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ETH Zurich Zürich Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  1. "Working at ETH Zurich"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "PhD"

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    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    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.

  3. "One of the best places to do a CS PhD"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very! competitive salary (never met another PhD student worldwide with a higher salary)
    Well connected
    Travel, equipment etc. are a non issue in terms of reimbursement
    Mostly not grant dependent (relative free choice of topic)

    Cons

    Social life / interaction could be better in the CS department (e.g. compared to life science at hoenggerberg)


  4. "good step towards future jobs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality of work, accessibility to resouces and equipment,

    Cons

    Not a real employer, so underplayed researchers and part time contracts offered but overtime work hours expected.

    Advice to Management

    Try to look for permanent employers within your current, non permanent staff.


  5. "Well paid PhD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the pay is among the best for a phd position. Not all labs/departments pay the same: first year students receive between 47'000 and 70'000 (brutto), and it increases over the first two years, reaching 50'000 to 80'000 from the third year onwards.

    Cons

    Some professors (not mine!) put extremely high pressure on students, and do not treat them nicely. Before joining, try to find in which category your future professor belongs! Hint: if a professor has a high share of Swiss or European students, he/she is likely to treat them humanly: these students would leave and get a job somewhere else in Europe instead (which is not that easy for non-EU citizens...)


  6. "Scientist at ETHZ"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - POst-doc in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - POst-doc in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good science and good place to work

    Cons

    Short term contract, 6 years


  7. "I love ETHZ"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - "Postdoc" in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - "Postdoc" in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The environment encourages learning.
    - Always at the edge of technology and research.
    - Salaries are high.
    - Friendly environment.

    Cons

    - For non-EU employees, the permits given are very limiting.
    - You usually work more time than specified.

    Advice to Management

    Find more attractive permits for the non-EU employees. It will help them continue on the same level of excellence in other institutions after finishing their work at ETHZ.

  8. "World class university in the middle of Europe"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ETH Zurich is a great employer with excellent benefits and world class reputation. ETH regularly ranks in the top 10 of world universities and number 1 in Europe.

    Cons

    The only thing that comes to mind here is that Zurich is considerably smaller than one might expect. In terms of size and nightlife it's not comparable to New York, London, or Paris.


  9. "Excellent university to work for, but it concentrates too much power and money on full professors."

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    Current Employee - Oberassistent in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Oberassistent in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent infrastructure, lots of smart people, serious about teaching and research, very good salaries compared to other universities.

    Cons

    Not many chances for career progress once you are over 6 years of Oberassistent - you have to leave! ETH Zurich does not offer a reasonable number of permanent positions at the assistant professor level. If they spent less financial resources and funding with full professors, which can be over a CHF 1 million per year (~USD 1 million), not counting external funding, more opportunities would be possible for younger scientists.

    Advice to Management

    ETH Zurich needs to spend less funding (so called PA-fund) for full professors and provide more career opportunities for young scientists.


  10. "ETH Zurich"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visiting Professor in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Visiting Professor in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ETH Zurich full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    ETH is a top institution with world class researchers and students.
    The pay scale is substantially higher than for other universities in Europe, more in line with top US universities.

    Cons

    Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so the high salaries offered by the universities should be considered in context.


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