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Universität Zürich Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Hervorragende Work Life Balance, sehr flexible Arbeitszeiten, auch Remote Work m (in 7 reviews)

  • Renomated university in the world and good salary conditions compared to any other PhD position in the world (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Der Gehalt als Post-Doc Wissenschaftler im Vergleich mit (in 5 reviews)

  • no career advancement, low salary (not paid 100% for work of at least 120%) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc at ETH"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    For a postdoc the pay is quite good. It's an international atmosphere and many of the labs are top notch. There is money and the equipment is usually well-maintained.

    Cons

    If you don't know German you will feel isolated in the community. Labs tend to be a bit isolated and there doesn't seem to be too much interaction between labs even within the same building.

    Advice to Management

    Of course each professor has a different style so it will entirely depend on which lab you join as to how you evaluate your experience. In our department I felt the senior management had difficulty dealing with conflict and with communicating changes that were going to be made. They especially had a hard time hiring new professors.


  2. "Good university, but research experience depends on the group"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Universität Zürich part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good facilities
    great research exchange (lots of visiting professors, seminars, courses)
    good infrastructure

    Cons

    - depending on the institute/group leader only limited possibilities for the personal/career development
    - high work load and no compensation for overwork hours

    Advice to Management

    depending on the laboratory head


  3. "PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible and international environment

    Cons

    It is like working on an island, because the environment is not veeery well incorporated to the Swiss culture.


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  5. "Fantastic place to do a PhD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, academic and support staff. Plenty of opportunities to travel to conferences and schools. Excellent wages compared to most of Europe.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.


  6. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universität Zürich (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of research freedom, many resources, low teaching load, good salary.

    Cons

    pressure to publish a lot


  7. "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universität Zürich full-time

    Pros

    Renomated university in the world and good salary conditions compared to any other PhD position in the world. Good possibilities of obtaining grants

    Cons

    Hard working and difficult to handle the Swiss society, that emarginates strangers. Better to hang around with international people.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend to try to understand as soon as possible if your supervisor is a balanced person (he is considered in Switzerland your "scientific father" and he will decide everything whatever your scientific output).


  8. "Postdoctoral fellowship Neuroscience"

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in project management and time management, good salary

    Cons

    Not great project management by professors, almost impossible to have a career start as postdoc


  9. "Postdoc researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    - flexible working hours
    - good collaboration with other labs

    Cons

    - no career advancement
    - very low salary for the work done


  10. "student"

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

    I have been working at Universität Zürich full-time

    Pros

    welcoming environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    far away from me, busy location

    Advice to Management

    wow


  11. "PhD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universität Zürich full-time

    Pros

    Research possibility, infrastructure, well funded

    Cons

    Difficult to communicate because of German


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