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  1. "Better than nothing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foundation for Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    You make your own schedules

    Cons

    Not the greatest salary, no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Improve salary/benefits


  2. "R&D Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Doctoral Candidate in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Doctoral Candidate in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Foundation for Science and Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Main funding source for scientifical research in Portugal.

    Cons

    Excessive burocracy, takes months to handle any kind of issue or subject with administration. Highly dependent on Governmental policies and politics, rules change often.
    Contracts are strict.

  3. "R&D Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You learn a lot. Work on new technologies

    Cons

    Don't make r&aises and do not pay bonus


  4. "A lot of bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Foundation for Science and Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They always pay in time. Not chance that you are not payed since it is a public organization.

    Cons

    It is very hard to communicate with the management. You can have a very difficult time if by any chance you need to ask for a special fee.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more efficient handling all the requests you have. Maybe it is necessary to have more people working there.


  5. "Pos-doc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Lisbon (Portugal)

    Pros

    Flexible work, tax free. The project can be developed acordingly.

    Cons

    It is a Schollarship, so revenewable every year until max 6 yrs. Unstable carreer.

    Advice to Management

    Start giving contracts


  6. "Research assistant review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    taxes free, possible to renew, you have freedom to work in more or less what you want

    Cons

    some months, the payment is delayed; bureaucratic; complicated; often, administrative staff is not helpful


  7. "Short term is great, long term ... it's complicated"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Foundation for Science and Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You earn a decent salary for someone with no experience. You have flexible hours, usually a great work-life balance, you are (hopefully) doing something you enjoy. You have plenty of autonomy and do stimulating intelectual work.
    Of course that if you take it very seriously you will be writing furiously and trying to get published, going to conferences, networking with professors, joining additional research projects, etc. so you have the upper hand when a tenure track position opens up, but if you want to take it easy it can be a pretty happy life.
    You also have the chance to live abroad for a while if you are accepted into a foreign institution, with a much higher pay (1720EUR/month, I think).
    If you get a 3h/week teaching on top of your fellowship, you can earn a very decent salary and you won't go insane with the work-schedule.

    Cons

    It's a very competitive process, at least in most areas. You need excellent grades, a few publications, a solid research project, a good supervisor and a good research centre behind you.
    You will usually get your position renewed for four years, but after that it can be hard to land on your feet. You can apply for a post-doc, but only after receiving your PhD and it's once again a very competitive process. If you want to stay in academia you can keep applying to universities and research centres, but in Portugal companies rarely hire doctorates and the public sector has been hiring only a few people too. So it's easy to get in a trap of long term unemployment or underemployment if you don't plan ahead and play your cards right. (This will of course vary a lot from one field to the next).
    Some supervisors will abuse you and ask you to do research for them, which they will then publish as theirs; or ask you prepare and give classes or even entire courses, when they are the ones being paid for that. Because you are so dependent on their approval you can't really say anything without fearing repercussions, and they know that...
    In the first year, you will probably earn more than most of your peers (though a bit less than those that were also on the top of your class) and you work a less than most. But as the years pass by, they will start being promoted, change jobs and you will be still earning the same, so each year it's a worse deal.
    Even if you have free time, you can't take another paid position (except a 3h/week teaching position).
    If you are working in a team the flexibility is lower, but if you work alone it can get very lonely. I think the ideal is to work alone together with other people doing similar but independent research, and then participate sporadically in larger team projects.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your response times to emails and allocate more people to picking up the phone.

  8. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student With Grant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - PhD Student With Grant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Provides top-notch education to students.
    Interesting international collaboration possibilities.
    Salary is adequate to standard of living in Portugal.

    Cons

    Little to no follow up from FCT during the PhD work.
    Terms of contract change unilaterally during duration of PhD work.
    Salary is paid as a stipend instead of a work contract.

    Advice to Management

    Do not change terms of contract during the duration of PhD work. Grandfathering of PhD contracts should be a possibility to take in account.
    Salary should be paid as a work contract instead of a stipend


  9. "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Bolseiro - Técnico De Investigação SEM Grau Académico in Shimoga (India)
    Former Employee - Bolseiro - Técnico De Investigação SEM Grau Académico in Shimoga (India)
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foundation for Science and Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its very good for the new York city and the way to see the new one more information contained within the other

    Cons

    Challenge to the other than that the new one of this message is not sure you have a bit of the new York


  10. "Advisor for International Relations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foundation for Science and Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    time for consultancy and location

    Cons

    pay rate and average salary


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