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European Bioinformatics Institute Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    As good as academia gets

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom
    Opportunities to travel
    Great people
    Cross discipline interaction
    Leaving package
    Super facilities (gym, nursery, free bus to work...)

    Cons

    Freedom
    Management
    No carrier progression
    Every project reinvent the wheel
    Too much politics at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a personal growth program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    May be not the best for specialists in software development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientific Software Developer in Hinxton, England (UK)

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits.
    Very relaxed environment, contracts are very safe and nobody feels stressed and competitive (in a negative way).
    The campus is really beautiful, with a gym and relaxing areas.

    Cons

    The contracts are so safe that nobody feels competitive in a positive way either.
    Senior software developers probably won't learn anything. Requires better software development methodologies.
    The campus is away from Cambridge. If not using a car or the company bus, getting into Cambridge takes like an hour and a half.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please set more collaborations between groups, there is a lot of redundant work being done.
    Using agile software methodologies would also be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    An outstanding center of excellence and a fantastic place of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A international respected bio-science resource with a great ethos of work and collaboration. An opportunity to work with scientists and IT specialists from around the world with great senior leadership and vision. I strongly recommend the EBI as a place to work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to progress up the scale of seniority, you share the work with people of great talent from around the world. There is a limit of 9 years absolute maximum placement, and quite often contracts are only 2-3 years with some possibility of extension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some scope for improved assessment of middle management skills and values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pay is good, campus is lovely but support or communication from senior management could be drastically improved.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time

    Pros

    People are working for the common good. Campus is lovely and some nice walks around it. The current Director is one of the best people I've worked for.

    Cons

    Senior management underneath the Director are the main issue. Lack of communication downwards and people are promoted to management when they aren't managers but great scientists. Lack of career progression, it's a great place to be if you don't wish to further your career but want good pay and conditions but are happy to sit out your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve staff in changes. Discuss how it will affect their current role. By involving staff in the evolution of an institute means they feel part of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Senior Software Developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Good facilities, with a wonderful campus grounds. Decent salary.

    Cons

    Requires better software methodology approaches, and enforcement. Flat hierarchies have their cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits but stagnant environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in Hinxton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in Hinxton, England (UK)

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High pay and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure, very difficult career progression within the 9 years rule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great institute for performing your PhD research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Doing your PhD at EMBL and more specific at the EBI is a great opportunity to do basic research with loads of freedom while being payed a decent amount. Especially in the last year EMBL is trying hard to get students on a similar social benefits track as their normal staff which is great. Another big advantage is that EMBL is granting you application to Cambridge Universition and is paying all costs involved.

    Cons

    Downside might be that the research facilities are outside Cambridge. Travelling from/to campus can be done by free shuttles but only at office hours leading to a 9~5 attitude on campus that might not fit with PhD students expectations of "freedom".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some groups are very isolated on our campus as their research doesn't match with any other groups

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Well pay, very good benefit, beautiful campus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well pay, very good benefit, beautiful campus, free shuttle bus. Close to Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Good for academic career.

    Cons

    Usually need to leave after working for 9 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Research Fellow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best in the world!

    Cons

    9 years bar! Monotonous in few areas of work..

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time

    Pros

    The campus is a great place to work, with a very good work life balance. The science is world-class but there are gym and sport facilities on campus

    Cons

    The campus is thirty minutes away from Cambridge which can make it feel a bit isolated.

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