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Updated July 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Good salary, only internal tax, private health insurance, cutting edge science, latest equipment available, good networking opportunities (in 6 reviews)

  • Very good working conditions (health insurance, benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Some Group leaders are slave-drivers and level of science depends on the lab (in 11 reviews)

  • high risk/high pressure projects (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoctoral researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    International enviroment with good benefit.

    Cons

    Inexperienced leaders with no vision and proper management skills.


  2. "Good working atmosphere, good opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - colleagues are sociable and supportive
    - good money (salary and research)

    Cons

    - Group leaders sometimes too busy to give input

  3. "Do not expect too much"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    There are many technical possibilites at EMBL

    Cons

    You might not have access to all the nice things as it all depends on who you are working for.


  4. "Research Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EMBL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great ressources, newest technologies
    Collaborative spirit, pleasant athmosphere
    World leading science and excellence
    Great employment package
    Many courses and conferences

    Cons

    After a maximum of nine years, almost all positions terminate and you need to leave. Counts as an international organization, which means that although situated in Germany, does not count to the local pension scheme, tax scheme or insurance scheme.

    Advice to Management

    The 9 year rule sometimes hurts the excellence and continuancy of certain "service" positions. More transparency what it means and what the special status as an international institue means for life after EMBL.


  5. "Nowhere else quite like it, very exciting science"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, easy to approach people for e.g. coffee to discuss projects. High-level science, frequent high-profile speakers, higher compensation than most European universities, the canteen.

    Cons

    As the goal is to produce very high-impact science, there is a tendency to go after high risk, high reward questions. When it works out it's great (I was lucky to be involved in some big papers), but saw quite a few people get scooped and leave without much to show for it.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. To help protect careers, remember it's sometimes okay to publish in mid-tier journals!


  6. "Uniquely international, dynamic, collaborative and supportive organization."

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    Former Employee - Training in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Training in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMBL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Very interesting, dynamic, and supportive working environment : high profile international working community; interesting and stimulating projects; possibilities to collaborate and network within EMBL and with other national and international organizations; opportunities for professional development; possibilities to get involved in cultural, sports or community volunteer activities;
    -Excellent working conditions: very good infrastructure and equipment (excellent facilities: HR, Grants office, Photolab, library, canteen, etc); very good salaries and benefits; comprehensive health insurance, etc;
    - Heidelberg area is beautiful (I was based at the EMBL Headquarters in Heidelberg);

    Cons

    Depends what department you work for. Max 9 years for staff contracts.


  7. "International Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, lots of support for family, social activities heavily encouraged.

    Cons

    Depends what department you work for. Limited PD unless you know people. Max 9 years for staff contracts. Amazing for science, not so much for other departments.

    Advice to Management

    focus on knowledge retention in core business units and professional development.

  8. "Predoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Predoctoral Fellow in Grenoble (France)
    Current Employee - Predoctoral Fellow in Grenoble (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMBL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great scientific environment. International. Fellowships are higher when compared to other institutes. Group leaders from varied background, If you want to collaborate its easy.

    Cons

    Its going to be tough if you end up with a difficult group leader and you need a lot of self-motivation to stay strong

    Advice to Management

    If you are in the out-station you are limited with the interactions . There is much more happening at the EMBL, Heidelberg.


  9. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful people, Good atmosphere, Activities

    Cons

    I cannot find one really!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "OK place for postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good atmosphere. great canteen. excellent core facilities

    Cons

    time limited. high risk/high pressure projects. experience very dependent on group leader. inexperienced group leaders

    Advice to Management

    develop group leader project management skills


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