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Great place to work and learn

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Good place to workAble to learn a lotRelaxed atmosphereHoliday allowance is goodAccess to play schemeParking availableCasual attireWould recommendGood work culture




Lack of staff in other depts
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Good Place to Study

Enjoyed my undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. Admittedly during the pandemic it wasn't very fun to deal with the disruptions, but that happened everywhere.


Good Professors


Pandemic Disruption
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  • Energising work tasks
  • Ability to learn new things

Not competitive salaries

Good work culture and life work balance.Not many benefits and low salariesStruggling to keep upwith the current marketProgression depends on the management
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Good pay, management needs improving

Good place to work, obviously it differs from department to department but overall a decent place. Management could be tricky at times but pay is decent.


Decent Pay


Lack of support from management
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Enjoyable workplace

My time working here was great, but being a lab-based postdoc meant little job security and working long hours. That said, the academic freedom and closeness of people in my lab was great and something I really miss.
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Depends from the department

I had a few experiences at the university and they were very different. One very energising and family inclusive; the other one less engaging and more academic. It really depends from the department you’re working in.
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Boring and intense

It can be nice to work in an environment filled with incredibly intelligent people, but most of them tend to be pretty boring, cold, opinionated and intense! People only talk about their work like 99% of the time, even at social events, they seem to have difficulty switching off (or talking about normal everyday subjects). There's also a constant peer pressure to appear 'intelligent' making most newcomers start to conform over time to almost all become cynical 'know-it-alls'.
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High workload and repetitive

Working hours are OK, overtime is well compensated and arranged with good notice. Workload is very repetitive and not very engaging. Lots of micromanaging and little opportunity to progress and take on new responsibilities.
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Love it here

Love working here, did take a couple weeks to get a computer log in but the people are lovely, the hourly rate is great and it’s a place where people stay. I work with a colleague that’s worked for Cambridge university for 20 years


Lovely colleagues & good pay


Bit boring job
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Employment Law is a Joke

I worked for UC previously on a fixed-term contract and had a positive experience. The atmosphere was professional, the responsibilities are varied and matched my qualifications and education at that time. However, when it was over I was unable to find a next role with any of the departments. They replied to me saying that have 'better people', 'more qualified'. After some time, I was offered a position with one of the departments as an assistant of someone whose qualifications are well below then mine and with no previous experience. The role was mundane and management idiotic. The manager would often call me on the last minute of the last working hour and start a discussion. No overtime rate was offered.


Petty cash.


Poor pay and job security, poor management.
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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.




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 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


On-site gym. Free pension contributions after qualifying time


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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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