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Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher Assistent"

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    Former Employee - Seminar Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Seminar Teacher in San Francisco, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Oslo (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, good pay, adds to your experience early on

    Cons

    Have to be there at certain times, so not very flexible


  2. "Contracts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Oslo full-time

    Pros

    Independence and good management experience, extra funding options

    Cons

    Short term contracts and lack of clarity of the university system

  3. "Sr Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oslo (Norway)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oslo (Norway)
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Oslo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open, friendly environment with a great location.

    Cons

    Project management was not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication skills with teams.


  4. "UiO"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Oslo (Norway)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Oslo (Norway)
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment, pay not bad, hours fine!

    Cons

    Very little scientific discussion, most treat as a 9-5.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage scientific integration


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good if you like to work independently"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Oslo (Norway)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Oslo (Norway)
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Oslo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are really left to research whatever interests you and are encouraged to do so. This can be very rewarding if you are confident enough to pursue your own ideas.

    Cons

    Not suitable for everyone. If you can't come up with your own research ideas then your supervisor will probably not intervene, leaving you at a loss of what to do. This can be particularly problematic for students who struggle with confidence as they may not think their ideas are worthy.

    Advice to Management

    I think that supervisors should be a little more flexible in their approach with their student. After all, as everyone comes with a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Currently, i feel there is a tendency to try too hard to treat everyone the same, an approach which (In my opinion) eschews efficiency for "fairness".


  6. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lovely friendly people. Dedicated researchers. Great work life balance and Oslo is the right sized city.

    Cons

    Not a Con, but it helps to learn and respect the local Language Norwegian.


  7. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary, supermarket in the campus, easy location

    Cons

    An university in a sleepy mood all year long. A cracking rich country with very few universities has a university with no ambition, no community and average objectives. With home office routine philosophy, staff prefer to work alone at home and leave university empty. People come to work at 12h and in a very slow pace. The egalitarian mentality makes people not go anywhere because everything is already fine. If you want a slow-relaxed experience and average diploma, that´s the university for you. Outdated buildings and computers.

  8. "Working environment"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Oslo (Norway)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Oslo (Norway)
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible time, international environment, friendly co-worker, the manager care about your further development

    Cons

    Difficult to get a permanent position


  9. "Good place for doctoral studies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at University of Oslo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1- Great working environment.
    2 - Friendly people in general.
    3 - Provides lots of benefits (similar for most employers in Norway).
    4 - Fairly good opportunity to learn and build up an academic career

    Cons

    1 - All pitfalls of doing a PhD hold true.
    2 - Need for stringent verification of supervisor's background. Because, whistleblowing mechanisms, although better than many places in the world, are not strong enough for ensuring the security of the research scholar.
    3 - Very easy for complacency to set in.


  10. "Phd Position at University of Oslo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Phd students get social benefits like pension fund, unemployment etc. Phd is counted towards job experience and permanent residence etc.

    Cons

    The quality of research is not on par with the premier institutes in Europe or the world. Cost of living is high.


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