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EPFL Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
103 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Best place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International atmosphere for scientific research

    Cons

    swiss people are a bit quiet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More assertive

  2.  

    Excellent place to do research as a PhD student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EPFL full-time

    Pros

    EPFL's graduate program is among the top ones worldwide. You will enjoy having plenty of resources available to do your research and will also have access to top experts in various fields with whom you can interact and advance in your research.

    Cons

    Certain labs at EPFL have the tendency to pay only a fraction of the salary (e.g. 75%) because as a graduate student you need to contribute to your education. Although the salary is still decent, it doesn't feel fair to get only a fraction of what other colleagues make.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Teaching assistant at EPFL during 2012-2013 academic year

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I worked at EPFL part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hours get paid double (preparation time)

    Cons

    Students can get annoying for the grading system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It was good learning new skills. I had a good supervisor and colleagues.

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    Former Employee - Digitization Technician in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Digitization Technician in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at EPFL full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice building, interesting resources available there

    Cons

    the parking there is very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more professionals with no background. They will work well to learn!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    doctorant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EPFL

    Pros

    good school, nice place, good salary

    Cons

    need some french, only for experienced graduates

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EPFL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good courses
    Nice view on the lake

    Cons

    Salary
    Some supervisors are not used to managing a team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    PHD IN EPFL

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    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
  9.  

    Doctoral Assistant Experience at EPFL

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    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
  10.  

    High quality education and the cost is a real bargain

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at EPFL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good international environment and nice salary.

    Cons

    Reaching out to the industry is not easy for not EU citizens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    5.5 wonderful years

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    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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