University of Cambridge
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Really interesting research and great people

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I interned here a while back and had a great time with the team. They do really interesting research, have a great location, and they are highly motivated people!
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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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Based on 23 survey responses
What people like
  • Supportive environment
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Time and location flexibility

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.


Limited local retail discounts


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head pastry chef

in charge of the pastry for one of the college under Cambridge University . we are preparing hot cold and plated desserts for 550 people everyday with different range of dessert , in addiction we host weddings and private vip dinner.
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Productive work place

I spend most of my time in the lab, which I love it. I work doing genotiping, PCRs and another lab technics. I'm with a research group working with Heliconius butterflies, our work is based on the genetic basis of wing patterns, conducting crossing experiments in Panama with races of H. melpomene wich led to the cloning and identification of wing pattern genes such as optix.
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Reputable company which puts its people first.

Nice place to work, looks after its staff as much as possible. Good benefits, reasonable salary, feel valued. Looks after employees with a long length of service who perform their roles well.
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Productive and fun place to work

The University of Cambridge, depending on the supervisor of course, gives you total freedom regarding how to phase and organise your work and encourages to join international conferences.


Free day organisation


Long hours no benefits except pension
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Good work environment, well managed, well resourced, interesting place to work and full of world leaders in chemistry. Be prepared to be stretched and challenged.
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It was really fun experience even though it was a one time thing. I gained experience in working with important chemical substances like liquid nitrogen as well as interacting with the general public and especially children. The managers of the event were really nice and accepting so it was a joy to be a part of this.
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Friendly and Interesting

The hardest part of the job is, when short staffed and have to cover each other picking up the lack as it were. The most enjoyable part of the job talking with the Professors, staff and Student during there lunch breaks, and helping the head chef out cooking.


free lunch


Over time isn't always available
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Excellent working environment and great people

The University of Cambridge was a great place to work. Staff are treated with respect, and work/life balance is a high priority. The atmosphere among assistant and managerial is cooperative and not competitive, and people are simply expected to do their work with competence and commitment. The only real downside is the level of pay---in another part of the UK, it would be fine, but the cost of living in Cambridge is so high that it is difficult for mid-level staff to find affordable housing anywhere near Cambridge.


Professional working culture, work/life balance


Poor pay considering the extremely high living costs of the area
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A happy and productive work place

It was an amazing experience and very life changing experiences, furthur more no one harrased me about being gay. I also loved the challenges and the hardwork.


Yummy food


Smelly co-workers
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This is daft

I work in one small group - I have no idea about the rest of the University. But in my situation, I had a person disaster and my boss was just ruthless about time and money. Wouldn't give an inch.
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Good place to train

A useful and insightful training experience. Training with one of the leading Universities in the world has been enjoyable as well as challenging. I look forward to completing the course.


Good standard of training


Long hours
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I was at working as an intern for Anglia Ruskin University-Faculty of Science and Technology in order to set-up virtual learning environment page for the students from science course. I really enjoyed doing this work as I acquired intellectual, practical and transferrable skills. I also learned how to manage your time and work with colleagues you never met before in your life and interacting with them was the key point. No job is simple, as everything you do in this world is challenging if you want to do it perfectly as per my experience in my life till now. I mostly enjoyed working with my faculty staff members and it was quite a good experience when I was marking all the lecturers slide following a guideline if it meets the standards or not, being a student, which was quite challenging and fun as well.


Free lunch


flexible long or short shifts
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Doctorate researcher

Great place to work and study. I had the chance to conduct work in very interesting projects and conduct leading-edge research.
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Prestigious, high performing and inspiring

This is the best environment for ambitious academics to thrive, and keep all opportunities open. I have had the opportunity to grow all my centres of interests through various research projects. I learnt skills ranging from data analysis, scientific paper writing, public relations and communications, to teaching.
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Flexible working and good benefits

Able to attend numerous courses to help with career development. Flexible working allows for a good/work balance. Working alongside varing professionals gives a more dynamic team.
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Fascinating collections but obtuse management

This was an interesting building to work in and I really appreciated the opportunity to work with such amazing collections. I loved that aspect of my job. I was very motivated but ended up feeling completely demoralised. There was considerable disdain for junior members of staff. Management decisions were otiose and opaque. I loved the specific role I eventually moved into in the library and felt that I had found my niche. This role was very varied and interesting given the collections we were dealing with and I enjoyed helping the readers who were usually very appreciative. If I had been allowed to continue in this role I probably would still be working in the library.


amazing interesting collections


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Excellence scientifique

Haute exigence scientifique Beaucoup de personnes très intelligentes Bien encadré Bon management
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it is a great place to work if only it was permanent

A day at work could vary some days harder than other depending on the paper you were marking. Definitely worth it for the pay.


free drinks


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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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