Inria Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Life changing experience!

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    Current Employee - Summer Research Intern  in  Lyon (France)
    Current Employee - Summer Research Intern in Lyon (France)

    I have been working at Inria as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The stipend and the facilities provided by the lab where the project is carried out. Add to it the working environment :)

    Cons

    Flexibility and the constraints of Convention de Stage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve some flexibility for interns

  2.  

    Excellent level & learning opportunities, moderate salary.

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer  in  Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)

    I have been working at Inria full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to top level engineers and scientists, opportunities to learn, nice atmosphere. In general, it is a nice place to work in, although all this depends on the actual site (several around France) and, above all, the actual team.

    Cons

    The salary is nothing to write home about and, if working as an engineer, promotions make little sense (you usually either stay the same or leave, no in-between).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice experience as a PhD student

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Rennes (France)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Rennes (France)

    I worked at Inria full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ideal environment for PhD students. Good pay. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    - It's impossible to get a permanent research position if you don't befriend the right people. It's more important than the quality of your work.
    - For some reason lots of people there tend to regard the private sector as the devil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop ties with industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best organisation for doing a PhD in France

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at Inria full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic place to be a PhD student. Great work culture, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Depends on who you get as your advisor. Very famous people have less time to supervise you. Lots of holidays

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    PhD in Computer Science

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Grenoble (France)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Grenoble (France)

    I have been working at Inria full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I consider Inria as one of the best place to work on fundamental science, which is quite rare opportunity nowadays:
    - you can easy find a professional in a particular area around you, find him\her, and get a good advice about your problem
    - the environment is flexible (almost no strict schedule)
    - the salary/work balance is good (of course, you can get more in application-oriented positions - but here I talk about fundamental science)
    - secretaries of research groups try always to help you- starting from taxes, accommodation, language problems, finishing with simple advices how to save money or where to get discount for traveling
    -researcher are dedicated to science, especially maths, computer science, formal methods. Good training for your brains for the rest of the life
    - if you are self-motivated - it's the best place for you- you will find how to use all these opportunities and to become a strong researcher

    Cons

    I have got an impression that people hate industry here ))) If you like words like : banking, economy, money, well-paid career, investments, GDP - this place is not for you. People will not understand you and will not appreciate your knowledge about "real-money world". So change your vocabulary to : induction, theorems, proofs, rigorous, optimality, complexity ))) - probably this comment is true about the whole France

    There is also weak cooperation with industry because of that- I believe. So do not expect that you will meet managers of Google in the hall of Inria that will instantly hire you. Industry does not care about what Inria is doing and vice versa. Money goes directly from French government that even during the crisis supports Inria quite well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make cooperation with industry and be more application-oriented- otherwise Inria will stay a place of really smart people who do not bring back a single euro to the country.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent place if you have your own ideas and goal.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Rennes (France)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Rennes (France)

    I have been working at Inria full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Freedom is almost complete
    - Pay is quite good

    Cons

    - poor benefits
    - no clear research direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Wonderful experience as a PhD researcher

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  Lyon (France)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Lyon (France)

    I have been working at Inria full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly people, visibility, chances to meet experts

    Cons

    Salary is not very high. But manageable to survive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great learning experience!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Paris (France)

    I have been working at Inria full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning environment, peers are courteous and supportive. Rich talent pool.

    Cons

    less money, and ample amount of taxes! Cost of living in Paris area is high!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Plenty of freedom and great work culture.

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer  in  Rennes (France)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Rennes (France)

    I have been working at Inria full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly place, nice work culture and plenty of paid vacations (40-45) based on your contract.

    Cons

    Not a place if you don't like research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Really nice

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Rennes (France)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Rennes (France)

    I have been working at Inria full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good conditions, 9 weeks of holidays, full autonomy

    Cons

    working on european project is not always easy if you like doing things that work ...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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