CEA Saclay

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CEA Saclay Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    A unique place to build new research projects

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    Current Employee - Engineer - Researcher  in  Saclay (France)
    Current Employee - Engineer - Researcher in Saclay (France)

    I have been working at CEA Saclay full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    One of the best place in France to build new research projects. The interplay between researcher, engineers and technicians in a same place/institute is pretty rare. This leads to very fruitful developments and synergies in new project development taking into account all aspects.

    Every step of research from theoretical motivations, detector design, construction, installation, analysis, publications can be performed at CEA Saclay. A lot of expertise can be found on site, especially in nuclear sciences.

    Cons

    The entrance to get a permanent position is of course very very selective. The best to get one, is to be young, talented (education from the best engineering schools, best universities), and to prove your skills with for instance a PhD or a post-doctorate position on site for 2 to 3 years.

    Since it is a big company, its structure is very hierarchical and decisions might require several levels of agreement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CEA Saclay

    Pros

    They reviews are pretty accurate

    Cons

    nothing else to add, this is just required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see other feedback from others

  3.  

    Slow paced work environment

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

    I have been working at CEA Saclay as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job security.
    Freedom in the projects.
    The time work provides large time for personnal life !

    Cons

    The future is not great at all for this company.
    As a large company its evolution is very too slow.
    The culture is lead by old thinkers...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management definitely need to move on and to change his mind !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning, but few interaction and actual feedback

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good environment, with a lot of experts and resources for new research. Innovative projects are the core of CEA work activities, being very exciting in the beginning.

    Cons

    Low visibility for the research among and within the centers. Very bureaucratic environment. Even being in a small department, researchers seems to be isolated in their own work. Superposition of projects and events affecting schedules and deadlines.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Nice place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of social advatanges. Good balance with the personal life.

    Cons

    Slow salary improvement, Almost no compensation and benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    An excellent research institute, which has yet to recognise its own strength.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Doctoral Researcher In Astrophysics  in  Saclay (France)
    Former Employee - Doctoral Researcher In Astrophysics in Saclay (France)

    I worked at CEA Saclay full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent research environment
    Great networking opportunities with other institutes

    Cons

    It is a French institute, which means that sometimes it does not get the recognition it deserves outside France.
    Resistance to organisational change by the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget your past glory and look to the future and the wider world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good as a step to something better

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at CEA Saclay

    Pros

    "Grand Maison"
    a good institute for your CV

    Cons

    burocracy is killing any reasonable idea

    Recommends
  9.  

    intersting

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Paris (France)

    I have been working at CEA Saclay

    Pros

    CEA is public research center. There are a very large choice of Thematics.
    Challenges are multi disciplinary. The employee are international.

    Cons

    It too big, so no one cares about the other.
    In a same team, people work on different things, so you may feel left to yourself.

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