Oxford University Reviews

Updated 26 April, 2015
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  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Absolutely beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth, (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  2. Postdoctoral research assistant

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

    I worked at Oxford University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Academically challenging and motivating place. Has some great projects.

    Cons

    Less interdepartmental interaction for postdoctoral researchers

  3. Research Fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work place. One gets the chance to bounce ideas with amazing brains. I would definitely recommend working for Oxford University.

    Cons

    There is nothing to mention here except that Oxford is a small city but it is only one hour from London.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work.

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  5. postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    very good university to work in, brilliant people

    Cons

    The salary is quite low, and the living expense is quite high in Oxford as well.

  6. Oxford Lecturer Position

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    General work environment, research opportunities

    Cons

    Career outlook and permanent positions limited

  7. I very much enjoy working at Oxford.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to move around the University career-wise, from role to role. There is an inclusive and friendly atmosphere and the pension scheme is very generous.

    Cons

    Being a not-for-profit university, the salaries aren't as high as in the private sector. The turnover rate in my office is also quite fast.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share upcoming roles around the University so that people can make horizontal and vertical moves, and to promote the best people for each job.

  8. DPhil student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Well supported, good professional development opportunities in terms of courses. Excellent IT courses free to staff. The career service is genuinely excellent an every active

    Cons

    Very little options for promotion, very political, get funding or you're out. Salaries compare poorly with other universities and contracts tend to be short with no hope of a permanent job unless you are a clinician

    Advice to Management

    Start treating scientists with the same level of respect reserved for the clinicians - remember your reputation is based on good science and its the scientists that produce not the clinicians

  9. research assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    scientifically exciting environment in an international context

    Cons

    low salaries compared to the life expenses

  10. No many opportunities within the university

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    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours. Great for networking.

    Cons

    Temporal contract. It isnot easy to get teaching hours. Oxford is an expensive place to live.

    Advice to Management

    Openly discuss career prospects with the employee

  11. Administrative Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University

    Pros

    clear structure, pension scheme, holidays,

    Cons

    not much potential for growth, inflexible

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