Max Planck Society
3.3 of 5 23 reviews
www.mpg.de Munich, Germany 150 to 499 Employees

Max Planck Society Reviews

Updated May 13, 2014
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    Good place for a post-doc

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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

    ConsCompensation 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)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Skip the detour on your way to industry

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

    Proseasy 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

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementPay 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MPI für Bildungsforschung

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat place for doing science

    Consno clear career path in academia

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    Great place for science

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Leipzig (Germany)

    ProsVery well supported with administrative issues and also for science

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has a warm environments with kind colleagues.

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Munich (Germany)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

    ProsRelatively good facilities for experiments.

    ConsBad 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    okay

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Bonn (Germany)

    Prosthe research was fun and interesting

    Consvery hierarchical compared to the US

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    research fellow at max planck society

    Researcher (Former Employee)
    Munich (Germany)

    ProsI worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum optics, one of the best research institutes for physics, in Munich. It offers great career opportunities in science and a very pleasant international environment.

    ConsThe downside is that compensation is not very good. But in fact, the wages at MPQ are not bad for this type of positions in pure science and wont deter young academics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working in one of the Max Planck Institute, is anyhow a great chance.

    Scientist (Former Employee)

    Proshigh academic rank in the scientific community; great facility; high chance to work in an international environment and intellectually very stimulating environment, with great scientists. Great opportunity for phd and post doc(as first experience after the phd).

    Consvery few permanent position for scientist; very high expectations in terms of performances and publications on very high impact factor journals. In some case, waste of human resources (e.g. phd students) was clearly apparent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ph.D student

    Ph D Student (Current Employee)
    Stuttgart (Germany)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing will change no matter what I say here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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