KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology Reviews in Stockholm, Stockholm

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great environment with talented scientists that will give you future opportunities.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at KTH Royal Institute of Technology for more than 5 years

    Pros

    State salary with great pension, medical benefits as you are a state employee and long vacation. Flexible work schedules and located central in stockholm

    Cons

    Some departments and groups are small making it hard for form interesting cross collaboration. Most projects are "pre-designed" meaning that it is hard to change topic in your research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Post-DOc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to do whatever research I want

    Cons

    Bad pay for foreign post-docs, especially considering students make more than the post-docs...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the post-docs more (pertaining to the scholarships), there is a big discrepancy in terms of talent, but not in pay

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No rights for PhD students

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None really anything. Maybe only good vacation days

    Cons

    All politics, no science. An evil supervisor who only thinks about his benefits. They will use you here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change your evil ways

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Nothing special

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at KTH Royal Institute of Technology part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of freedom when teaching, very informal environment for a university.

    Cons

    Very informal and little communication between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to improve communication between departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    It is what you make it to

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free work environment, skilled co-workers, very good Work-life balance. Depending on department leadership skills can vary significantly, the boss is boss due to academic skills rather than management dito - do your homework before accepting offer

    Cons

    Not very high pay (but seen hourly it's not that bad). Sometimes goals are a bit unclear, although somewhat in the nature of the job. To some extent you are "on your own", there are others to cooperate with, but you are the one responsible for the progress of the thesis, make sure to not end up in (or get out of quick) a bad spiral.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Review of Doctoral student position at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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    Current Employee - Doctoral Student  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary, good work invironment

    Cons

    not a very very well-known university

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Ups and downs

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - very good reputation in the nordic countries
    - decent salary in case you are hired by KTH (and not through grants)
    - traveling to conferences common and financially usually possible; hence you are not banned to stay in the lab forever
    - tight collaboration with industry in my field and hence good technical input from both sides (academia & industry) as well as good career options later

    Cons

    The cons are probably different from department to department:
    - The professor to PhD student ratio is decreasing, hence there might be some issues regarding supervision. But this is significantly depending on the group/department
    - Administration is totally unstructured and nothing is automated. This results in a lot of extra work or hassle beside research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce a strict professor to PhD student ratio and do not overload professors with education, project management and other issues. Moreover introduce strict guide lines on administration issues and make everyone aware of those guide lines.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Nice place to do a PhD

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competent people, good salary for a PhD student, great offices and location, relaxed working atmosphere

    Cons

    Could be more a competative environment. The university is great by Swedish standards, overall pretty average by international ditos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on and give more directed funding to fundamental research!

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Great start for an engineering career

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Well paid, interesting job. Really friendly coworkers (still students for many of them). Combines the advantages of doing a PhD without having to teach and write a thesis.
    Contract easily provided by the Professors.
    Great way to probe if you're made for being a PhD

    Cons

    It's only temporary, you'd be typically hired for few months and to complete a task, then you either get to continue with a PhD or find another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The professors should encourage this, The financement is easier than for a PhD, less constraint and allows them to see if the candidate is fit for a PhD.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    KTH

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology for more than 3 years

    Pros

    work time is very flexible

    Cons

    not very very very exciting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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