National Technical University of Athens

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Updated January 12, 2015
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  1. Just for the sake of getting into glassdoor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    excellent students, good academic reputation

    Cons

    Unstable environments, low financial support

    Advice to Management

    It will not be adopted, it will not even be considered....

  2. Some groups are excellent in terms of scholarship, but the broader environment is not equally inspiring.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    As expected in a university, everything depends a lot on the group, especially on its leader. Some people at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) exhibit a particularly high level of scholarship, with several papers of very high quality. The atmosphere is also group-dependent but again many groups have a warm and friendly atmosphere. The very high level of the students, at least in some schools, is a plus. Many NTUA alumni work abroad, both in academia and in industry; this helps in terms of networking and reputation. I would certainly recommend NTUA to a researcher in case it is possible to find there a suitable environment to do research in his/her field.

    Cons

    The general situation in the country does not enable NTUA to perform according to its potential. New faculty appointments are rare due to the austerity measures, with obvious consequences. Moreover, research funding is very limited and sometimes insufficient to cover even basic travel. Also, it has to be made clear that not everybody at NTUA has the qualifications mentioned in the previous paragraph. In case of conflict, it seems that there is a lack of resolution mechanisms; so careful consideration is required before joining a group, especially by more junior people who are more vulnerable in these cases. Misbehaviour is not common but not unheard of, either; it can be encountered in people of various career stages.

  3. Helpful (1)

    No opportunities to progress your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens

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

    Pros

    NTUA is one of the largests and most prestigious academic institutions in Greece. Compared to other universities in Greece the working conditions are good, however, compared to EU standards I would say they are below average.

    Cons

    The salaries are dreadful. The (payed) opportunities you have to engage into teaching are simply zero and you can only do it for free (I am not speaking about laboratories which give some nominal remuneration), and this is what most post-docs do.

    Related to the previous is also the fact that there are zero prospects for career progression, e.g., even if you have an excellence in your area and you work there for an extended period of time it is still impossible to get a permanent position or even a payed fixed-term lectureship. This is the way things in Greece work anyway.

    Another typical Greek thing is that some days of the year (which could be monts sometimes) the university would not be accessible due to student occupation/protesting or permanent staff strikes. Be prepared to work from home, go for an excursion and of course not get payed during that period.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fair, but could be a lot better

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    Current Employee - Faculty (Professor) in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Faculty (Professor) in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Academic environment, fair levels of freedom, respectable job (for faculty jobs only). NTUA faculty is quite respectable and has access to international opportunities.

    Cons

    Still a great big deal of mentality shift is required in order to follow the rest of the evolving world. Humiliatingly low salaries is among the first thing to change.

    Advice to Management

    Inspire, do not follow. Take advantage of evolution, do not resist it.

  6. Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Athens (Greece)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Athens (Greece)

    I worked at National Technical University of Athens full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    National Technical University of Athens is one of the best universities in Greece, with good reputation in several scientific areas. Competitive place as well.

    Cons

    the usual problems of bureaucracy that exist in Greece, exist here as well. However, compared to other universities the environment is positive.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens as a contractor

    Pros

    learn new things, use your skills

    Cons

    not easy adaptation, not high salaries

  8. Academic research and development in greek universities

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    Current Employee - Administration and Accounting Emploee in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Administration and Accounting Emploee in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    creativity, imagination, good co-operation, energetic participation to the social, scientific and political life of the country, a "living cell" of the modern greek society

    Cons

    another institution being hitten viciously by the economical crisis (whatever this involves)

    Advice to Management

    good luck to you and to all of us with the new "troika" rules

  9. Good as a research starting point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for networking in the research community, good working hours making for a good work - life balance

    Cons

    Rigid regulations and excessive bureaucracy, discouraging individuality and new ideas, and limited potential for career development for non-academic personnel

  10. Avarege

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    proximity to residence, good collaboration with collegueas, pay according to working hours

    Cons

    no hierarchy structure, unclear job description, lack of staff, awful working environment in the center of Athens (drug addicts, demostrations, unsafe situations), inapproapriiate buildings, lack of space, lack of funds

    Advice to Management

    create structured management...

  11. Good academic level, opportunities to study diverse areas, strong quantitative background

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at National Technical University of Athens

    Pros

    Oldest university, prestigious, a lot of world class scientists, businessmen graduated from NTUA

    Cons

    Suffers from some of the problems of Greek bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Return to the values of education, perfection and achievements

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