ETH Zurich Reviews in Zürich

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
112 Reviews
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Pros
  • ETH has very good facilities, international environments, great professors, very good salary (in 11 reviews)

  • a) Very good working environment (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • It can be very hard to find an apartment in Z (in 5 reviews)

  • Weather, expensive city to live, finding a place to love can be hard (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place for a PhD

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Good place to be a PhD student. Very competitive compensation, good learning opportunities, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad to say about ETH. Zurich may not be the most exciting city in the world.
    Maybe not as well-known internationally outside the academic world as Anglo-Saxon universities (Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Stanford, Harvard). Even though the research is on the same or higher level, better marketing would result in better career opportunities for researchers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great facilities but little freedom

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    - Excellent working conditions.
    - Generous compensation.

    Cons

    - Limited freedom in terms of research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step back from impact guided research prescriptions and let people do their research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    ETH Zurich as a doctoral candidate

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Awesome international standards, top-tier research facilities and highly qualified field experts.

    Cons

    It can be too demanding sometimes due to the work pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the competitiveness, attract the best from all over the world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Environment for Research

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great resources and working environment. Lots of opportunities for cutting edge research or a focus on teaching.

    Cons

    Atmosphere and opportunities depend very strongly on the professor you are working for. Choose carefully and talk a lot to current employees of his/her group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a single person –the professor- responsible for research, getting in grands, teaching, managing people and general HR, is completely unrealistic. All these tasks need skills that are rarely combined in one person, and if so, need more time to be executed properly than is humanly possible.
    The consequence is quite often an essential lack in one or several of these competencies.
    Rethink the general hierarchical structure of how research groups are managed and add positions with clear competences, separating those tasks from each other if possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Inspiring environment

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Excellent infrastructure and easy access to any type of resource possible. Great location and innovative environment.

    Cons

    Less international than expected, big with a lot of administrative overhead (especially at the beginning) and sometimes a little too hierarchical. Famous research groups focus often more on internal competition that good science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid-level executives need better training in project management and team leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to do a Phd

    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, good research groups and facilities, good salaries

    Cons

    Difficult to get hired in some groups

  8.  

    I had a pleasant research experience.

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    Former Employee - Scientific Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Scientific Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good working life balance

    Cons

    Hard to get authentic ethnic foods
    Housing search is very challenging for foreigners

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great university but very limited career path options

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    Current Employee - Post Doc in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Post Doc in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Excellent 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

    Cons

    Limited 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)

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  10.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Professors 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  11.  

    Research Scientist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Learning how to work in the Swiss system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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