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  1. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Summer Student in Geneva
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CERN for more than a year

    Pros

    Research, Nice people, Good work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to get a full time job

    CERN2019-01-06
  2. "Equipment Manager"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Manager in Geneva
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CERN for more than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to immense knowledge, experiments and technology; scientific community of scientists,researchers, professors, fellows and even, nobel laureates; brilliant place to live in; highly international; fair pay and growth opportunities; health insurance and family allowance; center of europe.

    Cons

    work is a always a priority and you might need to work extra shifts to complete it; work-life balance is not equal

    CERN2018-05-17
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    "Good money, but many downsides"

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Prévessin-Moëns
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good salary (free of income tax) - Long paid holidays - Good work-life balance, no need for overtime

    Cons

    General: - Incompetent, inconsiderate and/or shortsighted management - Very hierarchical management, no meaningful feedback can be given to the real decision-makers. Top management seems to be very detached from real workers - Few indefinite contracts. no long-term career prospect - Bad working conditions, old offices, noisy environment, very hot offices in the summer - Many incompetent and/or demotivated people...

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    Advice to Management

    Start to improve the competence of managers and the work conditions. Given the high salaries, a lot of money is wasted due to poor work conditions. Don't let people on indefinite contracts not doing anything, just because they know they cannot be fired.

    CERN2018-05-22

    CERN Response

    May 29, 2018Head of recruitment

    Thank you for taking the time to make comments on our Organization. Your opinion matters and we review all comments carefully. Be assured that we have taken particular note of your ‘Cons’. The experience and welfare of our collaborators is our priority and we value feedback to ensure ...

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  5. "An exciting place to work at."

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    Former Employee - Senior RF Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CERN full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Challenging projects. Lots of technical resources. Continuous training programs. Best work/life balance.

    Cons

    Working after hours can be required. Night shifts. Very long term projects.

    CERN2018-02-06
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    "Software engineer (Fellowship)"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer (Fellowship) 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at CERN full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Good salary (not taxed!) for young people in mid 20s. - Good work-life balance, a lot of holidays, no overtime. - A lot of autonomy and flat management structure. - There are some potentially interesting projects. - Reasonable approach to technologies - there is no "hype driven development" and jumping on every new javascript framework, but technologies are modern and people are generally keeping track of changes...

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    Cons

    - Very strong separation between Staff and non-Staff (students, associates, fellows etc), but only when it comes to benefits and not workload or responsibilities. You might be doing the same thing as the guy next to you, but earning 2-3 times less, simply because he's on a different contract. - Zero correlation between work performance and contract duration or conditions for non-Staff. You might be the best employee,...

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    Advice to Management

    Revise contracting policy of the organisation. The fact that people get "lifetime" contracts, from which they can't be fired, is not normal or healthy in any way. Especially considering CERN handles all stages of many projects, and different people are needed for design, different people for construction and different people for maintenance and operations.

    CERN2018-01-10
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    "Fellowship at CERN"

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    Current Employee - Fellow In IT in Geneva
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    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good in most departments and you are encouraged to engage in activities besides your role e.g. tour guiding or technical community organisation. Compensation is equivalent with other jobs in Switzerland. Many of us gain a large amount of job satisfaction from working for a scientific organisation.

    Cons

    One of the aims of CERN is to employ people temporarily, train them, and send them back to their home country. Consequently contact extension is highly competitive and career progression is uncertain, networking is very important and bias does influence hiring. Positive organisational changes (e.g. parental leave improvements) are slow to come, partially since agreement must be found between member states - internal...

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    Advice to Management

    Ensure that junior staff are given responsibility and the opportunity to attend training courses and conferences in order to grow and stay motivated. Hire managers for their people skills, as well as their technical skills.

    CERN2017-11-28
  8. "Great opportunity for Electronics Engineers"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CERN for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I worked at CERN for 4 years as a technical student and as a fellow after graduation. My overall experience was very good and below I listed some main points to consider: - Interesting technical work with lots of freedom for experimentation - Great work environment with brilliant people around open to new ideas - Lots of learning opportunities (personal and professional) - Very nice location for free time activities...

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    Cons

    - Inefficiencies compared to private sector (depends on the team) - Difficult to get full-time staff vacancies i.e. running after contracts (but when you do 100% job security) - People management skills can be lacking with supervisors (depends on the team)

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on soft-skills and guidance for employees

    CERN2017-10-08
  9. "Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CERN full-time

    Pros

    -Relaxed environment -International environment -Interesting Problems -Great work-life balance

    Cons

    -Old technologies -Some employees lack motivation

    Advice to Management

    Some kind of evaluation of the work of employees

    CERN2017-08-20
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    "Great people, lots of outdated bureaucracy."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Geneva
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great pay if you don't live in switzerland. Beautiful and interesting place to work, lot of history was written there. Restaurant in-place with good and cheap menu. Very smart and diverse people around. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy for anything. Career path is restricted if you did not have the right diplomas when signing the contract (does not matter if you got them after). There's lots of internal political games, sometimes they overrule common sense. Very small raises, and not often. Make sure you are paid the amount you are willing to earn for the rest of your contract, when signing the contract. Unfair salary scales,...

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    Advice to Management

    Modernize your internal organization, be open to meritocracy, specially for non-research positions (you don't need a phd to be a great software engineer, and having a phd does not make you one). Avoid internal feuds, force openness.

    CERN2017-08-16
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