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ETH Zurich Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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  • hard to reach work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "not for everyone"

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

    I worked at ETH Zurich part-time

    Pros

    Great salary, interesting work (depending on lab)

    Cons

    Swiss mentality can be a turn off,


  2. "Doctoral candidate at ETH Zurich"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ETH Zurich full-time

    Pros

    Best pay in the world, high quality of life,

    Cons

    none at all that I could see

  3. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ETH Zurich full-time

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and pension plan.

    Cons

    Health insurance not provided.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "TA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ETH Zurich part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High salary per hour. approximately 30/hour

    Cons

    Need to prepare really good to give courses to students


  5. "one of the top tech schools in the world"

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    Former Employee - PhD Candidate
    Former Employee - PhD Candidate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - exciting place to work with modern infrastructure
    - lots of freedom to do cool stuff
    - very entrepreneurial culture with great student initiatives

    Cons

    - to work here, you need a lot of intrinsic motivation
    - wrong place if you like being micro managed ;)


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    "Oberassistent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best universities on the east side of the Atlantic, with the ghost of Einstein wandering the lovely stone walls. Great speakers and academic visitors always stopping by for seminars for the [sic] ETH and the public. This University has world class, top notch, heavy thinkers--there is much to be learned and enjoyed there.

    The ETH daycare, Kikri, was the best part of working there if you are lucky enough to have young children. The caregivers at Kikri are the most amazing and warm people, becoming extended family. The children learn Swiss German and High German, speaking as natives, and you meet families from all over the world. A great experience to have.

    The Swiss transportation is fantastic! Believe the hype.

    Cons

    -Permanent positions are exceedingly difficult to come by--ETH is usually a stepping stone in your career, but a good one.

    - Finding a place to live in Zurich will probably be the hardest thing you will ever do in your life! Treat apartment applications like you would one for your most coveted job!

    - The Swiss can be slow to warm up to you and learning the local language is close to impossible while holding down a job, especially at the University where most people speak English.


  7. "Well Funded Research Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time

    Pros

    In general, science in Switzerland is well-funded, and the institute has many in-house programs for obtaining funding. The core facilities and resources are a good idea in theory, but competition for centralized services (IT, flow cytometry, etc) is high.

    Cons

    The BSSE environment feels a bit more like a company than a university -- though perhaps this is because we share a location and many employees with Roche, Novartis, Syngenta, etc.

  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, interaction with students, you are completely free in composing your lectures as long as the students are prepared for the exam at the end of the semester.

    Cons

    Salary is low copared to the invested time. If you are very engaged in your work, the students will contact you with questions throughout the week, but you wont be recompensated for extra time.


  9. "Very good university"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lake Zurich, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality research and people

    Cons

    There are no bad things

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Doktorand"

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    Current Employee - Doktorand in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Doktorand in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good research, great coworkers.

    Cons

    A lot of work, pressure to publish.


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