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Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good funding
    flexible hours
    good equipment

    Cons

    pure french and administration staff cannot speak or understand English easily
    too much paper works on simple tasks


  2. "Phd"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professors that are highly regarded in academia. State-of-the art equipment. Freedom in your research compared to European Ph.d. programs. Multi-cultural environment. Proximity to Europe and North America

    Cons

    Lot of work is required. French is not mandatory especially at the research level, but beneficial to be known


  3. "Nice school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very relax environment, can work with intelligent researchers

    Cons

    Located in the middle of the mountain

    Advice to Management

    No specific advice to the management


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  5. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place to work and learn. Flexible working hours. Everybody is helpful. Very talented students and professors. Great and challenging projects.

    Cons

    Some people are just waiting their retirement. everybody, such as students, colleagues and management team, is aware of these people, however they do nothing.


  6. "As an international student"

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    Former Employee - International Student
    Former Employee - International Student

    I worked at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, nice colleagues, nice environment, nice professors. Love'em!

    Cons

    Too good that there is no cons at all!

    Advice to Management

    As it is very good now, still hope there could be more training on academic life/research.


  7. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lot of funds
    good working environment

    Cons

    you should be good at french


  8. "Mitacs Scolarship"

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    Current Employee - Mitacs Research Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mitacs Research Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Offers probably one of the best scolarship and experience in the industry for a PhD student.

    Cons

    Took a lot of time before the money starts being sent to my bank account. So many processes. Over 4 levels of bureaucracy.
    Maximum of 90k total


  9. "Ok university"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Safe surroundings, good infrastructures, gym facilities.

    Cons

    Pay lower than other universities (McGill, for example), French language requirement may be a difficulty for some people, access from the metro could be easier.

    Advice to Management

    Intensify the education of French language.


  10. "Nice for obligatory internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you have a cool grad student to supervize your project, it can be a blast.

    Cons

    Sometimes the older lab personnel can be haters.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the haters


  11. "Graduate student - Chemical Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal full-time

    Pros

    Level and quality of research at Ecole Polytechnique is quite high.
    I learned French at a beginner level during my time there.

    Cons

    If you don't speak French, you will have a difficult time at Ecole Polytechnique. Although the website will tell you that you can complete your studies in English, this is not the reality:
    Not all professors will facilitate this for you. Social life at university will be quite limited if you don't speak French. Even administration staff (department secretary etc.) will give you a hard time if you speak in English. My studies were hugely sacrificed as a consequence.

    I had the impression that my experience would be similar to my friend's in Europe (countries like Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands etc.) that offer programs in English. Unfortunately this was not the case.

    Advice to Management

    I think university management should seriously decide whether they want to take English-speaking students on board or not. It is unfair to advertise this on their external communications, but not realize how difficult it is for students that come to ecole polytechnique with limited French skills.


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