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KTH Royal Institute of Technology Reviews in Stockholm, Stockholm

Updated Jul 11, 2014
KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Flemingsberg – “School of Technology and health”

KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Flemingsberg – “School of Technology and health”
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    Review of Doctoral student position at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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

    ProsGood salary, good work invironment

    Consnot a very very well-known university

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No rights for PhD students

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

    ProsNone really anything. Maybe only good vacation days

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

    Advice to Senior Managementchange your evil ways

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nothing special

    Teacher (Former Employee) Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

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

    ConsVery informal and little communication between departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to improve communication between departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is what you make it to

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

    ProsFree 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

    ConsNot 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ups and downs

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

    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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementIntroduce 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to do a PhD

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

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on and give more directed funding to fundamental research!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    KTH

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

    Proswork time is very flexible

    Consnot very very very exciting

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great start for an engineering career

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

    ProsWell 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

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A narrow-minded community with nepotism and without motivation

    Postdoctoral (Former Employee) Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    ProsRelaxing, stable, slow and peaceful.
    Count 8 hr then go. Normally nobody pushes you for anything.

    Conslack of competition and motivation. Rigid and socialistic system.
    Does not encourage or promote innovation and ambition.
    Serious nepotism beneath harmonial atmosphere.

    Advice to Senior Managementmake it more international

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.

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

    ProsAn environment where one is given ample opportunity for self-realization. Strong possibilities to control the working schedule and prioritisations. Pay competitive on an international scale.

    ConsStressful at times. Not everyone can make the transition from a student to an independent researcher. Depending on the amount of success it can feel like a roller coaster.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUsually management listens to the employees. At times planning is a bit lacking, but the impact is fairly minor, due to the slow (and sometimes pleasant) pace of change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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