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Leiden University Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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  1. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Leiden University as a contractor

    Pros

    Job flexibility, Good benefits, supportive working environment

    Cons

    lack of job security, very limited long-term job prospects


  2. "Science at Leiden Institute of Physics"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leiden (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Leiden University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom of research, international environment

    Cons

    I do not see any disadvantages, for people who really want to do science.

  3. "description"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leiden University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    it all depends on the department you work in, and the manager you have. in general a good employer, providing average dutch university conditions- with regard to salary, benefits. flexible working hours. support for prefessional development

    Cons

    difficult to get permanent contract, tenure conditions unclear. the secondary condiitons are somewhat worth than in some other dutch universities.

    Advice to Management

    make tenure conditions clear, provide a 50, 50 contract for tenure trackers. offer tenure track posiitons to young academics instead of short term contracts


  4. "teacher assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I had a flexible schedule and a nice communication with my boss. It was a well paid job and I have learned a lot out of it.

    Cons

    The project was fixed and short so it lasted only one month. I had guidelines only the last minute that gave me a bit of stress, but nothing so important.


  5. "Good university with illustrious past at the crossroads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leiden University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    History (non-zero statistical chance of winning a Nobel prize here! ;)
    Well-connected in national research networks, both geographically (between TUDelft, UvAmsterdam and UUtrecht) and organizationally (research schools with neighbors, joint research institutes, facility sharing)
    Good academic atmosphere

    Cons

    Research funding for exact sciences is dwindling. This is a national problem, but Leiden loses the most, gone from the hotspot of physics through the whole 20th century to a "law and other soft-sciences" designated establishment.
    As national science funding is decreasing, more and more administrative and maintenance burden is transferred to the (already overloaded) academic staff.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure personnel feels that teaching and research are the primary activities at the university.
    Recover and maintain the status of Leiden University as one of the pillars of European exact sciences.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Review Leiden University - Faculty of Science"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoraal Onderzoeker in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoraal Onderzoeker in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Leiden University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Career perspectives & development not optimal


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great university for teaching and research"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at Leiden University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Leiden University is one of the top universities in the Netherlands. Working here gives access to the resources and networks of a world-class research institute, where many scholars are at the top of their fields. Students are motivated to learn and be challenged.

    Cons

    There has been increasing bureaucratization of teaching tasks with an expansion of red tape. Non-Dutch speakers may experience some alienation from some core activities and from representation in the administration.

    Advice to Management

    Although management does much to increase the Dutch language skills of non-Dutch faculty, language acquisition is a long-term process. As an internationally well-known university that would like to retain and promote its international faculty, more can be done to integrate them with decision-making at the departmental and faculty levels. Unrelatedly, there could be greater transparency for tenure and promotion procedures.

  8. "LEAPS Student"

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    Former Apprentice - Anonymous Apprentice
    Former Apprentice - Anonymous Apprentice
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great research environment with loads of seminars covering a wide variety of topics you may be interested in. Good cross-pollination between research in different areas. Beautiful town that still has a lot of events and a vibrant nightlife.

    Cons

    The University is a little ways away from the town and the housing options available nearby are only attractive for a short stay

    Advice to Management

    Management is relaxed, but may lead to sliding deadlines; Varies from group to group however


  9. "I studied at Leiden University for four years."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    There are good teachers and good education, and a global approach to education, with a lot of international students and teachers.

    Cons

    there are some organisational difficulties. As a student you sometimes don't get the information you need of it isn't clear enough.

    Advice to Management

    share information better and faster.


  10. "Wonderful and satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    talented people are all around, good communication

    Cons

    a little bit boring outside work

    Advice to Management

    should take more good care of international people


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