University of Zurich
3.8 of 5 19 reviews
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Updated May 17, 2014

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    UZH is one of the best places for research

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsBeing a PhD student in UZH you have the opportunity to be part of cutting edge research, while working in an interdisciplinary environment. Funding for research at the moment is satisfactory. One can get a very good training during the PhD studies.

    ConsA PhD especially in life sciences last quite long at cases more than five years.
    PhD students are employed 50% but are expected to work 100%. As a consequence their salary is one of the lowest in Switzerland.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Postdoc at ETH

    Postdoctoral (Former Employee)

    ProsFor a postdoc the pay is quite good. It's an international atmosphere and many of the labs are top notch. There is money and the equipment is usually well-maintained.

    ConsIf you don't know German you will feel isolated in the community. Labs tend to be a bit isolated and there doesn't seem to be too much interaction between labs even within the same building.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOf course each professor has a different style so it will entirely depend on which lab you join as to how you evaluate your experience. In our department I felt the senior management had difficulty dealing with conflict and with communicating changes that were going to be made. They especially had a hard time hiring new professors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Full Time Hours for Very Small Salary for PhD

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsColleagues, Campus and Location, International Exposure and Multicultural Environment. Modern Facilities and Amenities. Work/Life Balance amazing.

    ConsVery small salaries. Compared to other reviewers, mine was well below 50%, which made life in Zürich a nightmare, altough this strictly depends on the chair. I suggest potential employees to look at the ETH for jobs and PhDs rather than at the University of Zürich. ETH is better organized, has more funding, and staff is employed with fairer conditions. Mensa is horrible and very small at the University, although the saff is very friendly and helpful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe University needs policies for minimum salaries. The choice of the PhD salaries amounts cannot stay in the hands of Professors who employ 2-3 PhD studends with one 100% salary. Mensa should be bigger.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place for research

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    Prosrelaxing and beautiful environment. The University of Zurich (UZH, German: Universität Zürich), located in the city of Zurich, is the largest university in Switzerland, with over 25,000 students.[3] It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine and a new faculty of philosophy.

    Currently, the university has faculties of arts, economics, law, medicine, science, theology and veterinary medicine. The university claims to offer the widest range of subjects and courses at any Swiss higher education institution.
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    ConsThe salary is not good.

    Advice to Senior Managementnot available

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to do a PhD

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood salary, nice working environment

    ConsA lot of time spent with teaching

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    Good place to work

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    Prosgood place to work with all different collaboration

    Consvery strong competence within similar field

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A nice environment to learn and grow

    PhD Student (Former Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsConcentrated accumulation of people with very specific skill sets, very disciplined and systematic approach to work and life balance. Excellent facilities for physical exercise

    ConsCommunication letters in german, despite having a large international and multicultural work force. Could do with better interaction with the industry and develop skills useful to students in the professional world

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease include more compulsory courses with industry professionals to know about specific skills and competencies required for their specific industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at UZH

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsThe UZH provides a good working atmosphere overall. It is well equipped- has a large repository, well sized cafeteria and houses state-of-the-art devices. Several departments publish in high impact factor journals and produce scientists of international repute.

    ConsThere is no inter-disciplinary work or collaboration at the moment. What is lacking is communication between different departments at the university and the possibility to work in an area that is not your expertise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tough but instructive

    Researcher (Former Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsResources, location, atmosphere. You have great autonomy and may feel more like an artist than an employee. Smart people. Great PhD opportunities. Great career support programs.

    ConsA great number of students, so your own research may suffer because of the supervision and admin stuff you have to do. No chance to get a 100% tenure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice environment, nice people (work in IT there)

    Developer (Current Employee)
    Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsWorkload is not heavy, money is good.
    Colleagues are very nice people around

    ConsWill feel boring
    Contract workers so......

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing else, they are all great!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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