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CERN CEO Fabiola Gianotti
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  1. "Fellow at CERN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Do not pay taxes - Can wok on large projects

    Cons

    - Rigid structure - Old offices - Does not matter whether you do a good or bad job, you still get the same money and you are not fired

    CERN2018-11-14
  2. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Geneva
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch research, good compensation, great culture

    Cons

    Demanding, fast paced, a little bit out of a city

    CERN2018-10-18
  3. "Technical Student"

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    Current Employee - Technical Student in Geneva
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    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - developing challenging projects - different training available (software/development/language...) - great team projects in multicultural environment - great, stressless work atmosphere - diversity of CERN social clubs

    Cons

    Sometimes the group hierarchy at CERN may be a bit confusing.

    CERN2018-10-19
  4. "Lots of free time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CERN full-time

    Pros

    Good salaries, generally you have a stress-free environment with a lot of free time to learn new things.

    Cons

    Lots of legacy tools/technologies in use

    CERN2018-09-17
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    "WOW"

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    Current Employee - CERN Doctoral Student in Geneva
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Atmosphere: multicultural, dynamic, fast paced. Cutting edge technologies used.

    Cons

    Physicists tend to reinvent the wheel in every field: sometimes it can be good, but it need carefull assessment of the available solutions. Is actually improving in the last 3 years.

    CERN2018-08-28
  6. "User status"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at CERN full-time

      Pros

      life quality, club activies, health insurance

      Cons

      being a public company translates in lower efficiency

      CERN2018-09-13
    • "Research scientist"

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      Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geneva
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      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at CERN full-time

      Pros

      Greatest lab in the world in particle physics research.

      Cons

      Not enough funding to scale naturally our great scientific projects.

      CERN2018-08-21
    • "Being a research fellow at CERN"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        Positive Outlook
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        I have been working at CERN

        Pros

        Great environment, opportunity to shape your career, networking, high salary

        Cons

        Very hard to get a staff contract after the Fellowship, difficult to establish your self in the group, large inter-group competition for the few staff positions

        CERN2018-08-19
      • "Equipment Manager"

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        Current Employee - Equipment Manager in Geneva
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        Positive Outlook
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        I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Work/Life Balance Compensation & Benefits Culture & Values

        Cons

        Almost no Career Opportunities Limited duration contracts

        CERN2018-08-30
      • "All in all - a great opportunity"

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

        Pros

        - nice work and great technical environment - flexible schedules - restaurants and sport clubs are great meeting points for socializing, the food less great - good benefits - it is definitely one of the greatest opportunities for graduates. Not as great if you hit the age mark of 35 without a serious contract.

        Cons

        - short-term contracts - hard to see good people leaving for no convincing reason - sometimes dull conversation topics based on national stereotypes

        Advice to Management

        HR does a great job, give them more power to implement policies.

        CERN2018-08-27
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