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Universität Zürich Zürich Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Pros
  • welcoming environment, good work life balance (in 7 reviews)

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


  2. "Ph.D."

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depends highly on the lab so chose well. Some people had a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    I had a bad experience, neglect, poor management, low skills, no support. Horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your students.


  3. "Overall good environment"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Overall good environment for PhD Students

    Cons

    German is the official language.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Researcher on a project"

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    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universität Zürich as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are high, great opportunities to get additional qualifications and degrees through Alumni, scientific collaborative spirit.

    Cons

    Social benefit depend on your status in Switzerland, your time as not a cantonal employee is limited to 6 years.

    Advice to Management

    Have specific tracks for job transfers and liaising to non-academic employers.


  8. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great environment to work. An organised educational system that also allows you to interact with various departments.

    Cons

    Person who does not speak German can find it difficult.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience and wonderful people"

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    Former Employee - Doktorand in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Doktorand in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universität Zürich full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is one of the most positive of any university I have been to. The emphasis on work and life is very well balanced, and people are genuinely happy to be part of this organization. The campus is beautiful and the amenities and perks are also wonderful. There is an active desire within the administration to improve, giving a progressive feeling that can be absent in large universities.

    Cons

    As is fairly typical with universities, there is a fair amount of beaurocratic red tape to go through to get things done. This can be distressing at times -- especially when nobody seems to know what to do -- but compared to other universities I have been at, things run pretty smoothly.


  10. "PhD research at University Hospital Zurich"

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    Current Employee - Doktorant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Doktorant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not an easy job, many responsibilities which can sometimes be very stressful. But very interesting people and job.

    Cons

    Not the best salary, it could be better. The contract is 50% but you have to work as 100% or even more. Expect you to stay over weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Give more freedom to PhD students and less stress.


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