Administrator (Current Employee) – Oxford – 17 April 2018
Great opportunities to progress if initiative is taken. Found myself in situations that gave me chances to grow personally and find a career path. Communication levels are good, making a team member feeling comfortable and able to convey any worries or ideas.
Great research environment, low salary, little progression
Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Current Employee) – Nuffield, Oxfordshire – 7 February 2018
For a postdoctoral researcher in the sciences there is no better place to be to (i) meet high profile academics at the top of their fields (both the staff and the visiting colloquium speakers & collaborators), and (ii) access the equipment/data you need to do your best research. But the wages are terrible (low even by UK standards; if you see a job ad with a range you will be getting for sure the lowest tier in that range) and there is very little chance of progression within the university (if they need someone at a higher grade they'll hire someone else rather than allowing an internal re-grading). You will also need to have your own credit card to pay for all your work-related travel and expenses up front (e.g. flights to the US for a conference) then wait months for a reimbursement.
Really enjoy working here. Lovely colleagues to work with. Its a good environment to work in. I have had a good learning experience over the last few years from start to close out of a Phase III clinical trial. There have been initial struggles with setting up the sites but then its been a huge learning curve as well.
The people there were extremely friendly. As I had just finished University i was looking for a temporary job just to keep me going until i moved to London to start my career. The manager was very appreciative of this and allowed me multiple days off at such short notice to attend interviews.
AutoCAD/BIM Technician (Current Employee) – University of Oxford – 19 September 2017
When working for the university you will be presented with plenty of opportunities and benefits including a competitive salary.
First of all you could be permitted access to visit many of the university's high profile and restricted access buildings, giving you the chance to see behind the curtain of Oxford as well as some of the amazing architecture and history of the city.
As employers the university are very flexible, understanding and keen to support growth and learning. Once a month we here within the estates services team will sit down with our superiors once a month to discuss our personal/working lives and offer any praise, advice or criticisms we have have in order to create a more transparent, understanding and productive working environment.
Though parking is scarce, they do their best to support their employees with transport schemes to help reduce travelling costs. When I am required to travel on site, they provide a broad selection of pool bikes and can even offer a shuttle service to the more distant locations, of which are all free to university employees.
Flexible working hours, competitive salary, friendly environment, opportunities to grow and learn
Administrator (Former Employee) – Oxford, Oxfordshire – 8 September 2017
The business was research into childhood cancers, so could be emotive at times but still a rewarding job to do. Would have liked to have stayed on but the travelling times at each end of the day became difficult as a close family member was terminally ill at the time.
Catering Administrator (Former Employee) – Oxford – 14 August 2017
overall, very enjoyable experience. I worked here for 3 years, only problems I found was personal problems between staff making it's way into the working environment. At the beginning favouritism was an issue, but that got resolved after a year or so and the roots started becoming fairer. Since its had a change of hand higher up though, I believe it to be run differently to when i was there.
Free meals on duty, friendly staff
irregular shifts/hours, sometimes 40+, sometimes barely 10+ a week.
A wide ranging organisation, the University of Oxford offer very much to the student who can afford to study there. In the wider sense, were it not for the University one might wander whether Oxford's tourist industry would be quite so strong.