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ETH Zurich Zürich Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • hard to reach work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. "ETH life"

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

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

    Pros

    salary, working place, scientific background

    Cons

    language, qualifying exams, earning credits


  2. "Great place to develop"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of intelectual freedom, great people around, good salary.

    Cons

    As in academia, your supervisor may not necessarily be skilled in management and other soft skills.

    Advice to Management

    Train professors in team management.

  3. "Postdoc at ETH"

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

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

    Pros

    great conditions for research, Zurich is a great place

    Cons

    you have to leave at some point


  4. "PhD Student in Organic chemistry"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student/Scientific Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student/Scientific Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for any one studying a PhD in ETH.
    Excellent work from workshop and a lot of money and freedom to develop your ideas

    Cons

    Too many student for each professor. There is no leaders nor team players and the atmosphere is too competitive.

    Advice to Management

    More Postdocs less PhD Students


  5. "Doktorand"

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    Current Employee - Doktorand in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Doktorand in Zürich (Switzerland)
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    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.


  6. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good university with excellent research infrastructe

    Cons

    as is typical during a PhD, work-life balance is medium


  7. "Great place to work as scientist"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of money for research, attend conferences and good salary. Flexible working hours and great opportunities to supervise PhD and Msc students.

    Cons

    Little chance to get a permanent position. They do not provide initial financial help when moving to the city. Official communication may be in German and this could be a problem for foreigners.

  8. "Phd student"

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

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

    Pros

    ETH is a massive structure that provides solid employee benefits with a huge community. Zurich is an expensive city, but very nice to live in (with over 30% expats). ETH has good funding so equipment is cutting-edge.

    Cons

    As a Phd student, you are basically your boss' minion. ETH provides surprisingly little support to students who have issues, even though some professors will repeatedly cause problems to Phd students. Official option is: you can quit if you don't like bad treatment.
    The existing union also doesn't handle short-contract workers at the university (so no help for Phds and Postdocs).
    That said, I know many Phd students and scientists who love working there.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to protect Phd students from mobbing. Job security and mentorship from professors are not hindrance to successfully doing a Phd, they are essential.


  9. "Working at ETH Zurich"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ETH Zurich (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ETH Zurich remains one of the best universities in the world for scientific research

    Cons

    No permanent positions are available are ETH Zurich

    Advice to Management

    Open new positions for senior scientists


  10. "PhD"

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

    I have been working at ETH Zurich as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice people and a very good environment to work.

    Cons

    I can't think of major drawbacks.


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