Freie Universität Berlin

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Freie Universität Berlin Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent working environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere
    Competitive salary
    Good colleagues
    Close contact to senior people

    Cons

    Sometimes unsual working times.
    Working experience depends on the area one is working in

    Recommends
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    International PhD. student

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at Freie Universität Berlin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Green campus, very affluent in grants

    Cons

    Not English friendly. Unless you speak German you'll have a very hard time.
    You'll have to adjust to a different mentality and unfortunately there's no tolerance whatsoever.
    There is very little discussion going on between the professors and their students.
    Everyone shrugs responsibility in fear of being blamed, so there's a very toxic office culture.
    I was working in the Physics department so it might be different for other departments. Unless you continue to work in Germany- there's a very limited horizon for your academic career.

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

    Working at FU as a RA

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is decent and work environment & infrastructure is overall positive. At the same time, the demands on time for me were not too high, while opportunities for self-improvement were given.

    Cons

    In-fighting is a problem, and that also very ideologically charged. Overall this place is run by highly career-driven people and not necessarily in a good way.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Support and Helpdesk duties

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    Former Employee - University's Library
    Former Employee - University's Library

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin

    Pros

    student-friendly, well paid part-time job

    Cons

    could be boring and is not very challenging, barely any use for future advantage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve students more into the work affairs and orginize social and employment events. Better feedback policies.

    Recommends
  6.  

    FU Berlin als ein internationaler Student FU Berlin as an international student

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin full-time (more than 5 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Grüner Campus knapp außerhalb der Stadt, gute Möglichkeiten für Aufbau-Studiengänge, viele Forschungsprojekte durch die Vielzahl anderer Institute in der Stadt. Es gibt viele Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten, aber dafür muss man die richtigen Leute kennen.

    Green campus just outside of the city, good opportunities for graduate students, many potential research projects with the plethora of other institutes in the city. Multiple financing resources but best to know the right people.

    Cons

    Nur wenige Professuren. Keine anderen langfristigen Stellen.

    Very few professorships. No other long term positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lassen Sie Doktoranden mehr unterrichten. Schaffen Sie mehr langfristige Stellen in der Forschung.

    encourage more teaching from the graduates. Create more long term research positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Solide deutsche Universität, belastet durch interne Kämpfe Solid German university, fraught by in-fighting

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    Current Employee - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in Berlin (Germany)

    I have been working at Freie Universität Berlin part-time (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Gute Bedingungen für Absolventen und eine breite Auswahl an verschiedenen Fachrichtungen, was großartig für fachübergreifende Projektarbeiten und ähnliche Initiativen ist.

    Good conditions for graduate school students and a broad array of different subject areas, allowing for great interdisciplinary project work and relates initiatives.

    Cons

    Schwindende Anzahl an Professuren und deswegen auch weniger und weniger Gelegenheiten um echte Arbeitserfahrung im Bereich für höhereres Lernen für die zukünftige Karriere zu sammeln.

    Dwindling number of professorships and thus fewer and fewer possibilities to gain real work experience in the higher education sector for future career moves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Studentenjob in der Abteilung für Außenbeziehungen student job at external relations department

    Former Employee - Werkstudent in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Werkstudent in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin part-time (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    gutes Gehalt, Arbeitszeit flexibel

    good salary, working hours flexible

    Cons

    die Lage ist ein wenig weit vom Stadtzentrum entfernt

    location is a little far from city center

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keine

    none

  9.  

    Die FU Berlin aus Sicht eines Lehrassistenten Freie Universität Berlin from a TA perspective

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    Current Employee - Lehrassistent in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Lehrassistent in Berlin (Germany)

    I have been working at Freie Universität Berlin

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Eine der besten Universitäten für Sozialwissenschaften in Deutschland, die seit kurzem auch Teil der "Exzellenzintiative" ist und sich mit Berlin in der besten Stadt für junge Leute befindet.

    One of the best universities in the social sciences in Germany. Recently added to the ranks of "Elite Universities". Located in the best German city for young people: Berlin.

    Cons

    Die Uni an sich ähnelt vielen anderen deutschen Universitäten, das bedeutet, dass Ihre Karrierechancen im akademischen Feld wesentlich geringer sind, als an einer der Spitzenuniversitäten in den USA. Die Verwaltung bzw. die Professoren sind nicht gut genug ausgestattet, um ihre Doktoranden gut zu betreuen.

    Similar to other German universities. Your career chances are much lower in academia than if going to a top tier university in the US. Management/Prof. usually not really well-equipped to manage their staff of PhD students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Es wäre eine wesentlich aktivere Haltung gefragt, um die Karrierechancen der Doktoranden an der Freien Universität zu verbessern. Die zentrale Verwaltung sollte einzelnen Professoren keinen zu großen Entscheidungsspielraum über das Schicksal der Forschungs- und Lehrassistenten geben.

    A much more active stance is necessary to improve the career chances of PhD students at the Freie Universität. Central management should not let individual professors have too much control over the fate of each research/teaching assistant

    Recommends

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