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  1. Great place to participate in challenging projects and learn new

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MBA Program Coordinator in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Former Employee - MBA Program Coordinator in Saint Petersburg (Russia)

    I worked at Vlerick full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Networking, you can participate in great events and project and therefore learn new.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, a lack of growth opportunities


  2. Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Gent (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Gent (Belgium)

    I worked at Vlerick full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Great people. Amazing flexibility to follow your own research agenda. Encouraged to enter a Phd track.

    Cons

    Competitive student environment can be stressful at times. Can also make for some excellent students.

    Of course they can always pay more!

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the growth of research in more progressive areas outside of the traditional B-school world. Ethics, Sustainability, Ecommerce, etc.


  3. Doesn't practice what it preaches

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Leuven (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Leuven (Belgium)

    I worked at Vlerick full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's an academic environment but with a business edge; for people so inclined, it presents a nice balance. Among the researchers and more junior people, there is a good culture, and some of the senior people and professors are very open to mentorship.

    Cons

    As a business school, one would expect Vlerick to apply what it teaches, particularly in regards to people management. Nonetheless, the evaluation, promotion and compensation systems are very weak and intransparent. Futhermore, the most senior management completely ignores the juniors, barely even saying hello when they pass in the corridors.

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect to the juniors, and provide them with more regular insight on the overall activities and strategy of the school. Build a stronger mentoring system for juniors. Provide more clarity around the evaluation, promotion and compensation.


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  5. Great name, but there are lots of opportunities for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Researcher
    Former Employee - Junior Researcher

    I worked at Vlerick full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - good work-life balance
    - diverse work
    - overall great atosphere amongst colleagues
    - World famous in Belgium (but not beyond)

    Cons

    - low and stagnant pay
    - PhD opportunities pretty much non-existent for researchers, because of lack of funding and time.
    - reserachers are seen a cheap and replacable resource
    - great academic claims by manangement, yet little academic output.
    - average ranking

    Advice to Management

    - Create growth opportunities for ambitous reseachers.
    - Be honest about PhD opportunities
    - the partnership structure makes it a slow organisation with a lot of conflicting interests. Too many little kingdoms.


  6. Good place to work - if you like research

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Ghent (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Intern in Ghent (Belgium)

    I have been working at Vlerick

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -interesting competence centres
    -top professors as well as high-level business leaders associated with the school
    -school focusses on networking and entrepreneurship

    Cons

    -students recruited are sometimes not top-class
    -it is not yet the top-school, but it is growing
    -ghent and leuven are nice cities, but maybe not attractive from a global point of view

    Advice to Management

    -try to recruit more top international students, improve the student hiring process



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