KTH Royal Institute of Technology Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. I have been with KTH for a year now as a PhD Candidate and so far my experience is good with a lot of freedom of choice

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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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people around you, you get to take a lot of responsibilities managing students and your own research. In my department we have a lot of industrial collaboration which is a good way to network. KTH is located near the city of Stockholm which makes it easy to get lunch with colleagues from other companies. Good benefits with christmas lunches, conference trips, student discounts, gym membership premiums, etc. Start salaries for PhD students are comparable to start salaries as an engineer in industries if you account for all the benefits we receive.

    Cons

    As a PhD you get a lot of administrative burden with students, conference trips and more. Sometimes you wonder why they can't employ someone to take over some of this burden so that we can spend more time on our research. Sometimes I feel quantity of publications are rewarded more than quality.

    Advice to Management

    Each school and department have different experiences with management. In my case I get a lot of freedom from my supervisor which is good but also challenging in the early stages of my PhD. Generally I think there are good initiatives to improve research quality and education from the upper level management.

  2. Great experience

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and culture allowing for creativity and innovation to flourish. Opportunity to work for one of the world famous universities. Really smart people to work with.

    Cons

    The atmosphere depends on the research group you are working with.

  3. Researcher at KTH

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    Current Contractor - Research Scientist in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Contractor - Research Scientist in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good facility and infrastructure. Nice colleagues. Great Professors and Scientists to work with. Also you can feel the energy of young students.

    Cons

    Difficult to get a long term contract.

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  5. Great working place with career development opportunities

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, great location, flexible working schedule, good opportunities to participate international events and conferences, and full medical care as a state employee.

    Cons

    PhD study has a long term stress. There are relatively less job opportunities for PhD graduates. The salary is not high.

  6. Excellent place to prepare you to become a researcher

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to works on topics of your choices; high salary compared to other universities in Sweden; widely recognised in Sweden; nice employer benefits; most of the times are relaxed working environment; great equipments and resources for research; good Chirsmas dinner; very suitable if you want to develop certain skills or becoming a researcher

    Cons

    Not very well known compared to top universities in US like MIT, Berkley; Standford. Qualities of research vary significantly, depending on schools or departments; lower paid than working in a company, which is expected;

  7. Independency, No prospect

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

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is no pressure, not many contacts, working independently

    Cons

    there is no grow, no connection with companies, no future prospect.

    Advice to Management

    needs equality in the applied rules, support the employers in their path of growing.

  8. 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

  9. 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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  10. 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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    change your evil ways

  11. 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very informal and little communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve communication between departments.

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