University of Groningen

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University of Groningen Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
27 Reviews
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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  6.  

    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
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    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
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    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
  9. 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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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    PhD student review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Groningen

    Pros

    International character, good working conditions

    Cons

    Not all the managers are well suited for their roles. More serious evaluation of managers' performances must be undertaken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all the researcher are the same, more care should be taken about personal development of the personnel. I am here only referring to one specific department not to the entire organization

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place to be

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    Current Employee - Program Representative in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Program Representative in Groningen (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Open and helpful colleagues, good place to learn, nice facilities.

    Cons

    Sometimes the Dutch may seem unfriendly and cold, but it might just be the cultural differences

    Recommends
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