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EPFL Reviews in Lausanne

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
103 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good salary but not career opportunities (in 8 reviews)

  • Good international environment and nice salary (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Everyone is going to leave at some point so it is hard to find long term friends (in 3 reviews)

  • Social life can be dull if you do not speak French (in 4 reviews)

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    PHD IN EPFL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great tech university, many labs, a lot of possibilities for networking

    Cons

    PhD salary obviously is smaller than average salary in Switzerland

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Doctoral Assistant Experience at EPFL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Doctoral Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Doctoral Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    international collaborators, nice working environment, a rich school with a lot of facilities, nice views to the geneva lake
    fairly good links to industry

    Cons

    small city, not so many things to do around. all the campus is constructed no open space, HR not friendly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    5.5 wonderful years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you participate in the life of campus it prevents you of getting rusty)
    Lots of awesome people, events, ideas - they are all around you. Just dont lock in your lab/office.

    Cons

    To be a part of this place you better speak French. But it has dramatically changed for the last 4 years.
    You have to count on self motivation. Many people work from 9 to 17.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a proper Sports centre. With swimming pool.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Postdoc Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work-life balance, nice colleagues, high-quality research, sports facilities...

    Cons

    Teaching as a young researcher may be challenging...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    PhD student in IC doctoral school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Doctoral Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Doctoral Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The main advantages of doing a PhD in EDIC is that you get to work with world's top expert in the field while receiving a very decent salary. This means one can work on his project without worries about the funding.

    Cons

    The challenges of working on EPFL are that you need to have good theoretical background especially of the thesis is oriented towards theory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    it was the best, had all equipment and working tools available. I will always work here anytime. Internationally diverse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The workers are respectful, and all books , research papers are accessible. You can get all papers once you request for them. Internationally diverse community to work with from all over the world. A lot of Europeans, Asians and few Africans.

    Cons

    some cultural differences, sometimes language barrier with some technicians could be problem but there are lots of to other technicians who speak perfect English and can help translations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on the diverse community at epfl

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, pressure, research, leadership, management

    Cons

    knowledge, compensation, condition, ambition, motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leadership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to get a PhD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to vast resources, people and view!

    Cons

    As everything in Switzerland, things are slow, very slow. Don't expect much from administrative staff. Student services are non-existent. Good luck finding housing, the university doesn't care.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pleasant and instructive stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post Doc Researcher in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Post Doc Researcher in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    International working environment with lots of interactions among the different research groups. Good salary, motivated people, and excellent facilities and beautiful surroundings. Less of a corporate mentality Furthermore, as a an employee, you've access to a collection of workshop / courses helping you to develop your skills. Good springboard for going abroad.

    Cons

    Job security is not high working in academia and that also applies to EPFL. Overly consensus driven, decisions/policies can be very difficult and a decentralized organisation making some things hard to get done.
    The corporate world is more meritocratic of nature.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommended.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome place to study and work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant and Student in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Student Assistant and Student in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at EPFL part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment, buildings, teachers at EPFL. The school has a lot of research going on and interesting opportunities for PHDs and students.

    Cons

    I think EPFL should offer internship or help students finding an internship as undergrad and not only as master students. It would be great to have a first experience before entering the master.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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