Karolinska University Hospital

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Karolinska University Hospital Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014
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  1.  

    Very nice work environment.

    Former Employee - Resrach Engineer
    Former Employee - Resrach Engineer

    I worked at Karolinska University Hospital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Contract work, less job security which meant not fully integrated into the department.

  2.  

    Putting life before work is the mentality there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Karolinska University Hospital full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good work condition, 6 weeks vacation,

    Cons

    People who are career driven get pushed aside

    Recommends
  3.  

    Rewarding work with much potential but slow to deliver and weak monetary compensation

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    Current Employee - Medical Physicist  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Medical Physicist in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at Karolinska University Hospital full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Currently the whole healthcare in the Stockholm County Council is going through changes. Karolinska is at the epicenter of these changes with the construction of the New Karolinska. It is a once in a career opportunity to be able to be a part of this change.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic slow hierarchy constantly impedes change. As with many organization with a great tradition there is in some circles and irrational fear of change partly due to fatigue as a result of previous changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the construction of the new hospital try to change not only work flow at the floor but also management through the whole organizational structure. The importance of open transparent communication cannot be underestimated. Employers always judge their work experience by looking at their local leadership if it fails senior leadership fails.

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  5.  

    If you are looking for a PhD or Postdoc positon in KI hospital Huddinge, think again!

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    Current Employee - Phd Student/Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Phd Student/Postdoctoral Fellow

    I have been working at Karolinska University Hospital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) KI has a quite big name in academia due to the Nobel prize. So a person who bear the KI background in anyway will surely benifit for this point.
    2) It is relatively easier to get the position (either phd position or a postdoc) because of the 'non-selection' system (in Sweden you call it lagom). So if you happens to know someone in the system who has a research group there, you'll have a extremely good chance to come to him/her for a phd/postdoc. You don't need to make a GRE test or send CV, cover letter, reference... as you'll need if applying in North America.
    3) An additional pro for the phd student (only the phd student) is that you'll get several publications (usually one first-authorship and one co-authorship) before you graduate, as is a compulsary criteria before applying for public defense. This will significantly increase the competence when you look a postdoc position in the future.

    Cons

    For phd studnet:
    No scientific training track! The courses for the phd students are chosen randomly by either the students or the supervisor, and can be taken at any time through out the education period. This always results in lack of theory background before you ever start to plan your research. As usual, the supervisors are 'superbusy', and many of them don't have concrete research backgound (most of them are physicians), so you won't get so much help from them either. It seems the phd students and postdoc are just the extension of cheap labour who should sustitute their docent/prof to do the lab work! Most importantly, the scientific automosphere is extremely poor! No journal clubs, scientific presentation/lectures, no quality control at any levels! There's even no grade in your doctoral courses (only pass or fail)!
    IF YOU ARE SEEKING FOR A TRUE SCIENTIFIC TRAINING AND REALLY WANT TO JOIN KI, PLEASE GO TO SOLNA CAMPUS!!!
    For postdoc fellows:
    Most of the foreign postdoc are offered a stipend with the lowest possible saraly when they come to Huddinge, and the situation will last for at least 2 years before you past the offical ''training'' period. Because you get a stipend, you don't pay tax so you don't get any socail benefits. This is extremely bad for people coming from outside EU. After you passed the two years, your employer is forced to give you a formal employment which cost them more (because they have to pay tax for you), so many of them choose to cease the employment and recruit new foreign postdoc again.
    The other thing as a postdoc is that you're never sure which position will your name appear when it comes to publication of your project. As the phd student has to have a first authorship before the supervisors can make them finish, it's quite often your work (or the team work) will be given to the person who 'need it the most'' instead of deserves it the most. Think about it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, can you re-scrutinize the quality of every professor again, especially those who'll become supervisors. Make sure you really promote a person due to his/her scientific merits instead of something else!

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    good experience for me.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Karolinska University Hospital

    Pros

    It has a very good reputation in europe and rest of the world which makes it very interesting for people to work here.

    Cons

    I have many doubts over the career growth and also you need to learn the local language i.e. swedish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are willing to learn the language and are not too ambitious then it is a great place to work.

  7.  

    Laid-back but stressful environment

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Solna, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Solna, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at Karolinska University Hospital

    Pros

    Somewhat laid-back cultural environment with opportunities to work part-time.

    Cons

    Lack of funds, not very competitive salaries. Very long leadtimes regarding decisions.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Overall a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Nurse Midwife  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Nurse Midwife in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at Karolinska University Hospital

    Pros

    Interesting, educational, good opportunities to learn about complicated health issues. Wonderful co-workers. Great teamwork with most shifts.

    Cons

    Public transportation not so good. It´s okay, but could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many layers of management makes it a difficult task for communication. Being present always presents opportunities for conversation.

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