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Decent pay, good career support and courses, great reputation

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

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Reputation is excellent for future employment.
Research is not notch.
City is small enough to not feel overwhelming.

Cons

Services can be a little 2nd world (e.g IT).
Quality of support entirely dependent on PI, not University.

Advice to Management

Put a university wide scheme in place to ensure all staff are routinely assessed for developmental needs.

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  1. Good working experience

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    Former Contractor - Database Administrator in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Database Administrator in Oxford, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Great and interesting collegues, supportive work environment, good and supportive bosses.

    Cons

    limited opportunities for advancement for temps, interns and contract workers, very difficult to get a permanent position, especially if you're not a UK citizen,it ahs nothing to do with you having excellent qualifications and fantastic working experience.

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    Overall a positive experience but it is a long way off perfect

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

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

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

    Pros

    You have a lot of freedom to pursue your own ideas. You tend to come across a good quality of other scientists to work with, not always but certainly more often than not. There are always talks from big players in the field, either yours or in other fields. Depends massively on your supervisor, but there does seem reasonable funding around to help your research.

    Cons

    If your ideas you have don't result in a decent publication or two every 2-3 years, you will find it tough in academia. Luck plays a big role but also the output and attitude of those around you. Being a post-doc for a long time with low job security can be a bit of a painful experience. Supervisors of labs were selected as good scientists, and not managers, so labs can end up run badly.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors of labs vary massively in their ability to be managers, which in their defence was not what they were selected for. Some training, and accountability for bad practice would help.

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