University of Geneva Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. postdoc experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Geneva full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    work life balance, salary, lots of vacation days

    Cons

    no competition or passion for their positions

  2. Phd at university of Geneva

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Geneva

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    International city, close to mountains, nature, ....

    Cons

    bad free time work balance, low salary compared to other places in Switzerland, no further job opportunities, most expensive city in world vs lowest salary in Switzerland

    Advice to Management

    increase live work balance, increase salary for phd and postdoc compared to professors, ....

  3. A lot depends on what you expect

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Geneva full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The payment is good if you don't live in Geneva.
    It's intellectually stimulating.
    A lot of people speak English.
    You can sit in on classes if you're interested, without enrolling or paying.

    Cons

    Geneva is extremely expensive, so the salary is deceiving. Anything below 100K is not enough for a family. 69K is barely enough for one person, living in a shared housing.
    Switzerland is more hierarchical than the US. So if you're moving from the US, be prepared to start using titles and formalities.

    Advice to Management

    - Help people get apartments.
    - Have more mentorship in the university.

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  5. it is a good palce to grow your science research career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Geneva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    it is a good palce to grow your science research career.

    Cons

    As an University in the international city of Geneva, French is more demanded if you need to go for a master / Ph.D degree.

  6. Stressful, not a good place for a real career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Geneva

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

    Pros

    Facility with a great potential, good location, fantastic view!

    Cons

    Less and less money for a research, management doesn't support qualified people if they are not recommended by a friend, small salaries. All in all, if you don't want to be stacked between your scientific career goals and bunch of "leeches", than it is not a good place for you.

  7. Great

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Geneva part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    very international and great schools. Good salary.

    Cons

    Expensive city, have to be in the system to know about jobs and scholarships.

    Advice to Management

    Very good intermediate step to earn money and learn a lot

  8. PHD - research assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at University of Geneva full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Eeasy life, good facility, all depends on supervisor

    Cons

    Low salary but that is expected. Still geneva feels like the most expensive place in the galaxy

    Advice to Management

    More supervision and leadership.

  9. reasonably good working conditions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Geneva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Conditions for research in Geneva, in Switzerland in general, are very good. There is a lot of money for instruments, equipment, projects. One gets a possibility to do serious reaserch and it is not limited by the resourses, to certain extent. Work team is good, very international, so one gets to interact with people from all over the world which helps to improve comunication skills.

    Cons

    Real challenge is administration in case of foreigners. Sometimes way too complicated and time consuming. Training is sometimes not too well organized, depending on the person in charge.

  10. Excellent place for budding researchers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Geneva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Space to explore new ideas and lots of collaborations.

    Cons

    Most documents are in French.

  11. Not a friendly working place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Geneva

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Stimulating environment

    Cons

    Not a friendly working place. Many burnouts and some professors tend to psychologically harass their assistant and the admin people, it's known, but the university does not do anything about it.

    Advice to Management

    Make rules and make them respect also by the hierarchy.

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