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University of Helsinki Reviews

Updated January 8, 2019
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Pros
  • "Well equipped working environment" (in 9 reviews)

  • "flexible working hours and even from home" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low salary, not permanent positions, lack of funds is always awailable" (in 3 reviews)

  • "When research group has problems, a doctoral student doesn't get help anywhere" (in 3 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. "Great position for a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Helsinki full-time

    Pros

    Everything is nice, people great

    Cons

    A bit boring, cold weather

  3. Helpful (1)

    "research assistant at faculty of social science"

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

    I worked at University of Helsinki part-time

    Pros

    unver prof. Heikki Hilamo, he was very easy to work and gave precise instructions.
    Tasks based relationship and gave worker freedom to choose how to complete these tasks.

    Cons

    overall very positive experience.


  4. "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Helsinki full-time

    Pros

    Not much stress as compared to private sector.

    Cons

    Career development chances close to zero.


  5. "Good people but tight budgets"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice workmates and beautiful surroundings.

    Cons

    Management has some issues and budgets are tight.


  6. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Helsinki full-time

    Pros

    I got a lot of support from my supervisors and the team spirit was good.

    Cons

    Resources for doing research should be better.


  7. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Helsinki full-time

    Pros

    Good people and core facilities, reasonable medical benefits and vacation

    Cons

    Salary could be more competitive

  8. "A good place to work as a researcher!"

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    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A world-class university in Finland!

    Cons

    Some units of the university need more internationalization.


  9. "researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible timetable
    international environment
    nice colleagues
    that's all

    Cons

    fixed salaries
    no bonus for working hard
    bad location
    bad cafeteria


  10. "A good university"

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    Current Employee - Doctoral Student
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student

    I have been working at University of Helsinki full-time

    Pros

    Good facilities and equipment. Science is good, in some areas very good. Fairly helpful staff. Decent benefits. A good work-life balance is encouraged.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to obtain funding.
    Salary in postdoctoral positions is low and contracts usually short-termed, which means many of the brightest students leave academia after their PhD.
    Quality of teaching could be higher.
    Doctoral studies can take very long.
    Some campuses (Viikki) are in the middle of nowhere, going back to individual's.

    Advice to Management

    Promote higher standards in teaching. Do more to ensure that doctoral students can graduate faster. Offer better conditions (more pay, longer contracts) for postdocs.