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  1. Good place

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Trainee in Espoo (Finland)
    Current Employee - Research Trainee in Espoo (Finland)

    I have been working at VTT full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to work for

    Cons

    slow growth and lots of bureaucracy


  2. OK for research

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Espoo (Finland)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Espoo (Finland)

    I have been working at VTT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    extremely flexible working hours, 6 weeks of vacation

    Cons

    academic research is not appreciated


  3. One of the worst employers ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VTT

    Pros

    Very good colleagues. Excellent team spirit.

    Cons

    Top management does nothing else nut consume basic funding amd increase bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company.


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  5. Research Scientist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Espoo (Finland)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Espoo (Finland)

    I worked at VTT full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Research resource available for work is probably second to known in Nordic nations. Equipments are often free to use internally if you know how to operate - garage scientists' heaven.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard to work when you are in the position, no access to lobby line managers for funding. All work is project based, no project, no money to run your work but difficult to get project proposal approved? you would be stuck in the dark...

    Advice to Management

    We are losing approval from Finnish people!


  6. Helpful (2)

    Possibilities are endless for the motivated self-starters

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Oulu (Finland)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Oulu (Finland)

    I have been working at VTT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Relaxed and informal office culture, and great colleagues (we spend free time together)! - Long holidays (30 d/a), and flexible working hours - Best brains in Northern Europe as colleagues - someone will know the answer to your problem! - Project management responsibility early in career, possibility to affect on the contents of the research projects and work on the topics of your interests

    Cons

    - Getting funding for research projects is difficult, and there is little money allocated for project preparation (even though it takes time!) - The research infrastructure is generally good, but some of the hardware (scientific instruments) is a bit worn-out and outdated. Replacement investments are scarce and their processing takes a long time. It is embarrasing to work with customers using old instruments. - Salary is (to my experience) 10 % lower when compared to similar positions in industry.

    Advice to Management

    Common direction is missing


  7. Amazing colleagues to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist

    I worked at VTT full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are skillful, intelligent and helpful. I absolutely loved to work with them. Very long holidays and a short work week (36 h)

    Cons

    The worst thing was to hear from more than one customer that agreements are not respected Management is very formal and inflexible, Administration from the Stone Age

    Advice to Management

    Please, learn Lean and Leadership


  8. Good opportunity for individual work, bad for team work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Espoo (Finland)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Espoo (Finland)

    I have been working at VTT full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  9. VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior/Principal Scientist in Turku (Finland)
    Current Employee - Senior/Principal Scientist in Turku (Finland)

    I have been working at VTT full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    you'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.

    Cons

    Big 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 Management

    Take 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.


  10. Work is best when managers are least

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Espoo (Finland)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Espoo (Finland)

    I have been working at VTT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent facilities and trained professionals and technicians to work with

    Cons

    Lack of focus and direction.

    Advice to Management

    More priority to technology and experts and less to business models


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VTT

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Collaboration 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.

    Cons

    Cold 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 Management

    VTT 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.



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