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Vrije Universiteit Brussel Reviews

Updated 7 May 2019

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel CEO  Caroline Pauwels
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Pros
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  • "very friendly environment, good work-life balance, great colleagues, dedicated employees(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Het is een grote instelling, en soms kan het moeilijk zijn om met de geschikte dienst in contact te komen(in 3 reviews)

  • "Moeilijk bereikbaar, weinig progressief(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "I loved working at VUB"

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      Former Employee - Technology Transfer Officer 

      I worked at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      - nice working environment with great colleagues - beautiful campus

      Cons

      - long commute times - the university should invest more in databases and IT. Everyone is doing the best they can, but you can only work with what you have

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2019-05-07
    • "postdoctoral researcher"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels

      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      35 days vacation, ecocheques, flexible working

      Cons

      lack of organization, internal politics

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2019-04-18
    • "good working environment"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time

      Pros

      Living in Brussels is a plus. Very dynamic and international city.

      Cons

      Lack of opportunities to pursue an academic career inside the same institution.

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2019-03-17
    • "great"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time

      Pros

      flexible hours, good atmosphere, open to opportunities

      Cons

      high pressure, does not follow business hours

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2019-01-22
    • "postdoc work at university"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Brussels
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
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      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Awsm PI to work with Flexible working hours

      Cons

      collaboration difficult to make not much communication within easy to feel left out

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2018-11-28
    • "Good work-life balance"

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      Current Employee - PhD Student in Brussels
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      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      - Good work-life balance - Lots of paid holiday (35 days/year) - Relatively good pay for PhD student - Good food at the restaurant - Interesting city

      Cons

      - Have to know French for life in Brussels (English is enough inside the campus) - No bonuses - Not so modern facilities - Slow administration

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2018-10-09
    • "Great Place to Thrive"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Brussels
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      Positive Outlook
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      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      - The slogan of the university is sufficient: "Thinking must never submit itself!" - Amazing Campus - Great People - Great Food

      Cons

      - Not really. I can't seem to think of anything negative

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2018-08-24
    • "Friendly environment"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      - Friendly research environment - Good salary for PhD student (can have a quite descent life if you are single) - Good work/life balance - 35 paid holidays per year

      Cons

      - Administration is slow, both inside and outside the university - Not a lot of industrial involvement during PhD program - English is fine inside the university but you need to know french for life (especially if you have family)

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2018-08-15
    • "PhD candidate in particle physics at Vrije Universiteit Brussels"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels
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      Neutral Outlook
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      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      open minded colleagues from all over the world

      Cons

      The buildings are quite old

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2018-07-23
    • "Positive"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel full-time

      Pros

      A lot of freedom, as is usual with a phd.

      Cons

      Lack of guidance, depends on research group though.

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel2018-03-01
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