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Caltech (California) Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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Dr. Thomas F. Rosenbaum
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Pros
  • Analytical rigor in scientific training, friendly work environment, Lack of red tape, beautiful campus (in 25 reviews)

  • Lots of smart people all around (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be difficult to maintain (in 22 reviews)

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

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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    Pros

    World class research institution

    Cons

    Lack of a medical school


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time

    Pros

    Access to amazing, world class research and researchers. Lots of desire to support people in their scientific development. Great networking for pursuing your next opportunity.

    Cons

    Not all research areas represented. Not all researchers are exemplary teachers or mentors. Can be challenging to switch research paths.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to actively seek out student input, and act on it to continue to maintain trust. Continue working to communicate resources.

  3. "Good for settling down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment, good benefits, cushy area, some pretty smart people

    Cons

    Bad environment for young people, nobody is motivated to excel, politics envelop everything, management refusing to deal with bad actors, "pass the buck" culture is everywhere

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in removing toxic elements from the workplace


  4. "PhD student"

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

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

    Pros

    Small school. Good for student-faculty interaction, and interdisciplinary studies.

    Cons

    Lack humanities and social sciences.


  5. "Great Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    A great place with a lot of research opportunities. As a postdoc, the people are supportive and helpful and are very interested in making sure things go smoothly. Many university professional development classes one can take.

    Cons

    Very competitive. Can get lost in a sea of research.


  6. "Rigorous training for scientists and engineers"

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

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

    Pros

    Analytical rigor in scientific training, friendly work environment, Lack of red tape, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Campus is a bit small which can be both good and bad.

    Advice to Management

    None, I have had an overhelmingly positive experience.


  7. "Collegial and welcoming"

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great- very collaborative and cooperative.

    Cons

    The rigor required in your work is very high- be excellent in your research.

  8. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltech (California) full-time

    Pros

    It's an amazing school, very smart people.

    Cons

    It is an institute of technology, so the student body is not very diverse. Also, it is very small.


  9. "postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice campus and good academic environment

    Cons

    small campus size, a little isolated


  10. "Ph.D"

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

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

    Pros

    Quiet, Focused, High-Tech, Tech, Simple

    Cons

    Boring, Tired, Stressful, Non-social, competitive


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