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ETH Zurich Reviews in Zürich

Updated Jul 23, 2014
ETH Zurich – Zürich – “office view”

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4.5 74 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

ETH Zurich President Ralph Eichler

Ralph Eichler

(31 ratings)

94% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • ETH has very good facilities, international environments, great professors, very good salary(in 11 reviews)

  • a) Very good working environment(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • It can be very hard to find an apartment in Z(in 4 reviews)

  • The working hours were very long (more than 10 hours a day)(in 4 reviews)

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    Great university but very limited career path options

    Post Doc (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsExcellent university (rated among top 5 research institutions in Europe and often in the top 10 worldwide), very well funded, lots of great researchers working there, salaries are excelleten when compared to other universities

    ConsLimited career path options (almost no tenure-track positions), difficult to obtain a spot in daycare (massively overbooked), parts of the campus are a bit remote and difficult to reach (depending on where you live), salaries below industry in Switzerland (makes it difficult to afford good housing etc)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsGood salary for PhD studies in the world if you are getting 100% employment.

    ConsProfessors doesn't want PhD student that have broader experience. They want student that have experience in a very specific field. If that field matches to their field of research then only they will hire you. It actually turns down many good talented PhD students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay away from research group that are working in colaboration with ETH and hire phds for their own spinoff companies.

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    Research Scientist

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsETH has plenty of resources, and generally good people to work with.

    ConsLearning how to work in the Swiss system.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent place to do research

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsETH is regularly voted to be among the top 5 European research institutions. Professors get a tremendous amount of freedom to research what they consider relevant. Salaries for all academic staff significantly higher than in neighboring countries.

    ConsHard place to get into, lots of competition for research positions. Not a campus university, so mingling between different groups is not always easy. Considerable amount of teaching required from academic staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop job, keep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Work Environment

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsWorking at ETH is an experience. The atmosphere is very collegial. Very good communication avenues with my supervisor, HR, staff and department head.

    ConsThe pay is always lagged one month behind.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent science, great facilities

    PhD Student (Former Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsExcellent science
    Lots of interactions between scientists through seminars, conferences and meetings
    World class equipment and most recent facilities
    Great sports facilities

    ConsNone really except that you are employed at 50-60% but have to work 100-120%.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore English please

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best place to work and study

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsFacilities, people, staff, salaries, everything. Really.

    ConsHard to find a position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Studying medical physics

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsA normal academic institution with working hours depending on your boss. Courses not as high level as advertised.

    ConsCareer paths are quite random and you can be stuck for many years on lousy post-doc contracts without any real prospect.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Superb for PhD students in Engineering

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros- Highest salary in the world for PhD students, if you have a 100% (full-time) contract.

    - Money is no issue; I went to multiple summer schools, could order any hardware I wanted. Professors can basically find money to keep you on the job for a long long time if they think you're worth it.

    - Companies and universities all over Europe have very high regard for ETH; as I noticed while applying for postdoc positions.

    - Professors are really world-class and think big; loads of world-renowned scientists invited to speak on special as well as issues of general interest.

    - Many inter-personal training programmes funded by ETH for PhD students.

    Cons- Swiss people are not friendly.

    - Accommodation is hard to find.

    - Getting a visa processed for your spouse is a pain.

    - Zurich is a little expensive (but the salary more than covers for it).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good employer

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsFreedom to do what you are passionate about

    ConsResearch may be far from industry requirements

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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