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Empa Reviews

Updated Nov 26, 2019

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4.1
74%
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100%
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Empa CEO Gian-Luca Bona
Gian-Luca Bona
10 Ratings
  1. "Good environment, great salary, few opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Dübendorf
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Empa full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly and competent colleagues - cheap canteen and accomodation - good facilities - close to Zürich centre and airport - great salary It's definitely a place where one would want to work for long, but it's not possible.

    Cons

    - not many opportunities for women or foreigners, unless they are well connected: you can be a good scientist with good cv, but you will see many Swiss who do nothing at all getting a permanent position while you have to leave. - limited time there (max 5 years), after which you can be kicked out - very few chances for contract extension or getting a permanent position, subject to the board's policy for future... research.

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    Advice to Management

    Think less about bs (integrate research into UN objectives, policy for the next years, merging with other institutions and consequences of the name change) and let people have a stable job to develop ideas and research.

    Empa2019-11-26
  2. "Sehr gut"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in St. Gall
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Empa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very multidisciplinary and applied research Research topics well suited to foster collaboration with industry Good options for continuous educations, or professional development Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Communication not always efficient/transparent between different departments

    Advice to Management

    Give more options to young scientists to project into longer-term career options

    Empa2019-08-20
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for interdisciplinary and applied research"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in St. Gall
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Empa full-time

    Pros

    - Collaborative community -Great people -Facilities - Cheap rent ( in St. Gallen) -Access to ETHZ and or EPFL -View and collaborations over great variety of topics (from fibers to implants and solar cells)

    Cons

    - A bit isolated - no cafeteria with lunch menu

    Advice to Management

    Make Empa lean more towards an academic workstyle for PhD students and non permanent stuff (more flexible effective working hours, higher caliber invited speakers more regularly). Try to attract high achieving Post Docs. Try to regroup the efforts of the institute behind more ambitious goals, moonshots !

    Empa2019-07-02
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Scientific Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in St. Gall
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Empa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    scientific freedom (as long as project-related tasks allow this)

    Cons

    Governmental Origanisation with its (administrative) rules

    Empa2019-06-09
  5. "Research Assistant"

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    I have been working at Empa

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, high salary, friendly people

    Cons

    no permanent positions available, otherwise its a good place to work

    Empa2018-11-15
  6. "Very good if you look for a ZIVI"

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    Zivi in Dübendorf
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Empa for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice, comfortable and good spirit. the work environment is good.

    Cons

    It is mainly an education institution, which means there are not many permanent positions.

    Advice to Management

    Good work

    Empa2018-06-18
  7. "Great place to start a career in Switzerland"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Empa full-time

    Pros

    Serious and professional Top equipment Great support for families

    Cons

    Max 5 year contract High turnover

    Empa2018-05-20
  8. "Swiss Federal Laboratories"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Dübendorf
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Empa full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good salary, professional laboratories, excellent staff, high education

    Cons

    expensive cost of living (accommodation, food, travelling)

    Empa2018-01-24
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid and dont even keep as a last resort, run by italian mafia"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Dübendorf
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Empa full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Financially good, but this is good in any position in switzerland so this place doesnt really have any pros because the cons are too much to neglect

    Cons

    -- No career prospects for future, the research they do are archaic and most researchers are pretending to do research. They want to keep their position and hire and fire all the time. -- Too laid back, they are not working at all. --Run by italian mafia like the title suggests. Too much hierarchy and they will nullify your contract any time, no trust and they dont care about temporary staff even if you have... a postdoc/phd contract, avoid empa st gallen and lab 401, staff there are completely unreliable and dishonest and they will cheat you anytime. It is full of italian cheating and dishonest unethical team members. -- Too much risk of losing your job even if you have a phd or researcher contract. AVOID! -- They dont help you succeed at all in empa or outside empa in future and will snatch your work, funds everything from you. AVOID!

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    Advice to Management

    stop pretending you are doing science or you care about staff

    Empa2017-12-23
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Not the best place for international researchers"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Dübendorf
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Empa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hour Free of working on independent project Good holidays Close to industries

    Cons

    It is not very women freindly. My department had very few women and socially is can be very hard to integrate. the work atmosphere is not very international either. The overall attitude towards international employees is quite cold which can be a problem when it comes to integrating and networking. Being in several european instituions in the past, this has been my first experience in this reagrd.

    Empa2017-10-05
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