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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Maybe too far away from other university (in 3 reviews)

  • Soms gaat 'het'over te veel schijven ;-( (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Zernike Institute. Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Fast-growing dynamic envinronment. Wonderful city.

    Cons

    Cafeteria facilities can be improved


  2. "The University is a centre of outstanding research."

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The different research groups perform high quality science and there are a lot of possibilities for collaborations.

    Cons

    Due to its location in Groningen the University is a bit isolated in regard to traveling. The nearest main airport is 3 hours away.

  3. "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate

    I have been working at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The city itself is quite nice to live. Cycling is enough to go to almost all places in the city. The HR and administrations are friendly for non-dutch speaking personnel.

    Cons

    The city is a bit far away. It's a bit annoying when you have to travel very long hours to go to conferences for example.


  4. "Phd Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very international university
    good facilities for research
    good environtment for research and studying

    Cons

    the city is in the northest, far from anywhere.


  5. "Good research university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A very good research university.

    Cons

    The location at the edge of the Netherlands has some disadvantages.


  6. "Good university to work in"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Zernike campus offers a nice and quite place to do science here.

    Cons

    Maybe too far away from other university.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "good employer, but with discrimination of the foreigners"

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    Former Employee - Phd and Postdoctoral in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Phd and Postdoctoral in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - very good opportunity to do science (if you work in a good research group) and grow personally
    - many opportunities for PhDs and postdocs to travel for international conferences
    - supervisors (the ones I had) were supportive scientifically and communication was rather straightforward and clear
    - good salary, if you are not bursary PhD

    Cons

    - the university administration staff often considers foreigners (more) stupid
    - PhD "hired" as bursaries had many issues with tax office for not paying the social benefit taxes, that the university was not paying for them. The situation was very unclear legally, but there was a threat that bursaries would have to pay up to 40k euros (out of 80k) back to the tax office, if they stayed in NL after their PhD. The university instead of support, tried to threaten the students and force them to leave the country
    - there are many groups were PhD students are forced by their supervisors to work for free after their contract finished in order to obtain their PhD (in extreme cases even longer than 1 year)

    Advice to Management

    - better communicate in English
    - more support for finding jobs inside and outside academia needed

  8. "For a PhD student, it is the place to be"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time

    Pros

    Very international and alive university. They really have a high standard in education and facilities for PhD students. The salary is very competitive for a PhD student if you can join the 30% tax rule (only for foreigners).

    Cons

    Most of the time, people needs more than four years for finishing their PhD. However, only four years of salary are granted. After your PhD, you have to look for your way outside of Groningen (I do not see it inconvenient but some people do).

    Advice to Management

    Well organized faculty. They speak very good English and they are use to deal with foreign students and employees. I do not have any further comments here.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "PhD candidate, Researcher in training (AiO)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen full-time

    Pros

    Facilities, benefits (only in the case of AiO PhD students, not bursary students), training budget, available courses

    Cons

    No many career opportunities at the Univeristy of Groningen or generally in the Groningen area after finishing your PhD, in some institutes the avarege time between start of the PhD contract and the PhD defense is more around 6 years than expected 4 years


  10. "PhD candidate"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Freedom, very good salary for a PhD student, ability to conduct a pioneering research, very good work and life balance

    Cons

    Groningen is a bit isolated from the rest of the world as it has no airport and it takes more than two hours to get to Amsterdam Schiphol.


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