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KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Very good working environment and a lot of freedom of doing research as a doctoral student; very competitive salary and other compensations; (in 11 reviews)

  • Free work environment, skilled co-workers, very good Work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary, slow increment, lack of industry connections (in 4 reviews)

  • They claim they are creating work-life balance, but it is actually the foreigners who work in our department (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "MR"

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    Current Employee - PhD in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - PhD in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good environment and freedom and friendly

    Cons

    I dont know what is going on here

    Advice to Management

    just apply


  2. "international institute"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * full social benefits
    * innovative, excellent quality of research
    * very helpful colleagues and suggestive professors

    Cons

    * scholarship holders incl. Phd student and postdoc are not covered by many social benefits, but that comes from the nature of Swedish social warfare system.


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    "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends

    Pros

    1) More relaxed/easy-going environment in comparison to other universities.
    2) Good research and funding.
    3) Freedom to innovate and pursue your own leads/ideas.
    4) Good salary for the PhD level
    5) People are friendly and helpful, although you will need to often need to initiate contact with
    others.
    6) You are an employee but at the same time are also classified as a student, so you can use this to obtain discounts on subway fare, electronics, etc.
    7) You get a small annual stipend for health related things (like gym, massage, etc).

    Cons

    1) PhD takes very long (about 5 years).
    2) Part of the PhD taking longer is that you will be required to teach undergraduate students
    and perhaps assist in masters courses. This is not a bad thing, however it can take ALOT of your time (sometimes 1pm-5pm, 2-3 days a week).
    3) On top of teaching, you also have to take your own courses. Some credits can be carried over from Masters, depending on your university and if the courses were up to the standard set at KTH. However, expect to take about 6-8 courses total over the entire degree.
    3) Things can move too slow sometimes. However this is probably dependent on the group
    you are in and your project.
    4) The weather in Sweden can be soul-crushing.


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  5. "Good atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible work time, nice colleagues

    Cons

    slow progress, hard time in winter


  6. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very international, high salary, the office is downtown

    Cons

    The life in Sweden as a foreigner is not that easy.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Researcher in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Researcher in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Scandinavian salaries for PhD, Post-Docs, all employee benefits, contributions to pension, group insurance, travel insurance, 6 weeks of paid holidays, flexi-time, strong support for female candidates

    Cons

    There is tendency to support homegrown talent, so as an expat researchers you have extra challenges if you want to rise higher up in the career ladder. But this is already changing as KTH thrives to find the best researchers in the world to work.


  8. "Fantastic Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Work Culture, people are very helpful,

    Cons

    Expensive, cold weather but summer are very nice

    Advice to Management

    more international meeting


  9. "KTH"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Considerable freedom and safisfactory pay, access to cheap student housing, considerable advantage taking into account the local housing market, and various side benefits (gym).

    Cons

    Very limited support and feedback, working at the interface of two large organizations leaves you the servant of two masters with contradicting agenda.

    Advice to Management

    Improve advisory and feedback. Very limited support and feedback, working at the interface of two large organizations leaves you the servant of two masters with contradicting agenda.


  10. "Doctoral student"

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    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends

    I have been working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to find amazing projects.

    Cons

    Not the university. But housing around here is a big headache.

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities to students to contribute in projects


  11. "Research assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to be after graduation to get insight into what research is conducted at KTH, at least if that's what you are interested in.

    Cons

    None really, depending on what you expect. It's a publically funded research lab so expecting a super cool office would not be realistic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. From my point of view I did not see any flaws at least.


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