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EMBL Reviews

Updated November 10, 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)

  • Health Insurance and flexible working (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Group leaders sometimes too busy to give input (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at EMBL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    exciting seminars & conferences; great working atmosphere; creative and innovative environment, employee support and benefits

    Cons

    none that I can think of.


  2. "Great place for a traineeship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great support, great facilities, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Trainee salary is not great

  3. "Cool place to work"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMBL as an intern

    Pros

    Young people, always in search for improvements under several aspects of work

    Cons

    Too many people for a few tasks, so a lot of free time


  4. "Scientific Programming"

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    Current Employee - Scientific Programmer in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Scientific Programmer in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EMBL (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very motivated staff. Family, child benefits, private insurance, non-resident benefit. On-site gym, flexible hours, great canteen

    Cons

    Some group leaders will push for high publications so there are chances that you will have to work under stress occasionally


  5. "Excellent work environment with helpful colleagues"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at EMBL as an intern

    Pros

    The campus in well maintained and well kept, with a young mainly PhD based staff.

    Cons

    No real cons that I can think of, maybe the location.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Well paid
    -Good social security system
    -Motivating environment and great scientific facilities
    -Loads of conferences and courses in vicinity

    Cons

    -Odd working hours, although not forced upon you
    -Not easy to leave academics


  7. "Visiting Scientist"

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    Former Intern - Postdoctoral Researcher in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Intern - Postdoctoral Researcher in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Recommends

    I worked at EMBL as an intern

    Pros

    Nice environment, professional attitude, good benefits

    Cons

    Usually contracts are limited to 9 years

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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!


  10. "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!


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