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Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Travail de recherche ouvert et libre d'orientation (in 25 reviews)

  • bonnes conditions de travail (lieu, poste (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • La pression dans le secteur de la recherche notamment dans l'informatique s'est aggrav (in 10 reviews)

  • La gratification pour les stagiaires en fin d' (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "PhD at CNRS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place for science in France

    Cons

    Too big state company, very slow...


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNRS full-time

    Pros

    Some friendly colleagues. Good equipment.

    Cons

    Heavily political. HR incredibly slow or unresponsive. Low pay in general. Paid below minimum.


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    "Science "a la Française""

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    Current Employee - CR1
    Current Employee - CR1
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CNRS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    life positions, freedom to work in any french institution

    Cons

    ridiculously low salaries, bad evaluation system


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  5. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palaiseau (France)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palaiseau (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CNRS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For the benefit of Science, culture and international contacts

    Cons

    low salary , stress to publish or perish

    Advice to Management

    keep low profile inside and high outside


  6. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CNRS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent location in Paris. Flexible schedule depending on the project you are working. Excellent working environment

    Cons

    There aren't many cons that are specifically related with CNRS. However in general French bureaucracy can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    If I have to suggest something I would recommend the preparation of some guide for extra-European researchers to deal with things like taxes or immigration, that might be trivia or non-existent l for Europeans.


  7. "Typical biology postdoc experience with low salary offset by state aide (healthcare, childcare, etc)"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Nice (France)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Nice (France)
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CNRS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun to live abroad, language skills, adequate scientific resources, reserved childcare spaces in municipale daycares, subsidized train or bus fair

    Cons

    Few funding opportunities, complex administration, low quality facilities, few networking opportunities (or poorly advertised), poor system for introducing new employees to the organization, postdocs get lost in the structure


  8. "Great research agency"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

    Pros

    Full research position, no teaching duty

    Cons

    Salary is not really competitive


  9. "Postdoc Fellow (CORIA lab)"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rouen (France)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rouen (France)

    I have been working at CNRS (More than a year)

    Pros

    I think one of the best labs in the world in combustion domain. People here know their stuff, yet they are humble and down to earth. Overall, ambiance is friendly and supportive. I haven't met anyone yet, who did not like this place.

    Cons

    Sometimes things get slower, but if you plan things well ahead of time then this can be handled.


  10. "PhD at CNRS"

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    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Strasbourg (France)
    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Strasbourg (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CNRS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well equipped labs, good research project it is clearly visible that they invest more money in research than most of french universities

    Cons

    very developed administration where no-one speaks English, for non french citizens it is extremely rear to get the permanent position

    Advice to Management

    simplify the procedures, preparation of a new contract took in my case 3 months! or you need to tell more than a month in advance if you want to go for a conference


  11. "Stage"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mulhouse (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mulhouse (France)

    Pros

    Nice people, not too stressful work environment, willing to teach new methods

    Cons

    Workers take long breaks during day so the work day is longer



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