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Caltech (California) Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Dr. Thomas F. Rosenbaum
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus, convient access to virtually anything within walking distance (in 23 reviews)

  • Work with very smart people and learn a lot (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be difficult to maintain (in 20 reviews)

  • There is a poor work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to be a graduate student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caltech has built an excellent community around excellence in science and engineering. It is truly a unique place to be a graduate student.

    Cons

    It can be intimidating to start here. Thankfully, you have the power to make it a great place through involvement in extra-curricular activities.


  2. "Postdoc at Applied Physics/EE/Mat.Sci."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Pros/Cons depends on the group. Below are generalized for Applied Physics/EE/Mat.Sci.
    Pros:
    Small but well-maintained clean room facilities
    Faculty has funding in general - so easy to find/buy equipment needed
    Small but nice campus

    Cons

    Small school - therefore not much collaboration opportunity
    Benefits not so good - OK for a temporary postdoc position


  3. "Prestigious institution, fun work environment"

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    Current Employee - Catering General Helper in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Catering General Helper in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltech (California) part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It really does feel like being part of a family working at caltech. The campus is beautiful and there are not many students, so it really does feel like a little community.

    Cons

    Catering there can be sort of hectic. It's overall a good time because everyone gets along, but it could use more structure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome.


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  5. "Great Place for Scientists"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment;
    Focus more on true science rather than publication

    Cons

    None so far, salary is not so great but it's the general problem of this area


  6. "Excellent research institution with some of the brightest in the world"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge resources and the best research opportunities, small size, researchers given plenty of independence

    Cons

    Work/life balance can sometimes be an issue, many people work long hours


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    "Great place for science - problem with HR"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for science - great people - good learning experience

    Cons

    Salary not adapted for the living cost of LA


  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Highest level research environment surrounded by talents

    Cons

    Hard to survive, easy to get disappointed


  9. "Postdoctoral Scholar"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your satisfaction depends on you PI of course. But Caltech is a great place to work for postdocs. Its small enough that you can go to job fairs and other social events with students. Benefits are good for postdocs too, because they lump us with the staff. PI's are very smart, and the environment is very collaborative.

    Cons

    It is small, and doing research is hard because of lack of collaborators. For eg, there was only 1 FACS sorter which was used for bacterial cells, fungi, fish etc.


  10. "Don't go to a PhD, there are no jobs in academia."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice location, very focused and brilliant people, nice medical help.

    Cons

    Very small. Very poor work/life balance, about 1/3 has mental problems because of workload and weak career opportunities.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Astrophysicist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Astrophysicist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and PTO days

    Cons

    Better pay for working over time

    Advice to Management

    Give better advice


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