Caltech (California) Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Dr. Thomas F. Rosenbaum
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Pros
  • Campus is beautiful, weather is perfect 9 months of the year, administration is efficient (in 10 reviews)

  • Excellent professors and resources, smart people all around (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes a tough work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Only dedicated to science and engineering (in 3 reviews)

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  1. excellent place for research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltech (California)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice weather and excellent place for research!

    Cons

    Small community. Hard to expand your social network.


  2. A Great Start To your Career

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work/study as a graduate student. Work with leaders/pioneers in various scientific fields. Great weather and generally honest/friendly people.

    Cons

    Fewer social/extracurricular opportunities than larger universities due to small size. Work/life balance highly dependant on advisor or project.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on cultivating social diversity, improving facilities and outreach.


  3. IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    nice campus, smart people, exciting research

    Cons

    can a be stressful environment at times

    Advice to Management

    investment it IT infrastructure will pay off over time


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  5. Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good health benefits, fair pay (per NIH guidelines), nice facilities, great day care/preschool (if you can get in).

    Cons

    Job experience completely dependent upon the PI you work for. Many people on campus are beyond socially awkward.


  6. Postdoctoral Scholar

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing people, research, and career opportunities. Proximity and potential collaboration opportunities with JPL. Subsidized housing for 1st year of Postdoc.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough, but that is a general comment about being a Postdoc and would be true of any university in the country.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say, management is dependent on your faculty advisor as expected in a Postdoc position, obviously not much potential to move up to faculty directly from postdoc position, but that is expected in academia,


  7. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good environment. Collaboration is highly valued and encouraged. The administration and graduate office are extremely helpful with students. You are surrounded by brilliant minds.

    Cons

    Caltech is a very small school which can both be good or bad. I feel like its good for collaboration and interdisciplinary fields however you don't have many choices in some of the departments on who to work with (advisers).


  8. Postdoc at Caltech

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time

    Pros

    Very well-respected institution with best and brightest

    Cons

    Competitive environment and high pressure to perform

    Advice to Management

    Ensure postdocs have sufficient resources and support from both labs and institute.


  9. PhD Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caltech (California)

    Pros

    Good place to work and collaborate

    Cons

    Poor balance between research and life.


  10. Caltech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltech (California)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - learn with and from very smart people

    Cons

    - very theoretical and little to no application to real engineering systems


  11. Review by current guest researcher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    An incredible research culture at Caltech motivates you to work and collaborate harder than ever

    Cons

    I did not have any significant problems there

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work



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