University of Groningen

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University of Groningen Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    The University is a centre of outstanding research.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student

    I worked at University of Groningen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The different research groups perform high quality science and there are a lot of possibilities for collaborations.

    Cons

    Due to its location in Groningen the University is a bit isolated in regard to traveling. The nearest main airport is 3 hours away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Bursary PhD Position

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    Former Employee - Bursary PhD Student in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Bursary PhD Student in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I worked at University of Groningen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You're encouraged to work independently, but help is usually available. As a bursary student (non-employ) you may also qualify for slightly more pay, depending on your tax status

    Cons

    As a bursary you don't get all the benefits a normal "employment status" PhD would have. This includes selling your vacation days and initial moving expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the bursary and employees the same privileges.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great place for International students

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    Former Employee - Exchanged Schollarship Student in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Exchanged Schollarship Student in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I worked at University of Groningen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent english levels, from professor and staff. Excellent flexibility to choose courses and specialization. Responsible and responding international service desk. Great preparation for foreign students regarding documentation and paperwork to complete exchanges with local police, banks and municipality.
    Wide variety of courses available in english and experienced professors.

    Cons

    Right now I cannot think of a con here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide more schollarships to Latin America again.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Awesome Place for research

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I have been working at University of Groningen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best facilities
    Best talent (City of talent)
    HIgh research standard
    Great Compensation

    Cons

    Nothing much. Library in the centre of the city while Economics department is outside the city (Zernike)

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I worked at University of Groningen part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Respectful and cheerful. You know exactly what you do and what you should do.

    Cons

    None. If there is any, that is I cannot speak Dutch.

    Recommends
  7.  

    PhD in chemistry

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I have been working at University of Groningen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    more than 25 days for holiday

    Cons

    located in north Netherlands, not the best location for going to schiphol airport

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good people, strange university

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I have been working at University of Groningen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    High quality research university in a fun student city.

    Cons

    HR are a pain, not very communicative and it was difficult to know who had what role in HR, payroll etc. Getting the 30% tax ruling took way too long, I kept requesting it and they kept telling me that the '30% team would be in contact with me', and they wouldn't tell me who the 30% team were or how to contact them. If you are getting a job here, make sure you get that organised as soon as possible. Apparently if you leave it for 3 months or so, then you will never be eligible. The pay rates are a mystery to me, all that info is in Dutch.

    The Zernike campus itself is very dull, bad food, and nothing really going on outside. Buildings typically don't have amenities like kitchens, break rooms etc. for staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Worked as an intern for the RuG

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I worked at University of Groningen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexible working-hours. You can get a really good idea of how Dutch people work

    Cons

    It is difficult to find a paid job in the University. Dutch people have more chances than internationals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Worked as a teaching assistant for the course Qualitative Research Methods

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I worked at University of Groningen part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay for relatively light workload, nice winter holiday goodie basket even if you're only a temporary employee

    Cons

    Very good experience, no cons

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    heavy teaching load, closed-minded department head,

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Groningen (Netherlands)

    I have been working at University of Groningen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The supporting staffs such as secretaries are helpful. Long history. High ranking of the whole university.

    Cons

    Relatively lower salary and heavier teaching load than other Dutch university. You should be a member of the inner community to get a favorable treatment. The department head is close-minded, only hiring Dutch for tenure-track positions. Far away from the airport, and low quality of seminars.

    Doesn't Recommend
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