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Top notch institution

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

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

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

Pros

- Surrounded by the best faculty and students - No barrier to exchange, almost in a continuum of departments - Lots of funding allows focus on basic research rather than specific applications

Cons

- Undergrad student body feels socially awkward - Small size makes it difficult to switch, even with a research field

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  1. A great place to earn a PhD in science and engineering

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Constantly surrounded by incredibly smart people. A great place to converse about new ideas in science and technology. Open access to a large number of equipment and facilities on a small campus.

    Cons

    The community is small and tightly-nit. There are high expectations for graduate researchers to be very independent. Typically there is limited access to faculty advising, especially in larger research groups


  2. Brilliant minds doing the highest quality research

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student In Physics in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student In Physics in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    My graduate school experience at Caltech has been very good. My classes were interesting, hard and well-taught. My research group is doing innovative and potentially groundbreaking work, and I work very sane hours.

    Cons

    The administration often makes knee-jerk or reactionary decisions. There is little to no feedback on how you are doing as a graduate student or what you could be doing better.

    Advice to Management

    Formalize reviews or feedback mechanisms for graduate students and their labs. It should go both ways!


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