EMBL Reviews

Updated Aug 8, 2020

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21 Ratings
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  • "They aim big, so many students leave without a single publication(in 4 reviews)

  • "The EMBL-EBI campus in Cambridgeshire is 40' drive away from Cambridge, hence commuting becomes a bit tiresome after a few years(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent infrastructure and community"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Predoctoral Fellow 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMBL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent infrastructure, great science, well organized grad-school process and requirements, well paid

    Cons

    Experience may vary widely between different laboratories

  2. "Best place I've ever worked as scientist"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMBL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the best places for scientist worldwide Excellent infrastructure, staff for training, administrative support (visa), and a system in place for career development (from 2020 on), among many many other great things!

    Cons

    Extremely short (paid) parental leave. Unpaid leave is always an option.


  3. "More politics than science"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Good work life balance. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Strong administration that doesn't seem to listen to employees. Relatively poor pay. Management not always well-trained for their position.

  4. "Great workplace, no career progression"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Hinxton, England
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMBL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    amazing work campus, diverse community, great support on many things, flexi hours

    Cons

    can end up with a bad line manager, no career progression, 9 years limited for all terms unless you are on a special condition

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  5. "Good workplace"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Cambridge, England

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    Great campus, great colleagues, great science

    Cons

    Accessing campus and parking are hard

  6. "Thank you for amazing experience and wonderful working environment!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainee In Marketing Department in Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMBL part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - huge and comfortable office - wonderful collegues - great corporate culture

    Cons

    I did not notice any cons.

  7. "Excellent collegues"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    best quality research, excellent collegues

    Cons

    not really recognised outside germany/ few niche related institutions

  8. "Review for EBI"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at EMBL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working time, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Salary is a bit low

  9. "Great employer"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Scientist in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    high salary and new infrastructures

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

  10. "international and excellence-driven basic research institute"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director International Relations in Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    excellent work environment for scientists at all levels

    Cons

    No long-term career perspectives for administrative staff

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