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Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Pasadena, CA
Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pasadena, CA

I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Small college, top research, family environment, high professor to student ratio, affiliation with NASA-JPL, international students

Cons

No cons, studying here is a great experience and I love the research done by every group at Caltech

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll probably not go out the way you went in!

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Caltech (California) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Vacation, and matching retirement fund contributions. Awesome visiting speakers & guest lecturers. Good athletic facility for use by faculty, students & staff. I should have made more use of the lovely Atheneum faculty & staff club when I was there. The academic environment must be getting better if the poor stressed-to-the-max students have stopped snuffing themselves out.

    Cons

    Some departments are in need of facility & infrastructure maintenance and renovation. I experienced near constant environmental issues, i.e., noise, heat, and noxious smells, usually from points of origin outside my lab or office. My working space was heavily infested by vertebrate & invertebrate pests for some months in 2011-12. It took some time for facilities management to finally mount an effective response. If your supervisor is not effective at conflict resolution, there's not really any available venue of recourse. The Ombud's office was eliminated some years back. The culture in some research support entities can be very oppressive for staff. To get the best results from staff, concentrate on inspirado, and incentive, not disparagement & retribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An institution of this stature should be able to bring in some faculty of like stature that are able to acquire funding. There seems to be an outflow of talented people at this time, as well as a pervasive sense of dread in the air. The lack of shared optimism about upward mobility is conducive to a collectivized sense of malaise. If all the talent winds up down the road at UCLA, or USC, et al., will they eagerly come back for another arse-kicking when better times resume?

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Physics Postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Caltech is a great place to research. The people here are brilliant. World-class research is conducted across many departments.

    Cons

    There isn't much to say except that it is a stressful work environment. The students are brilliant. The staff is exceptional.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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