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EMBL Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2019

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4.2
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82%
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Approve of CEO
Iain Mattaj
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "The canteen food in Heidelberg is excellent(in 9 reviews)

  • "Good salary, good management, many holidays(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Even for high positions as group leaders the contracts are up to 9 years(in 14 reviews)

  • "Manchmal zu langwierige Projekte, wodurch die Postdocs wenig publizieren um sich fr(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "EMBL is a great place for basic research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

    I have been working at EMBL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Great benefits particularly to support family. Excellent health insurance and generous pension.

    Cons

    Maternity leave is limited compared to the rest of the country.

    EMBL2019-07-31
  2. "One of the best places to work in Europe!"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent and unique scientific atmosphere complemented by world -class scientists, best facilities and extra-ordinary conferences hosted by the sister organization EMBO

    Cons

    There are no downsides to working at this place!

    EMBL2019-07-01
  3. "Valid research, Collaborative environment"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An institute conducting research at the forefront of science.

    Cons

    The EMBL-EBI campus in Cambridgeshire is 40' drive away from Cambridge, hence commuting becomes a bit tiresome after a few years.

    EMBL2019-06-11
  4. "good"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 

    I have been working at EMBL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    work and life balance , relaxed environment

    Cons

    need to update the technologies

    EMBL2019-06-19
  5. "Not a place to develop a career"

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Hinxton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMBL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Higher than average salary for academia. Nice Campus. Healthcare and allowances are generous.

    Cons

    Extremely nepotistic when it comes to career advancement: Racial Glass ceiling at certain grades

    Advice to Management

    A bit of clarity on how 9 year extensions are granted. Also a reduction of the "who you know" culture for advancement would greatly improve employee morale.

    EMBL2019-04-26
  6. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMBL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    very friendly people with positive environment.

    Cons

    there is nothing much to say.

    EMBL2019-04-08
  7. "Amazing place to be a scientist"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great science, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Only temporary positions, meant to spread the EMBL way of working worldwide

    EMBL2019-03-26
  8. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    High-level science, core facilities, canteen, salary

    Cons

    Time limitation of working contracts (max. 4,5 years for PhD students and 5 years of Postdocs)

    EMBL2019-03-21
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and salary, and great science

    Cons

    Location is far from Cambridge

    EMBL2019-03-20
  10. Helpful (1)

    "EMBL is a good employer but..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EMBL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Extremely lively international environment, open collaborative culture, excellent science and support to science, good training possibilities, excellent social events. The presence of an Ombudsperson and the Staff Association are very helpful in conflict resolution processes. Management has improved over the years and is reasonable. Flexibility of rules. Medical insurance coverage is outstanding. The canteen food in Heidelberg...

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    Cons

    The 9-year rule has a negative impact on work quality and continuity, particularly in certain positions, and reduces the attractiveness especially in non-scientific areas. There is unfortunately little professional growth within the organisation, as well as a lack of transparency in many processes such as recruitment, contract extensions and assignation of permanent contracts. Behind a very informal environment, there...

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    Advice to Management

    Improve transparency and equity in applying rules. Train your managers. Care for employees mental health. Keep up the very special atmosphere of EMBL.

    EMBL2019-03-10
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