Max Planck Institute Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Average

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I worked at Max Planck Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to various equipments; Lots of funding

    Cons

    Depends very much on the director; Very limited number of permanent position.


  2. Research at Max Planck Institute

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

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    supportive of new research ideas
    Friendly environment
    opportunity to attend talks and meet top researchers of the field

    Cons

    more of a research center than a industrial company


  3. Good place to work...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute

    Pros

    Good institute to work for...

    Cons

    Need to know German as a language to work for.

    Advice to Management

    It should be more an international institute.


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  5. Good research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good research, a lot of resource, pure acedamic

    Cons

    less salary, poor collaboration, hard to stay


  6. Great scientific environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Infrastructure, Funding, social benefits, Collaborations, Conferences, Administration

    Cons

    Secluded from US science, Language, Integration


  7. Scientific excellence but conservative community!

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

    I worked at Max Planck Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The institute offers a unique experimental facility and scientific environment. Qualified people, nice campus. Promotes people to participate in conferences and workshops. Efficient and fast administration. Surrounded by other world class institutes (Astronomy, Astrophysics, Maths, several more...).

    Cons

    Biggest problem of specifically this institute is "Language". All in German - Internal emails (scientific, meeting, others), experimental programs, internal group meetings, public events, 80% of the human "interaction" (at scientific level or personal level) is in German, and a non-german would sit there like a dog. You are an alien roaming in the campus.
    However, if you just walk to the next Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, you will feel sudden sense of life, english speaking and truely international environment.

    The institute, although it claims to be an international, it practically breeds their own people. Project students from the nearby TUM university get into IPP for projects, then most of them get into the PhD program (on the professors will), then most among them get into the Postdoc positions and so on. There is no clear competition at international level and its highly impossible to penetrate this chain to get any (project, Phd, postdoc...) position.
    Somewhat hierarchical which leads to some internal politics.
    The institute is constantly failing to retain many distinguished qualified people, many of them leaving to the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Promise a truely international environment - (a) Allow mixture of people from different nationalities, (b) running the internal activities in english which would welcome international people to join in, be it a meeting, lecture or an experiment.


  8. Very good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Max Planck Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. research paradise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max Planck Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low chance to be promoted to permanent staffs.


  10. 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


  11. Good communication between departments

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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



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