KAIST Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Pretty great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learned a lot, people were very kind and helpful

    Cons

    no pay but a very good experience

    Advice to Management

    They were very helpful. no comment in this area


  2. audio speech engineer

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends

    Pros

    best professional colleague and research facility

    Cons

    hard to entrance and so much homwork


  3. One of the Most Prestigious Universities in Korea (South)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of intelligent faculty members and students. Courseworks are designed to train smart professors and/or workers. It has the highest reputation in science and engineering.

    Cons

    The school does not make much effort in work-life balance. Many professors and students think that overwork (or even work in weekends) is inevitable to achieve high performance

    Advice to Management

    Senior professors and management teams should care about students' welfare as well as monetary incentives including teaching assisstant and research assistant


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  5. Highly Recommended

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Daejeon (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Daejeon (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - very competitive - offers you a chance to work on most recent research topics

    Cons

    - Intense work load. - Better to learn Korean language to adapt.


  6. By a Foreign Faculty

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable job, Funding is good

    Cons

    Learning Korean is almost a MUST. Otherwise, you cannot play around with other Korean professors. The hierarchical relationship between senior and junior faculties is very important. Students are bad in English, and students do not like to find foreign faculties to be their advisor. You will waste a lot of time to teach students English, and correct their English writing for paper submission. Yet, the pressure to publish journals is high ! They evaluate researches by paper counting, not by impact and quality. Although getting funding is not difficult, schools and departments are greedy that they will still push a lot of pressure to ask faculties to get even more funding. Many professors are industrial project oriented (in other words, money oriented), instead of research oriented. They overload students to finish industrial projects. Some professors have their teaching materials the same for over 20 years. Students who took those courses are not learning the state-of-the-art materials. However, you are not allowed to open a new course with similar topic because you are taking away their students.

    Advice to Management

    University should be student-oriented, not money oriented, nor professor oriented.


  7. Korean culture.

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    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Daejeon (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Daejeon (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Abundant funding or supports for project.

    Cons

    Most of professors are project oriented, rather than research.


  8. Helpful (1)

    It's one of the best Engineering colleges in Asia

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    impeccable research infrastructure and eminent professors.

    Cons

    Narrow range of discipline(very few humanity major.)

    Advice to Management

    I'd like to recommend the student who'd try to enter the engineering school in Asia region.


  9. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Daejeon (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Daejeon (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Speaking English, get chances for fabrication, get more experience

    Cons

    Depending on the professor, you may be able to enjoy the research environment Salary is not that high


  10. contract officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    not many workload got all the benefit as the permanent staff get

    Cons

    working with a lot of lecturers sure is very tiring administration procedure can be very slow especially on financial matter


  11. KAIST - Land of the Snobby / Egotistic Professors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at KAIST full-time

    Pros

    -Some staff are very friendly and willing to help -Senior management are a hit or miss, but most are friendly

    Cons

    -Most of the KAIST Professors & Students both have psychological issues -Some of the administrative staff try to undermine your work and will backstab you -A lot of office gossip

    Advice to Management

    -Provide a professional development track for non-tenured staff



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