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CERN CEO Fabiola Gianotti
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  1. "My experience working at CERN"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 

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

    Pros

    The location is a bit isolated.

    Cons

    Exciting scientific projects. Collaborating with great scientists all around the world.

    CERN2019-03-26
  2. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I worked at CERN full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work for! Cutting edge technologies and very interesting projects.

    Cons

    Rewards for your job are not existent

    CERN2017-02-12

    CERN Response

    February 14, 2017

    Many thanks for your review. It’s delightful to read that you have found CERN a great place to work. It is unfortunate however that you felt the rewards were few as apart from a fixed stipend for the duration of their contract, CERN Fellows benefit from an array of training opportunities, ...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "research scientist"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at CERN

      Pros

      the best research institute in the world and the working environment is awesome

      Cons

      you could work on the most cutting edge computing technology

      Advice to Management

      please reduce the meeting frequency and meeting length...

      CERN2016-12-07
    • "Review as an Intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at CERN

      Pros

      Helpful culture, easy access to resources, food

      Cons

      Commuting to CERN. Other than that no such cons

      CERN2016-10-14
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

        I worked at CERN for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Great international environment, where it is not only curated but also fosters cross-pollination from many different disciplines.

        Cons

        I was paid far less than my counterparts. I learned a month before leaving that HR would be updating the pay grade for my position. Employees here are mostly scientists and disregard respect for non-scientific employees. That is to say that you are only valued for your education. Individuals sought tenure and once after receiving it, many would start slacking. Worst of all offenses was the fact that cultural stereotypes...

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        CERN2016-08-01

        CERN Response

        August 18, 2016

        Thank you very much for your review. Respect is a value we deeply appreciate and foster within our Organization regardless of educational or cultural background. Equal pay is the normal practice at CERN so if you believe that you were paid less than your colleagues we welcome you ...

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      • Helpful (2)

        "visiting scientist"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at CERN

        Pros

        Great working environment. People are very smart and innovative. Interest in research and development is very high.

        Cons

        It is located in the swiss countryside. The living cost is relative high.

        Advice to Management

        Efficiency of improvement of approval of analysis can be further improved.

        CERN2015-12-24

        CERN Response

        January 8, 2016

        Thank you very much for the time you took to leave a review. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at CERN.

      • "Stimulating"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at CERN

          Pros

          Great place to do research and participate at the forefront of physics research.

          Cons

          Bureaucratic, hard sometimes to find your way around

          CERN2014-12-06

          CERN Response

          July 14, 2015

          Thank you for your review. We value your remarks and we are constantly trying to reduce as much as possible any bureaucratic and administrative procedures.

        • "Graduate researcher at CERN"

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            Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

            I have been working at CERN

            Pros

            Working at CERN, you get to work for a leading-edge science experiment. The technology is incredible and you learn so much from the physicists and engineers in your collaboration. You also pick up analytic skills that are highly desired in today's workforce.

            Cons

            It's difficult to get your research through the entire collaboration. Everyone has an opinion about how to best conduct an analysis, and it's your responsibility to convince others your doing everything correctly. Concerns over the smallest details of an analysis can delay a publication by several months. Sometimes this is warranted, but other times it's minutiae.

            Advice to Management

            The collaborations are structured into working groups based on particular physics topics. This allows you to discuss analyses among physicists familiar with the topic before presented to the collaboration as a whole.

            CERN2014-08-17
          • Helpful (7)

            "very exciting place to work"

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            Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

            I worked at CERN

            Pros

            The work carried out here is very exciting, highly enjoyable and very rewarding. Interest in research and development is very high, so if you enjoy developing new technology it is a wonderful place to work.

            Cons

            It is located in the swiss countryside, the nearest biggest city is Geneva which is not a very large city. Work hours are sometimes highly variable depending on project deadlines.

            CERN2013-05-25
          • "Great place to boost your career"

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            Current Employee - Power Electronics Engineer in Prévessin-Moëns
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            I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 2 years

            Pros

            International and multicultural environment Great projects Good salary Great conditions: holidays, medical insurance, etc.

            Cons

            Temporary contract in most cases

            CERN2019-05-14
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