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Updated 15 July, 2018
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  • "Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Expensive to live in and hard to rent a nice house" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Traditional Shop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing city to live in; fantastic colleagues

    Cons

    Limited job security; definitely still work to do on gender equality


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    "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.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Research talent and excellent professors

    Cons

    Outdated traditions and lack of resources


  4. "Some frustrations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good opportunities for progression, training and development, contributing to a worldwide educational name.

    Cons

    Silo environment wishing different departments, very easy for some to coast while others pick up the slack with no recognition, HR are incredibly clueless in my department and have their priorities completely wrong, academics are king and allowed to behave however they like while management and administrative staff are sometimes disrespected and poorly supported.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise those who keep the departments on track, train HR teams properly, manage poor performance and understand the frustration in increasing student numbers and workload but refusing to increase head count.


  5. "Research assistant department of economics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work and lots of autonomy.

    Cons

    The work can be unstructured at times.


  6. "Great place to do your PhD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours
    - Interesting research
    - Interaction with top academics in the field

    Cons

    - Demanding environment
    - Low pay


  7. "great staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    incredibly insightful time, staff are friendly and hardworking.

    Cons

    none to mention, but perhaps they could pay better

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Academic"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Facilities, close contact with students

    Cons

    Administrative burden, increasingly imperious central administration, cost of living in Oxford


  9. "Working at Oxford"

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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)

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    Oxford is an expensive place to live


  10. "The oxford life"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to be, nice city, smart people, great pension plan

    Cons

    Weather is dodgy, big egos everywhere, conceited undergraduates

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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