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Great people and interesting science

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I worked here for many years as a student and postdoc. Lots of interesting and exciting science and other things going on. I learned a lot in this job but found the pressure to write papers a lot. I understand that this suits some people but it was not for me
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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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excellent research environment

in the 1990s it was an exceptional place to work, i am uncertain if this remains true currently. Lovely city, can talk to work. Good colleagues, good funding.


excellent, renown university


pay wasn't as high as similar universities
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Few opportunities for career progression

Much lower salary compared to industrial or corporate positions, no work incentives e.g. bonuses, few opportunities for career progression as higher positions are already saturated and will only become available upon death, retirement or relocation of current staff.


Flexible(ish) working hours


Poor salary
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Hide-bound and Archaic Culture

Working for the University of Cambridge sounds like a dream job, but far from it. The University is so in love with its long history that it seems to actively resist modern workplace practices. Its attitude to disabled staff is egregiously, dangerously muddled and old-fashioned. Avoid like the plague if you are disabled in any way. Departments simply do not cooperate and many systems in place, such as IT support or purchasing appear to be arranged solely for the convenience of those providing them, not the users. It takes weeks to get anything basic done that would take about two hours anywhere else. To add insult to injury, they pay staff approximately one spine-point equivalent less than other universities for the same role.


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* Perfect job for work and life balance, and highly flexible job. * High reputation and high working colleagues * If temporary or fixed term, no guarantee for extension.
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Intellectually stimulating workplace

Offers more opportunity to learn new things about doing research, practical application of the research in industry and also develop personal skills such as time management, communication etc.
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Based on 173 reviews

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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
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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