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Academic
It's a typical academic workplace – average salary but good benefits, educated colleagues, generally relaxed workplace but moments of more stressful work.
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Soul destroying
Awful culture. Thankless. People unfriendly and cold. Only work as Assistant staff if you have little or no self esteem or are a yes sayer. Only academics count.
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Pay
Cons
Everything else
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Friendly and enthusiastic culture.
Good benefits, interesting work, enthusiastic and happy environment. Facilities usually good. Parking is seriously limited at the CUH/Addenbrooke's site.
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Un posto che offre molto
....ma devi essere molto proactive per accedere a tutto quello che l'universita' ti offre.
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Good company
Large office
Management was not consistent in what they said

Workplace culture varied from office to office

Typical day was spent sending Emails with some phone calls

Most enjoyable part of job was talking to volunteers by phone
Pros
On-site gym. Free pension contributions after qualifying time
Cons
Management was not good. Job Description was misleading to role
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Intense but rewarding
Supervision responsibilites vary depending on the course. Teaching is rewarding but marking can become overwhelming if too many courses are taken on. The academic workplace is supportive and friendly, but supervisors are expected to be more independent than at some other universities. This may be seen as a pro or a con depending on one's experience in the field.
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Great environment, great to work for them
It’s very relaxed but jobs are being done precisely and on time.
Staff and students are very friendly.

Salary is different depending on your department and group you are working at.
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Interesting, fun place to work
Fun and interesting with lots of people to talk to. They were fairly well organised ad maybe even a bit underworked at times. MOst people were friendly and spoke to you about their work which was always very interesting.
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Great place to work
see previous University of Cambridge reviews - nice place to work, great environment to learn life long skills, attend loads of courses and training opportunities, very friendly people.
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Productivity
Great place to work for, but less pay for some. Management is excellent
Teamwork

Multicultural

Great opportunity for young peoples

Flexibility of working hour

Great holiday package
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Great place to work
Great place to work with high work culture. Highly recommended as an Employer. Friendly environment, very good support in any aspect of work. Very good organised.
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Productive
Nice place to work good job, teamwork, pretty support from the employer. Very good work, attention to detail, and you are required to follow the cleaning standards of the University of Cambridge.
Pros
good package of benefits
Cons
some Saturdays it is necessary to work in conferences
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Great research environment
Great collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment with flexible working hours and housing benefits, but low salary and unpredictable career advancement.
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Indecisive time wasters
Indecisive time wasters that don’t have a clear vision of what they want, their limitations and the rubbish IT systems. They pretend to be effective but are ineffective and very poor employers. I would not consider ever working for them again as they are the worst employers I have had and are totally out of touch with reality.
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Free Lunches
Cons
Delusional management
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Work with the smartest people in the world
Unless you happen to be the number 1 researcher in your field and can get an academic position, there are basically zero career progression options.
The salaries have to be comparable to other UK institutions (ie, not terrible but fairly modest compared to equivalent jobs working in industry), yet thanks to the well paying companies in the city the cost of living in Cambridge is very high - so actual disposable income is therefore relatively low.

Academics (ie, lecturers and above) are treated like royalty (perhaps deservedly), while everyone else is effectively a second class citizen (generally undeservedly), almost like a caste system.

Short term (1-2 year) contracts are the norm for all types of position except academics (who are wheeled out when they die), which means there is quite a high churn. Generally speaking people don't have trouble finding the next contract after their allotted 2 year stint, but it places an unhelpful level of stress towards the end - and naturally makes people look for (and often find) pastures new.


Pre-reading for your interview should include the latest editions of The Economist and The Guardian.
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nice place
nice place to work, all contract work only available now.

no parking available on site at the engineering department. public transport only to the department.


no staff canteen on site
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Good place to work
Colleges have a flexible work culture and collleagues are friendly. There are opportunities to move around, or switch positions if you are a hard worker.
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Wellbeing good
Excellent restaurant, free gym, free tennis club membership, University Centre membership, a discount card for students of the University, organised CPD,
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Food
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World leading university with best resources
The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209 and granted a Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university. The university grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople. The two 'ancient universities' share many common features and are often referred to jointly as 'Oxbridge'. The history and influence of the University of Cambridge have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
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A big amount of resources, nice people, nice staff, a lot of smart and hard working students
Cons
Quite low salaries but high living cost
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Lovely to work for
Wonderful to work for, very supportive, working for the University is a good career, good pensions & benefits for long -term employee's, good salaries and annual leave and sick pay
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Dysfunctional and short sighted
Everyone is annoyed at someone. Morale is low. Progression is near impossible unless you are already at the top. Permanent contracts and fair pay offered from the top down. A lot of bureaucracy and pie-in-the-sky ideas about how we can work together with no follow through.
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