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Updated January 21, 2018
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Pros
  • Very easy to manage work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Well equipped working environment (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • When research group has problems, a doctoral student doesn't get help anywhere (in 3 reviews)

  • Low salary, not permanent positions, lack of funds is always awailable (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Mathematics researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment, lots of competent people, good financing for research. Nice country. Would recommend for talented people looking to do a PhD.

    Cons

    No cons really, not much to say.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people from north America.


  2. "Recommendable"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student
    Former Employee - Graduate Student

    I worked at University of Helsinki (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly stimulating international environment. Great equipement and fundings.

    Cons

    Generally there is too much bureaucracy to go through.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best universities in the Nordic region"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Helsinki, Western Finland (Finland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Helsinki, Western Finland (Finland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Helsinki full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's an open, international, research-oriented university with very good reputation. People here are friendly and willing to help, most things are well organized. In general, professors are very patient.

    Cons

    PhD position usually does not guarantee your funding (depends on your faculty and your research topic). Living cost in Helsinki is pretty high.

    Advice to Management

    Focus too much on cost reduction, some supporting units (IT, administration) are not functioning well due to lack of personnel.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A good career start for junior physics researchers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Doctoral Research Assistant in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Current Employee - Doctoral Research Assistant in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vibrant and challenging job within an international environment and self-paced research activities.

    Cons

    It's a bit hard to make friends with local colleagues. Social interaction is kept to a minimum, sometimes this produces a lack of critical communication and affects work activities.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Helsinki part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice workmates, nice environment, long Teaching is good.

    Cons

    Low salary, not permanent positions, lack of funds is always awailable.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the working staff, get more staff to the administration, get more laboratory staff, the researchers do not have to make the solutions.


  6. "Great possibilities ruined by poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Helsinki full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and interesting business assignments on many areas.

    Cons

    The company HR policy and management is below standard.

    Advice to Management

    This company has everything it needs to success, but the first thing to do is to get rid of the current CEO.


  7. "Mr"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Helsinki, Western Finland (Finland)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Helsinki, Western Finland (Finland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Helsinki part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic and diversed team mates striving for excellence

    Cons

    Constant pressure to deliver stated task

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility of work

  8. "Excellent and inspiring place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Inspiring environment
    - Friendly colleagues
    - Good salary

    Cons

    Can't really come up with any cons.


  9. "Great place tow work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Helsinki part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The working environment is too good here with all supportive co-workers.

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any yet.

    Advice to Management

    i would like to see more integration with the international students.

    University of Helsinki Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – HR coordinator

    Hello!
    Thank you for your feedback, it's great to hear you are happy with us!
    Please, if you have any ideas concerning integration with international students, we would like to hear them.


  10. "research group leader at Helsinki University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Helsinki full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    probably the best environment in Finland for doing academic biomedical research. Lots of freedom to do your own research if you are able to secure external funding and good research infrastructure.

    Cons

    cost of living higher than elsewhere in Finland (especially accommodation)

    Advice to Management

    let plurality thrive, both smaller and larger research groups are needed to create a vibrant research atmosphere


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