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ETH Zurich Zürich Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Generous work-life balance considerations; family benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Sehr gute Bezahlung und viele Urlaubstage (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • rich zu finden kann schwer sein (in 13 reviews)

  • hard to reach work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "PHD"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great IT support and infrastructure for research

    Cons

    Professors have all the power


  2. "Great conditions, exceptional people, Swiss environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working place, with one of the best professors and colleagues. Students very smart and devoted, Great benefits and salary for scientists, one of the best in the world. Lots of opportunities for exchange and great reputation worldwide.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is pretty cold and non-personal, There are not many social events, and one that exist are more of a push than a real enjoyment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue like this but make an atmosphere more friendly and add more soul to the environment


  3. "Very good experience"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very competitive salaries
    Excellent Sports facilities
    Excellent research facilities
    Smart and highly motivated colleagues

    Cons

    Not many. Somewhat complex bureaucratic structures.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster academic excellence as you have so far.


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  5. "ETH Zurich - PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A phenomenal place for a scientific researcher in the life science field. Well respected around the globe for its world-class research.

    Cons

    I would say that the quality of the research produced by the university (e.g. by doctoral or post-doctoral researchers) is far higher than the quality of teaching at undergraduate level.

    Advice to Management

    The PhD programs (Life Science Zurich Graduate School) are well designed in the fact that there are a wide range of modules which can be enrolled on. However, i believe that the programs could be better designed to equip PhD students with the necessary skills to move into industry afterwards, as ultimately a lot of students will not have an academic career for the rest of their lives. This is a problem which is not unique to ETH Zurich, and is a world-wide issue, however ETH Zurich is in a great position to lead the way to a better defined PhD program that caters for careers outside academia.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ETH Zurich (More than a year)

    Pros

    good research community, good compensation, close to nature and mountains

    Cons

    swiss german is probably beyond reach for most foreign workers, so integration is quite poor in the long term


  7. "Good working conditions and fair salaries. I really enjoy working here."

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary compared with other PhD positions, modern working environment, entry to the university gym is included. A good place to be!

    Cons

    Of course the expectations on the work are high, but this is probably similar elsewhere. Otherwise, not much negative to say.


  8. "Doktorant"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - world class research
    - very well paid for a Ph.D.
    - degree internationally recognized
    - it does open some doors

    Cons

    - the contracts are renewed every year, meaning it's always a hassle to renew the residence permit for foreigners. This is also sometimes used to fire Ph.D. students without renewing their contracts
    - working hours can be quite a lot
    - most professors not hands-on, do not offer a lot of supervision


  9. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at ETH Zurich full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working hours, Salary, Innovative Atmosphere, World Class Research Institution

    Cons

    Not very dynamic, Long term opportunities limited


  10. "Excellent academic environment for research"

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ETH Zurich as a contractor

    Pros

    *You are surrounded by highly skilled and smart people
    *High degree of freedom and flexibility
    *Great infrastructure

    Cons

    As a research assistant, you might have to assume some teaching responsibilities, which might not be of interest to you


  11. "Best place in the world to do a PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing pay, benefits, and workplaces for PhD studies

    Cons

    None that I can think of



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