Max Planck Institute

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Max Planck Institute Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

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

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

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute as an intern (less than an 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
  3.  

    Nice research institution

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Saarbrücken (Germany)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Saarbrücken (Germany)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    more care about fresh students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Go straight to indiustry, don't lose time in Academia

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

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

    Pros

    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

    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

    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
  6.  

    good PhD training experience

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Munich (Germany)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Munich (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great facility, world-class research program, excellent PhD program, enough funding

    Cons

    bad work-life balance, unequal pay for German and international students, not sufficient career mentering

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Academic Salaries are depressing

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cologne (Germany)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Cologne (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, academically challenging and productive

    Cons

    Low Salaries, no bonuese and no christmas presents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the welfare of your researchers and act quickly not treating them like students. They deserve paid holidays too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Very good place for research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Mülheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Mülheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Super infrastructure, renowned for basic research

    Cons

    Do not help much for future placement, want to give fellowship contract rather than German work contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide soft skill course like German language course etc. encourage foreign researchers to stay more time in Germany

    Recommends
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  9.  

    To Grow!

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stuttgart (Germany)

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

    Pros

    The warm and friendly international environment is really impressive. There is always enough budget in the institute for supporting the students.

    Cons

    The educational system is highly hierarchical. In my opinion, it's hard to scientifically grow in such a system. The dominating bureaucracy, also makes it hard to get your job done without struggle.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    The experience was wonderful. Got great things to learn

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    Current Employee - Visiting Scholar in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)
    Current Employee - Visiting Scholar in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Young environment, Result oriented people,

    Cons

    Transport access could be improved

    Recommends
  11.  

    Excellent place to do research at

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Munich (Germany)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Munich (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Experimental facility is world class. Great computational facility. The campus is full of various research institutes, so there is a good opportunity to interact with people from different branches.

    Cons

    Mostly german speaking culture even within the institute. The common emails you receive are mostly in german, the cultural/public events, some of the meetings and even talks are in german. This is a "world class" institute but far from an "international" institute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not make this institution a 'self-breeding' institution.

    Recommends

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