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Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
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    Choose very carefully the group leader/team you want to work with

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I worked at EMBL as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are high (so hard work and strong commitment are expeceted).
    An amazing place to work with scientists from all over the world, making EMBL an amazing multi-culti place to work
    English as a working language
    Your work experience is usually valued outside EMBL and most of the time helps you to move your next position
    Lots of social events
    Overall very friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Despite available training limited career opportunities as Lab technician are possible (as lab technician you join, as lab technician you leave)
    Fixed term contracts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unacceptable and unprofessional behaviors of some group leaders in their way of managing staff occur too often.
    A strong team management training for group leaders (specially the ones without previous people management experience) should be compulsory and a close monitoring should be done by heads of Units and HR

    Recommends
  2.  

    Not bad for doing a PhD

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

    I have been working at EMBL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Resounding name (at least in Europe).
    Nicely paid (at least as a PhD).
    Nice training opportunities (core course in Heidelberg, informatics in Hinxton, soft-skill courses).
    Thesis committee overlooking your PhD, and step in if you got troubles with your supervisor.

    Cons

    Group leaders are young, being boss for the first time, so they can be quite bad in management.
    Grenoble outstation feels a bit isolated. Opportunities are not as much as in Heidelberg.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Terrible management - ebi Hinxton

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at EMBL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good remuneration for academia, generous healthcare although it is compulsorily deducted from salary regardless of whether you need it

    Cons

    Fixed nine years of employment some truly awful managers who paradoxically are the only ones to escape the nine year cutoff, no vision just the same old people doing the same old thing year in year out .. The senior management have all been there for years and have little incentive to change. Embl politics affect ebi's latitude though but the entire organisation seems stuck in the 1990's. No career development for non scientists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply the nine year rule to yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for a PhD student to increase your academic skills

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at EMBL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Broad range of research topics. Expertise for many fields available. Well connected to other research institutes/universities. Predoc course at the beginning give opportunity to meet all PhD students from your year from all outstations, which gives a great academic network.

    Cons

    They aim big, so many students leave without a single publication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving publication record of students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Revelation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at EMBL

    Pros

    International, Competitive, excellent funding, great personal and professional support

    Cons

    Quota for EU citizens reduces non EU diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to increase quota of EMBL funded students per group

    Recommends
  7.  

    Viele Möglichkeiten. Arbeit mit wirklich klugen Menschen. Lot of possibilities, working with really smart people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I have been working at EMBL full-time (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Man kann mit den führenden Wissenschaftlern auf der Welt netzwerken. Die Finanzierung ist sehr großzügig, daher kann man an vielen Workshops und Konferenzen teilnehmen. Die Atmosphäre ist sehr international und die Leute dort sind allgemein klug.

    You can network with the leading scientists in the world. The funding is very generous, so you can attend a lot of workshops and conferences. The atmosphere is very international and the people there are generally smart.

    Cons

    Der Vorgesetzte entscheidet, was man machen kann. Die Arbeitszeiten sind für einen Wissenschaftler verrückt.

    Your supervisor decides what can you do. The working hours are crazy as a scientist.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Super Ort für die Forschung Beautiful place for research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I have been working at EMBL as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    - Viel Ressourcen, auf die man leicht Zugriff hat

    - Vielfalt von Forschungsthemen

    - Super Unterstützung bezüglich des Verhältnisses von Arbeit und Freizeit

    - Large resources easily accessible
    - Diversity of research topics
    - Significant support for life/work balance

    Cons

    - Qualität und Ergebnisse der Beschäftigungsdauer sind zu stark von "N+1" abhängig

    - Nur begrenzte Karrierechancen für Wissenschaftler

    - Schlechte Integration in die örtliche Forschergemeinschaft

    - Quality and outcome of employment period overly dependent on "N+1"
    - Limited career development for researchers
    - Poor integration in local research community

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team Leader und Personalmanager sollten stärker überprüft werden. Arbeitskultur für die Biologen sollte modernisiert werden.

    Increase scrutiny of the principal investigators' performance as team leaders and personnel managers. Think forward about modernising the work culture of biology researchers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Tolle Erfahrung, ich empfehle das Peer-Borks-Labor höchstens für gute Wissenschaft Great experience, highly recommend Peer Borks lab for good science.

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    Former Employee - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I worked at EMBL full-time (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Starke Wissenschaft, positive Atmosphäre, gute Vergütung. Es ist wahrscheinlich je nach Gruppe unterschiedlich, aber ich hatte eine sehr gute Erfahrung mit Peer Bork im strukturellen Computerwesen.

    Strong science, positive atmosphere, good renumeration. It probably varies between groups, but I had a very good experience from Peer Bork in structural computing.

    Cons

    Ein bisschen isoliert im Heidelberg-Wald, und manche Gruppenleiter können ihr Personal und ihre Studenten zu sehr fordern

    A bit isolated in the Heidelberg forest, and some group leaders may push their staff and students excessively hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    schlecht bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMBL full-time

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Furchtbare Erfahrungen in der Abteilung für Entwicklungsbiologie. Es waren die schlimmsten Jahre meines ganzen Lebens. Arrogante Gruppenleiter mit unzureichenden wissenschaftlichen Fähigkeiten und zu viel Politik involviert.

    Terrible experience in developmental biology unit. It was worst years of my entire life. arrogant group leaders with low scientific abilities and too much politics involved.

    Cons

    Es gibt gute Labore, aber nur wenige. Davon abgesehen ist embl ein sehr dynamisches Umfeld.

    there are good labs but very few. other than that, embl is very dynamic area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMBL full-time

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Sehr gute Atmosphäre unter den Studenten, viele Clubs, wo man ein paar Jahre Spaß haben kann.

    Sehr gute Krankenversicherung, die die meisten Rechnungen zahlt. Heidelberg ist eine schöne Stadt.

    really nice atmosphere among students, lots of clubs to have fun for a couple of years.
    very good health insurance that pays most of the bills. heidelberg is beautiful town.

    Cons

    Es ist nicht leicht, sich in Heidelberg in die deutsche Gesellschaft zu integrieren, wenn man kein Deutsch kann. Embl ist wie eine Blase. Allerdings keine Stadt mit Kultur.

    it is not easy to integrate into heidelberg german society without knowing german. embl is like a bubble. not a cultural city thoguh.
    I belive that main requirement to hire PIs at EMBL is how extravert they are and good in presentation skills. but because of lack of experience and training they get here, most end up in lower levels of scienctific community in their further career. there are no money shortage in most groups thus no pressure on the group leaders and only on PhD and postocs.

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