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Updated October 17, 2017
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  • res sont un peu comme des laboratoires sur diff (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EPFL full-time

    Pros

    Top quality research in engineering, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Learning the local language is necessary if you want to have a good social life.


  2. "Great City"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
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    I worked at EPFL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great city, great university, great pay.

    Cons

    The Environmental department is not as good as those at top US universities.

    Advice to Management

    Do not give lifelong positions to non-faculty.

  3. "University on the rise"

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

    Pros

    The computer science department is on the rise, they have good labs already and are competitive in hiring.
    You can live well in Lausanne on the salary

    Cons

    The city itself is not very exciting, it can get boring sometimes.
    The culture is not quite like in the US, labs collaborate less.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more collaboration between labs.
    Organize or encourage social events, to at least get the students to know each other across labs.


  4. "Excellent working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EPFL full-time

    Pros

    - a lot of resources
    - connections with the industry
    - vibrant startup community
    - life-work balance

    Cons

    - less working opportunities in Lausanne


  5. "Great university"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good research environment, nice campus

    Cons

    Non english speaking outside university


  6. "An excellent place for study and work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
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    Pros

    Excellent salary. Pretty well-organized. Flexibility of the working hours. Excellent weather both in summer and winter. An excellent language center to improve English, French, German and Italian. A good source for complementary career courses and workshops.

    Cons

    Some courses were taught in French, might not cover all the international students or staff.


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    "Post Doc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Irving, TX

    Pros

    International environment, collaborative and so friendly

    Cons

    You don't get working permis by doing postdoc

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Depending in which lab you are in rules and culture is different, but overall good life and work balance. The more you get involved into research to more time you will need to dedicate. Travelled extensively within Switzerland for meetings with industrial partners.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is lack of freedom in terms of decision making. Advisor could be out for meetings and that could slow down the work.

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings and updates, especially when the projects kicked off already. Allow more space for personal training and seminars.


  9. "Excellent PhD school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at EPFL (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    EPFL is highly international, well funded school in a beautiful setting. It is much smaller that the US universities, but it keeps up and does cutting edge research.

    Cons

    it's hard to think of some. Perhaps being at a big US university (Stanford, Harvard...) makes students more exposed to the science world and easier to meet and network.

    Advice to Management

    Now that there is a beautiful congress center on campus, it's worth trying to organize as many as possible international meeting.


  10. "Best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International atmosphere for scientific research

    Cons

    swiss people are a bit quiet

    Advice to Management

    More assertive


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