is unique and quite enjoyable. As a PhD student, you can get a very good life/work balance.

    Cons

    Living and studying in Oxford University is very expensive. The living cost is close to that in London. Getting a full scholarship nowadays is becoming more and more difficult for non-European students.



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