Weizmann Institute of Science Reviews

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  1. Intern - Neuroscience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weizmann Institute of Science

    Pros

    Top-notch research, all institutions in the US I've been working for valued my experience at the Weizmann very high (e.g. Cornell's Psych Department)
    Very open and diverse atmosphere

    Cons

    I was quite content with my experience, also the treatment as international was unexpected good (e.g. Accommodation were newly renovated, Institute gave me Cafeteria Card with unlimited covered meals)
    But I have no idea or experience about payment or retention plans

  2. a great place for science and application

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Rehovot (Israel)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Rehovot (Israel)

    I have been working at Weizmann Institute of Science full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Weizmann ensures great working environment, especially for students and foreign post-docs.You don't have to worry about anything else - just do your job.

    Cons

    Israel is not an easy country to live in sometimes. The payment is average european, but leaving is a bit more expensive then in Europe.

    Recommends
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  3. I have been working at Weizmann Institute of Science full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Weizmann is a world leading institute for science. It offers students a very supportive environment to work in. The stipends are the highest in the country.

    Cons

    Due to the fact that the income is recognized as a stipend (for tax purposes) we do not receive social benefits such as health insurance or pension.

    Recommends
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  5. Hell of a research institute. Moderate academic experience. Very smart people

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    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rehovot (Israel)
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rehovot (Israel)

    I worked at Weizmann Institute of Science as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The only "academic" research institute in Israel which really has money, allowing top scientific research to be done. Most labs have money and top grade equipment, but it depends on the specific PI, of course. Salaries for MA, PhD and Post-Docs are descent, compared to other academic entities in the country. Work-life balance depends on your specific PI, as well as most social interactions in the specific research group. There are tons of lectures by inside and outside speakers, some are the top dogs in their respective fields.

    Cons

    Courses at FGS (the graduate studies branch) are usually bland and classrooms are obsolete. Most lecturers don't care about teaching, and the good ones who care aren't compensated enough to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some money in the courses FGS gives. People need theoretical courses no less than they need empirical experience.

    Recommends
  6. great place to work at

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    Current Employee - Post Doc in Rehovot (Israel)
    Current Employee - Post Doc in Rehovot (Israel)

    I have been working at Weizmann Institute of Science full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great place, educational and scientific environment, lots of lectures from all kinds are available on a daily basis. good equipment in departments. great people

    Cons

    available meals (which you have to pay for) are not so good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Rehovot (Israel)
    Former Employee - Intern in Rehovot (Israel)

    I worked at Weizmann Institute of Science full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, with a passion for science.
    One of the leading scientific research institutions.
    Truly scientific environment.
    No formal requirements.

    Cons

    If you are not hard-working might not be the place for you. Lots of independent work. Need to be a person that can stay motivated and want to work hard.

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  8. Physics Ph.D. at Weizmann Institute

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Rehovot (Israel)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Rehovot (Israel)

    I worked at Weizmann Institute of Science full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The research is done at a very high level, with a very helpful atmosphere. If you choose your research group well, you will have almost unlimited funds for research equipment, which I think is the most important thing for experimental physics. There are a lot of opportunities for conferences (in Israel and outside), and different collaborations. Salary is very good, though you are not allowed to complement it with outside work or scholarships.

    Cons

    It is possible to choose groups and professors unwisely, so a lot of research in advance should be done (read recent papers, talk to students). However, if you start with an M.Sc., the whole first year is spent on (sometimes very hard) courses, so you have the time for it.

    Recommends
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  9. good job for someone who wants to enter the field

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    Former Intern - Lab Technician in Rehovot (Israel)
    Former Intern - Lab Technician in Rehovot (Israel)

    I worked at Weizmann Institute of Science as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    lots of different labs and job opportunities, good stuff.

    Cons

    lots of responsibility and self discipline,

    Recommends
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  10. Excellent place to study and evolve

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Rehovot (Israel)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Rehovot (Israel)

    I have been working at Weizmann Institute of Science full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent core facilities that have staff that teaches you and helps you in your research. A relatively high pay check. Most importantly the Feinberg School is run in a way that tries to help the student be all he can.

    Cons

    The education program is a bit lacking in the investment of time to get a coherent study flow. Most courses repeat every two years so you could have the first year a course in advanced immunology and in the next year the basic course.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a course schedule in which fundamental courses repeat every year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. a fantastic place for people with passion to science

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    Current Employee - MSC Student in Rehovot (Israel)
    Current Employee - MSC Student in Rehovot (Israel)

    I have been working at Weizmann Institute of Science full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The faculty is world class, the environment is super-friendly, there's a truly scientific environment, there aren't a lot of formal requirements and you can really focus on researching the things that interest you. No tuition for MSc/PhD students and a nice stipend.

    Cons

    A lot of independent work so you really have to stay motivated and work on your own to succeed (no one will push you). In some areas research areas are quite narrow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on gradually mentoring the students into the research world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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