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Updated October 22, 2018
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  • "Beaucoup d'argent va aux sciences de la vie et les autres champs sont de plus en plus n" (in 11 reviews)

  • "tait pas suffisante pour les outils," (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Post doc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EPFL full-time

    Pros

    Salary is good and beautiful lake and city.

    Cons

    High cost of living in Lausanne, and hard to find a cheap place to rent.


  2. "Top university with a good environment"

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

    I have been working at EPFL full-time

    Pros

    Highly interesting working environment with a lot of smart people

    Cons

    It's an expensive country to live in

  3. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EPFL full-time

    Pros

    Standard academic position. Eventually, it depends on your advisor.

    Cons

    Life in Switzerland is rather expensive.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "An excellent place for study and work"

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

    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


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