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Updated 20 October, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 18 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 9 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. "Research associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Everybody who is anybody comes through here, so its a great place to be a researcher.
    Lots of staff support for things like immigration

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is intense
    Oxford is an extremely expensive place to live and the salaries don't match that


  3. "DPhil Statistics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    a lot of conference funding, a lot of support from the Faculty, teaching opportunities, great working culture

    Cons

    Perhaps funding could be given for 4 years rather than 3.5 which would make the job-seeking process less stressful.


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  5. "Smart people, great city (for phd student)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    - Wonderful City
    - Great mentoring, but that depends a lot on the supervisor
    - Great college community

    Cons

    - Expensive to live in Oxford
    - There are VERY smart people there, which can be intimidating to some


  6. "Summer research internship at Oxford"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, friendly colleagues, good experience

    Cons

    Slow paced research, not much direction or goals


  7. "Lecturer & Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University part-time

    Pros

    Great institution, surrounded by smart people.

    Cons

    The weather is pretty bad.


  8. "PPE Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Great reading list, beautiful city

    Cons

    Unreasonable amount of work (little time to reflect on studies because of constant deadlines)


  9. "Ressearch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Very good infrastructure and facilities

    Cons

    Very competitive setting and minimum collaboration amongst professors

    Advice to Management

    Please increase the collaboration between the departments


  10. "Class Tutor -- MPLS Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University part-time

    Pros

    * Interesting work: you are paid to explain a subject you are passionate about and good at (hopefully)
    * Teaching a subject makes you inderstand certain aspects on a deep and intuivie level
    * Very flexible hours for marking and preparation
    * You get to work with young and keen students most of the time.

    Cons

    * No pay for time spent in preparation or marking; only time “in front of the blackboard” is counted towards your hours worked.


  11. "Not good in postdoc training"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    30 days of annual leave. Smart people and abundant resources.

    Cons

    Not good for in vivo research due to the strict animal regulations. Postdocs spend too much time on supervising students and have few chances to write their own grants.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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