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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
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  1.  

    Very good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Max Planck Institute full-time

    Pros

    Lots of people doing great research whom you can work with and learn a lot. Great work-life balance, lots of holidays. I had a very encouraging team whom I could approach to clarify things.

    Cons

    Salary not as high as industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people to work in research institutions, many young people just leave to go work in industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    research paradise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working environment. Work with intelligence people. Great support for conducting research.

    Cons

    Low chance to be promoted to permanent staffs.

    Recommends
  3.  

    If one has a will to learn than Max Planck is the place to be.

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    Current Intern - Internship in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Current Intern - Internship in Düsseldorf (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyday new things to learn, challenging, incredible environment for work, friendly.

    Cons

    Professional growth is not that sound when compared to companies both financially and position wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Max Planck can be made a little more attractive by adding some perks which can attract more young professional in the field of scientific research. The thought of not having a job after Phd or post docs makes people not to go for it. Some steps have to be taken in this area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Outstanding research atmosphere

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    Current Intern - Researcher
    Current Intern - Researcher

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    best equipment in the world, easy going atmosphere, really smart people

    Cons

    salary too low, only contract positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    about the MPI

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Max Planck Institute

    Pros

    good working environment, well- equipped, state of the art technologies, value for knowledge

    Cons

    insurance policies for students not clear, stipendium students at job risk

  7.  

    Good communication between departments

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Environment
    -Resources
    -Connections to other institutes
    -Infrastructure
    -Possibility to organize scientific events

    Cons

    -Work/life balance (depending on the department)
    -No german language classes available
    -Depending on the department, productivity can be good or regular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate the students more to promote collaboration establishment, create communication channels to improve the installations and events related to the institute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    PhD student Max Plank Institute

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute

    Pros

    High quality of research, possibility to obtain the highest level of eduction

    Cons

    Absence of any kind of support, absence of human interactions

  9.  

    Interessante erfahrung

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    Former Employee - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
    Former Employee - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

    I worked at Max Planck Institute

    Pros

    Ziemliche Freiheit zum forschen. Falls man an einem Thema leidenschaftlich interessiert ist und der Gruppenleiter dahinter steht ist sehr viel möglich.

    Cons

    Elitäre Einstellung mancher Mitarbeiter. Teilweise muss man sich fast entschuldigen wenn man Wochenende nicht arbeitet. Wenig Informationsausstausch viele machen ihr eigenes Ding.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Nette Forschungseinrichtung Nice research institution

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    Current Contractor - Forschungsassistent in Saarbrücken (Germany)
    Current Contractor - Forschungsassistent in Saarbrücken (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute as a contractor (more than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Gutes Verhältnis zwischen Arbeit und Freizeit

    Hervorragende Leute

    Gutes Arbeitsumfeld

    Karrierechancen

    nice life work balance,
    outstanding people
    good work environment
    many career opportunities

    Cons

    Sich mehr um neue Studenten kümmern

    more care about fresh students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Steuert direkt auf die Wirtschaft zu und verschwendet eure Zeit nicht mit akademischem Kram Go straight to indiustry, don't lose time in Academia

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    Former Employee - Doktorand in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Doktorand in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I worked at Max Planck Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Der Job ist OK für Techniker und die Verwaltung. Auch für Postdocs ist er in Ordnung und sogar für Dissertationsstudenten im Vergleich zu anderen akademischen Einrichtungen. Trotzdem ist es keine gute Idee im Vergleich zum freien Markt.

    It is OK place for technicians and administration. It is also OK for postdocs and PhD student compared to other academic institutions. It is however a not smart choice on open market.

    Cons

    Die absolute Mehrheit der Leute, die es nach Max Planck schaffen, schaffen es im Privatsektor. Statt 3-4 Jahre als Dissertationsstudent und 2-4-6 als Postdoc für ein geringes Gehalt und eine geringe Chance auf einen festen Vertrag zu arbeiten, sollte man sich besser zuerst auf den Privatsektor konzentrieren. Es ist ziemlich normal für einen frischen Dr., erstmal ein Jahr nach einem Job zu suchen.

    Absolute majority of the people, who do well after Max Planck do it in private sector. Instead of working for 3-4 years as a PhD and 2-4-6 as a postdoc, for low pay and with a slim chance of getting a permanent contract you better focus on going to private sector in the first place. Among recently graduated PhD's very common to search for a job for about a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investiert in persönliches Training, hört mit der weitverbreiteten Politik auf, Techniker durch Dissertationsstudenten zu ersetzen, nur weil diese billige Arbeitskräfte sind, führt mehr Festanstellungen für erfahrene Postdocs ein, zurzeit ist es nur ein unterbezahlter Arbeitsplatz, kurzfristig und unsicher.

    Invest in personal training, stop wide spread policy of substituting technicians with PhD student just because they are cheaper labor, introduce more permanent positions for senior post-docs, now it is not just underpaid workplace, it is also short term and insecure.

    Doesn't Recommend

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