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Updated Jul 29, 2014
Oxford University – Oxford – “University of Oxford, Computer Science Department”

Oxford University – Oxford – “University of Oxford, Computer Science Department”
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4.1 82 reviews

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Oxford University Chancellor Christopher Francis Patten

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87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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 5 reviews)


Cons
  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 3 reviews)

  • highly competitive, no job security (in 3 reviews)

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    Great experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat start to grow your career. Great work and life balance.

    ConsYou are unable to move ahead unless you know the right people.

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    nice place to study

    PhD Student (Former Employee)

    Prosworld-class experts in the field, and world-class research facilities, and smart colleagues. Life is relaxing, and research culture in the UK in general is not as pushy as that in USA

    Consvery expensive to live, and salary is general too low to ensure a truly comfortable life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    High expectations for no reward or offer of permanent work!

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsThe majority of the team are helpful and pleasant to work with.
    The holidays are good but I do not get them as a temporary worker!
    The hours are reasonably flexible - if you need to get away on time generally you can
    The pay scales are pretty reasonable

    ConsThere are a few obstructive individuals who make life difficult.
    There are high expectations of a temporary worker - in terms of hours
    There is an on going bullying culture that is not being tackled
    There is a lack of direction at times and clarity on what is required
    Highly reactive environment

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    Smart people, good work experience, but poor quality of life on the salaries available to postdocs.

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsThe lab I work in has lived up to my exceptions. My supervisor and lab mates are intelligent, friendly, well spoken, and very hard working. As anywhere, it's hard to find a good work/life balance, but I no one is pressured to work beyond a standard work day.
    The labs I've been in are well funded, well equipped and well stocked.
    The city is beautiful. There is amazing architecture, as well as wonderful countryside walks very nearby.

    ConsThe departmental bureaucracy can be painful to interact with.
    Oxford (and the south of England in general) is expensive to live in, and the postdoc positions do not pay enough to make living here truly comfortable.
    The university college system does not work well for postdocs. Opinions vary, but I feel that the system tends to make socializing more difficult - i.e. it tends to be isolating.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    i am a postdoc in genetics

    Clinical Research Project Manager (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    Prosif you want to do cutting-edge science, and the projects are truly challenging.

    Consit's low paid, could be frustrating and sometime political

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    Good place to work

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsSmart people, lots of seminars and research talks. The culture of out-of-the box thinking is very appealing. Free lunches and dinners. The city has a lot going on, with places to go out and a proximity to London.

    ConsThe separation of University into colleges isolates people and does not seem to serve any good purpose. Administration may not be very efficient, depending on which division you're in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    A great experience, surrounded by people you have a lot to learn from

    Lecturer (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsWork as a lecturer in independent: you have a lot of autonomy, you manage your own time, you get to teach bright students, and learn a lot from your colleagues. The work-life balance depends on you, since research never ends and you need to know when to stop.

    ConsSalaries are not great in academia; also, if you do not have a permanent position you are very likely to have to move to another part of the country for a different job; there is pressure to publish.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are lots of benefits in terms of housing and meals, which somewhat make up for the low salary.

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    Excellent three-year postdoc

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork is varied and relatively low-stress; colleagues are wonderful to work with and support for career development has been fantastic. There is plenty of scope to pursue personal research interests.

    ConsTeaching opportunities can be limited; cost of living is relatively high and the city can feel limited for those used to London.

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    High standard

    Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Former Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsCompensation, job standard, relaxed culture

    ConsThe cost of living is quite high compared to even a more than average salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

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

    ProsAll is good. Big name uni.

    ConsPolitics and all the ego boosting

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to modernise

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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