ETH Zurich Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Postdoc Researcher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at ETH Zurich as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Excellent scientific facility at Honggerberg -Colleagues pleasant to work with -English widely spoken. No language barrier if you don't speak German. -Pay considerably higher compares to US and Europe.

    Cons

    -Seemingly no regulation from HR on salary. Professors can offer salary to candidates that is between 60-100% of the official figure published on the ETH website (currently CHF 86300 for a first year postdoc). -Bureaucratic support staff. When you request help, some would first check if they are required to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce transparency to postdoc pay structure. Eliminate the fake part-time system that makes postdocs work full time at a reduced level of employment.


  2. For university measures excellent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at ETH Zurich full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent science (of course depends on your group), excellent infrastructure and IT support, lots of good possibilities for advanced vocational training.

    Cons

    Security of job. Maximum time of 6 years is allowed to stay beyond post-doc time, so no career opportunities if one does not plan for a professorship. Only one permanent senior scientist position allowed per research group (status of 2015)

    Advice to Management

    Take more permanent senior stuff positions into consideration.


  3. Helpful (1)

    I highly recommend ETH Zurich, surely must be one of the best and strongest technical universities in continental Europe

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Salaries are high, HR is great, competitive research environment, safe and clean, rich society, socialisation is easy due to the many expats, english may not be sufficient everywhere

    Cons

    Conservative attitude of the swiss, strict rules, private life and leisure is ultra expensive, socialisation and integration with the swiss people is difficult


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  5. Good University

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

    I worked at ETH Zurich part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    OK pay when compared to what a RA gets in other countries. Even have paid vacation and benefits.

    Cons

    Needs a bit of paper work to get work permit. Only allows 15 hours a week maximum and needs to wait 6 months before an international student could apply for such positions.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easy for international graduate students to apply for jobs in research and teaching.


  6. Nice place to work, but not forever

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at ETH Zurich full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Zurich is a nice city, and the ETH is an international workplace

    Cons

    There are unfortunately strict rules regarding scientific tracks and age limits for hiring specific job categories, making it very difficult to make a career here.


  7. Excellent University, Highly Competitive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great place to work, excellent lab equipment and generally very well funded. Salary is excellent for a university but still not competetive with industry at the post-doctoral level.

    Cons

    Lots of (but usually flexible) hours, not very familiy friendly (almost impossible to get daycare spots), very few permanent positions and virtually impossible to get tenure from within,


  8. Great and tough experience at a wonderful university in a beautiful city.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Resources to perform high caliber research among high (and low) caliber researchers. Such good opportunity to drop in on classes, to see world class seminars of researchers and intellectuals passing through. A great 'feel' of the place, where education and research are highly respected and appreciated. ETH offers great holiday (25 days plus Christmas week and other national/canton holidays). ETH and Zurich have great resources for children and families.

    Cons

    You need to march into the HR office and ask to see the salary/career track you are on. Do not expect that a professor or secretary will know or guide you in this very important issue. Annual reviews are often ignored so you might not know how you stand. But know going in if you are on an academic path: this is a temporary stop on your way to elsewhere, as permanent employment as an academic in the Swiss system is very difficult. Even temporary, this is well worth it. ETH pays well, especially compared to other universities. But you live in a town of banks and bankers and rent is all that much higher.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Chair budgets balanced and watch their incentive structures.


  9. Research Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Internship in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Intern - Research Internship in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at ETH Zurich as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    energetic very motivating working environment, well structured work approach, capable supervisors, fair working relationships, flexible working hours, sport center close to the work place

    Cons

    I was very satisfied with the conditions ETHZ offered to the trainees. At the arrival one must be careful to keep enough time for accommodation search. The ETHZ provides you information/offers but will be not actively search it for you.


  10. PhD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at ETH Zurich full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    top research programs, high freedoom

    Cons

    highly demanding, difficult to find a work/life balance, salary depend on departments and are relatively low for Swiss average


  11. The best of everything

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, great students, and lots of support and resources available for your work. The pay is competitive and Zurich is a wonderful city to live in.

    Cons

    Zurich is very expensive (but the pay is enough to cover it). There is a high standard for work so many people work long hours , but I don't know of labs where people look over your shoulder to enforce this.



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