VTT
3.2 of 5 5 reviews
www.vtt.fi Espoo, Finland 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 7, 2014

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Good opportunity for individual work, bad for team work

Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Espoo (Finland)

I have been working at VTT full-time for more than a year

Pros- if you are lucky, you can do anything you like
- not too many meetings, so the project management does not often disturb the actual work

Cons- too many managers and other support staff
- relatively low salary, little bonuses
- too many organization changes that don't really help
- bad software development practices

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior/Principal Scientist (Current Employee)
Turku (Finland)

I have been working at VTT full-time for more than 8 years

Prosyou'll find someone for pretty much all fields you're interested in here... exchange of expertise is truly multidisciplinary.
People are usually very friendly and helpful, in particular scientists and technicians, technical staff as well as computer/IT people.

ConsBig organization - often poorly coordinated and slow in decision making. When decisions are finally made - sometimes its too late. Or you hear too late about it.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake your people serious - and treat them more respectfully. We are not in old Soviet times any more. There is no need for a top down, attitude towards employees of any kind. Simply replying to an email may already be very helpful - which rarely happens, and even more rarely - in time. More transparency for almost any decisions would be helpful as well. Often decisions are made somehow, somewhere, nobody knows who ... and communicated very poorly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work is best when managers are least

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Espoo (Finland)

I have been working at VTT full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExcellent facilities and trained professionals and technicians to work with

ConsLack of focus and direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore priority to technology and experts and less to business models

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very rewarding to work with some of the best brains in the world.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VTT

ProsCollaboration with key global R&D institutions, main technology transfer body towards Finnish industry, very competent experts, freedom to be creative and innovative, support and respect for all.

ConsCold Finnish winters and dark nights, move towards open office work environment, still need for more non-Finnish researchers, more opportunities for students needed.

Advice to Senior ManagementVTT has made substantial progress in the last five years. It is now time to continue this momentum and expand VTT's R&D basis to a global level rather than a select few countries.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Could be just the team, but it's a wrong place to work for a software engineer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Espoo (Finland)

I have been working at VTT

ProsDown-to-earth colleagues
Bosses are nice, usually not bossy
Enough personal time
International opportunities available
Long annual vacation
Good working environment (offices)

ConsUnqualified managers on management positions, lack of leadership and management skills
Bureaucracy on lots of things
Research institute therefore not good for software engineers for you are expected to be someone else
Many people are lack of motivation, too pessimistic, or in-confident

Advice to Senior ManagementHire those who really know how to manager for the manager position.
Figures are important, but not much as people, keeping them motivated, letting them feel appreciated and respected.
Wind down the bureaucracy. Stop using Vertti that has wasted many hours of every one.

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