Oxford University Reviews

Updated 10 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. Great Experience!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University

    Pros

    personal growth, great projects, interaction with top academics in the field.

    Cons

    Long working hours, have to motivate yourself

  2. This would be a good place for people who are only career oriented.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Chennai
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Chennai

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    brand name, salary, other benefits like reimbursements and

    Cons

    inability to find work-life balance, more pressure, a transparent communication channel is not present

    Advice to Management

    Improving the work culture would benefit the organization.

  3. 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

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  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. PhD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, nice supervisor, friendly, and sociable

    Cons

    Competitive, out of date techniques, relatively poor rigs

  11. Being a student

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

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

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

    Pros

    It's great - interesting tutors, wide variety of options. Studying Lit hum which i really like, not sure about future income but pretty happy with opportunities so far.

    Cons

    Lots of work, not incredible links with industry. Arguably not the best place for employment. Some colleagues are very work focused etc etc etc

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