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CERN CEO Fabiola Gianotti
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  1. "Excellent development possibilities in cutting edge technologies"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Geneva
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CERN full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great projects, interesting subjects, a lot of competent people around, flexible environment

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic, sometimes badly organized

    CERN2018-08-08
  2. "The place to be for a scientist"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Geneva
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    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great conditions for research, few distractions or additional admin to do, a very diverse place where there is always tons going on - from physics to outreach to seminars and courses. The food is very good as well. It's a plus to know that you are part of this wonderful organization.

    Cons

    Offices are a bit shabby, but there are renovation works all around (then you have drilling noises). Possibility of getting a permanent job is almost nonexistent.

    CERN2018-04-30
  3. "Postdoctoral Fellowship at CERN"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Geneva
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    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Extremely inspiring research environment where one never gets bored.

    Cons

    Challenging to find a long term contract.

    CERN2017-11-01
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    "Great colleagues, but inefficiency and nepotism"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Geneva
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    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    High salary and good health insurance. Connections to all fields of physics and a vibrant community of young aspiring colleagues. Great potential to learn from others and extend your horizon.

    Cons

    The skills you acquire do not match the ones needed in industry. With every year spent you loose qualification in the outside world and are forced to a career in science. The tasks for an applied fellow are often regular and repetitive duty work than research. The infrastructure is very bad, offices are small, services factually non-existent. If you have a problem, nobody will help you. If you ask for help, it will...

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    Advice to Management

    Regularly assess the performance of your staff by an independent team, who do not have to fear negative consequences if they report problems. Hire staff with leadership experience. Perform anonymous surveys about the employee working conditions, supervisor performance and general happiness with the job.

    CERN2017-10-27
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Working as a researcher at CERN"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geneva
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    Negative Outlook
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    I worked at CERN for more than 2 years

    Pros

    World-class scientists to work with. Colleagues that are passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Archaic management structure. Geneva not an amazing city in comparison with other international cities. CERN staff inflexible and know that they can be unreasonable with no consequences. Private life not as good as other cities.

    Advice to Management

    Modernise and don't hire robotic people.

    CERN2017-10-10
  6. "Nice experience"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

    I worked at CERN

    Pros

    very stimulating work environment, top salary for Physicist

    Cons

    Difficult to have a permanent position

    CERN2017-06-22
  7. "Guter Ort, aber nicht für ewig"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Geneva
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CERN for more than 4 years

    Pros

    lockere Atmosphäre, gute Arbeitszeiteinteilung, internationales Unternehmen, vielseitige Teams, gute Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten

    Cons

    befristete Verträge dämpfen Motivation langfristig, unmittelbarer Zweck der Arbeit nicht immer klar ersichtlich

    CERN2018-05-28
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