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Updated Dec 3, 2021

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4.6
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ETH Zurich Präsident Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot (no image)
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116 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good salary and working environment(in 75 reviews)

  • "it is a good working environment(in 46 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Very few permanent positions are available(in 24 reviews)

  • "Need time to get used to Swiss style of working(in 23 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place for pursuing a PhD

      Oct 9, 2021 - PhD Student 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice environment friendly stuff. Centrally located

      Cons

      English is not a official language in Switzerland

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      research assistant

      Sep 30, 2021 - Food Technologist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It's an innovative project and a flexible job

      Cons

      During Corona, it was hard to connect to many other people, as things we're often times closed.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Teaching Assistant at ETH Zurich

      Jul 14, 2021 - Teaching Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Pay is good for a doctoral student - Students are respectful of teaching assistants

      Cons

      - Poor student engagement - Students prefer being taught in German - Professors are not interested in your development as a teacher

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      ETH Zurich as a non-Swiss

      Jun 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Resourceful in terms f access to books and journals

      Cons

      Language barriers as German is often used in its administrative process

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Nice environment

      May 9, 2021 - Research Assistant in Zurich, MT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      freedom in research area and much to explore

      Cons

      lack of guidance; sometimes project target not so much defined

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Overwork

      May 3, 2021 - Ph D Student in Zurich, MT
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      Pros

      Nice salary compared to the PhD in other countries

      Cons

      The cost of life is higher than other countries

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Research Assistant

      Jan 25, 2021 - Research Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cool place to work, always trying to improve and extremely competitive

      Cons

      Teaching is a nice part but not at all appreciated either by professor nor by students

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Graduate Student at ETH

      Oct 30, 2020 - Graduate Researcher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Focused on funding and research paper output

      Cons

      Elitist, Unpersonable, Unhelpful, Poor Management

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Oberassistent

      Aug 20, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      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.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      one of the top tech schools in the world

      Sep 15, 2016 - PhD Candidate 
      Recommend
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      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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