Max Planck Society Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place for a post-doc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    I worked at Max Planck Society full-time

    Pros

    Great place to do research: lots of freedom; international and stimulating environment; amazing colleagues; people work a lot (which is very motivating); great facility; decent compensation compared to other public research institutions

    Cons

    Compensation is still bad compared to industry positions; only temporary positions available (except directorship); some PhD-advisors appear not to do well at teaching their students and consistently have students who barely manage to obtain their degree; people tend to work a lot (which makes you neglect your work-life balance)

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great

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

    I worked at Max Planck Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really friendly, smart, professional and helpful. Great atmosphere and working with a diverse group helps you to learn and develop

    Cons

    Can get to used to it and other workplaces look crap in comparison

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring more Australians over!!!!

    Recommends
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    A great place to work at.

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

    I worked at Max Planck Society as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked as a research student in Berlin. It is a great place to work, and I learned a lot during my times there. Friendly and healthy research environment. invaluable experience.

    Cons

    Some of the PHD students did not like it a lot, but that's mainly due to the head of the department there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide interns higher salaries would be great.

    Recommends
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Skip the detour on your way to industry

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

    I worked at Max Planck Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    easy to get a position, next to impossible to be fired, true academic environment if you are into that, you can put Dr. on your doorbell and as your preferred salutation elsewhere after you graduate

    Cons

    As a PhD student you will be expected to work full time even though you are paid part-time. Because of part-time assumption your payment is quite low for a person with a master degree ( 1.2-1.3 kEur/month netto). Expect about half of the pay you will get on junior position in the private sector. No dedicated educational program, or consistent policy of investing in personnel training.
    As there are no strict policies on supervision - big portion of that full-time and overtime work is in vain, just to learn on your own mistakes. You are a cheap labor, no one cares about wasting your time.
    It does not improve your ability to land a good job afterwards. Master graduates who who wrote their thesis in the institute have similar jobs as the PhD graduates several years later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay full time technicians instead of using student as a cheaper substitute. More permanent positions for senior scientists would help to keep knowledge in the organization. Otherwise the staff looks like children+elderly people (student+technicians/professors) with very little experienced staff in between. As a result - a mixture of inexperienced young and not motivated mature.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    MPI für Bildungsforschung

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max Planck Society

    Pros

    great place for doing science

    Cons

    no clear career path in academia

  7.  

    Great place for science

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Leipzig (Germany)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Leipzig (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Society full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very well supported with administrative issues and also for science

    Cons

    German speaking is more important than what they pretend. (that you can speak English only)

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    It has a warm environments with kind colleagues.

    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Munich (Germany)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Munich (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Society part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The working atmosphere is really good, your colleges help you in your project and the facilities to involve you in project is fully satisfactory.

    Cons

    Max Planck is under control of University, the salaries are not competitive but on the other hand the work pressure is low

    Recommends
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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Total lack of management, wasting public money in the most horrid way.

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    Former Employee - Post-Doctoral Fellow  in  Cologne (Germany)
    Former Employee - Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cologne (Germany)

    I worked at Max Planck Society full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relatively good facilities for experiments.

    Cons

    Bad green houses, total lack of management, more politics rather than science, wasting public money, no control and respect for academic etiquettes and ethics and the professors are too busy to be concerned with any of these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop ignoring problems. Check and double check the works of your students and detect frauds on time, make sure everyone's contribution is acknowledged properly as it should be in the scientific world.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  10.  

    okay

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Bonn (Germany)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bonn (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Society as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    the research was fun and interesting

    Cons

    very hierarchical compared to the US

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ph.D student

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    Current Employee - Ph D Student  in  Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Stuttgart (Germany)

    I have been working at Max Planck Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Much money for research which is good! Good for carer and your CV.

    Cons

    Violation of rules on every step. Foreigners usually gets less money when compared with German colleges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing will change no matter what I say here.

    Doesn't Recommend

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