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Updated April 6, 2018
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VTT President & CEO Erkki KM Leppävuori
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great potential lost"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VTT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have the will and the skill, you can often influence what you work on and how you work on something within a project.
    Good support for travelling to conferences to present your work and meet and discuss with international peers.
    Some good people still remain, if you can find them.

    Cons

    Pay has stagnated for last 10 years or so. Personal pay has nothing to do with your skills or contributions. Idle a project doing nothing, or do world-class research and results, no-one cares. New hires have been frozen for years, so no new blood, no new energy, no fresh ideas to stir it up with some rebel feeling. Old geezers clubs keep each other hired regardless of research skill over any layoffs. A good researcher in a core subject is not valued whatsoever. You have to be acquiring funding to be something. Over the years, most capable people have left and what remains is mostly those who know they are better of staying and biding it till retirement.

    Still, the potential is great, and it was actually great a few years back. Hope it will get there someday still.

    Advice to Management

    Freshen the management, fire the old friends club who do not contribute, start rewarding people for good work, take responsibility for more than just everyone having some project number for hours. It's always in the words, never in the real action.


  2. "Business through technology"

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

    I have been working at VTT full-time

    Pros

    A very professional company, very good level of expertise and facilities. Long-term contracts or permanent contracts typical.

    Cons

    A large company with typical problems with internal communications. Not a strong feedback culture. Orientation of new employees can vary in quality.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on internal communication would be advisable. Active management of workload almost non-existent for senior scientists and management.

  3. "Good Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VTT full-time

    Pros

    Good research expertise in the field

    Cons

    Haven't experienced any cons yet


  4. "Possibilities for organizational renewal"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Espoo (Finland)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Espoo (Finland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VTT (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great place to do applied research
    -Very multi-disciplinary, good know how in many technical fields
    -New CEO seems very promising and could help in renewing VTT

    Cons

    -Communication is sometimes poor and strategic direction is missing
    -Too many fragmented and isolated projects
    -Lack of leadership
    -At the moment government funding for R&D is being reduced which makes it challenging to find project funding

    Advice to Management

    -Appreciate your people
    -Work on company culture and leaderhip skills of your managers
    -Find a clear strategy with your employees and take determined steps in implementing it


  5. "Research scientist"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Research Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VTT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers! Excellent and professional coworkers, who were always open and supportive to others. Many have PhD degree and/or long experience in their fields. Loved the solidarity.

    Cons

    Strategy is lost. Are you a reserch institute, a subsitute to university or a collaborative institute linking industry to research world?
    Management style fromstone age: day by day more regulations, less and less freedom to even think.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect the law


  6. "Management, please learn some lessons"

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    Former Employee - Principal Investigator
    Former Employee - Principal Investigator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people... usually, communication within the organisation, collaboration & sharing ideas with other employees (but only on roughly the same level) was very good.

    The place also used to be a very international playing ground, although this has gradually declined over the years, and in my last year (2014), there was very little of it left.... with a poor outlook in future, I hink.

    Communication with other researchers OUTSIDE the organization was also usually very good, and there were many opportunities to participate or even coordinate in International networking projects, such as many EU projects with partners from the rest of Europe. With declining funds available, these options, however, have gradually disappeared.

    Also communication with national research groups in academia was usually quite okay, these rank as the best of my experiences while at VTT.

    Cons

    It was generally difficult to define a clear line between contract research and academic research within the organisation ... you can do either one or the other.

    However, if you want an academic career, VTT is not a good place, in particular after the revisions done in 2015 to the structure (now a non-profit company or OY; whatever that means in practice remains to be seen). Now, this is hardly the place to conduct research that leads to higher impact publications; if this is your goal... go elsewhere.

    Research portfolio has been re-arranged several times during my time, and often changed on short or literally, no notice at all. The reasons for such decisions were also usually not communicated in any way.

    By far the worst experience, therefore, relates to the management. It lacks any clear line of development, consistency; shows poor long-term vision, and was constantly shifting focus ... projects were constantly tossed around or terminated prematurely for reasons that often remained obscure.

    Communication between management and employees was the worst I have ever experienced in any organization. There was simply no interest, it seemed, to properly communicate with those "below" within the line management, and no emails nor phone calls were answered. This also shows a strong degree of disrespect to employees.

    Most importantly, for the economic welfare of the organization: Important decisions were simply not made or not communicated timely - when it would have been strategically smart to react quickly.

    It remained often unclear what exactly was the case or what may have been the reasons behinds such non-decisions ??? Simple procrastination, indecision, lack of interest ? It will remain a mystery to me.

    Advice to Management

    just communicate ! The notorious lack of communication has, in my direct experience, led to missing several good opportunities for partnering & developing a higher visibility with foreign (not Finnish) companies, or even the formation of "strategic alliances" which could be longer lasting sources of income than the usual small, short-term project of which there were so many at VTT. This is a pity, since Finnish economy in this field so strongly depends on entering the European market. Even more so, as VTT is barely known outside Finland.

    The management has to work on this issue if they want to survive in a tough market, in particular when the reason to exist for large-scale, government-owned research organisations (with an immense bureaucratic burden) becomes increasingly questionable.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Research Trainee in Espoo (Finland)
    Current Employee - Research Trainee in Espoo (Finland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at VTT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work for

    Cons

    slow growth and lots of bureaucracy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "OK for research"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Espoo (Finland)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Espoo (Finland)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    extremely flexible working hours, 6 weeks of vacation

    Cons

    academic research is not appreciated


  9. Helpful (2)

    "One of the worst employers ever"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good colleagues. Excellent team spirit.

    Cons

    Top management does nothing else nut consume basic funding amd increase bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Espoo (Finland)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Espoo (Finland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Research resource available for work is probably second to known in Nordic nations. Equipments are often free to use internally if you know how to operate - garage scientists' heaven.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard to work when you are in the position, no access to lobby line managers for funding. All work is project based, no project, no money to run your work but difficult to get project proposal approved? you would be stuck in the dark...

    Advice to Management

    We are losing approval from Finnish people!


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