European Bioinformatics Institute Reviews

Updated Aug 10, 2020

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European Bioinformatics Institute Co-Directors Ewan Birney and  Rolf Apweiler (no image)
Ewan Birney and Rolf Apweiler
22 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work-life balance, Amazon campus and infrastructures, good salary(in 9 reviews)

  • "EBI attracts great people from all over the world both smart and great to work with(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "career progression paths not well defined(in 15 reviews)

  • "For most there is a nine-year limit for working at the EBI - only a lucky few will get to stay longer(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time

    Pros

    You have opportunities to work with top talents in the field of bioinformatics.

    Cons

    Be aware of the "nine year rule" - people have to move on from EBI after serving there for 9 years. This is really good and bad.

  2. "Research Trainee"

    5.0
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    Research Trainee in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the best places to work on cutting edge computational biology research. Great diversity and culture.

    Cons

    A little bit isolated from the nearest city, Cambridge, but not much of a problem since they have a shuttle that runs very smoothly every day.


  3. COVID-19

    "Very supportive organisation!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hinxton, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with people from around the world, great colleagues, supportive management especially during lockdown , great benefits, you feel like you are really making a difference!

    Cons

    sometimes a little too over cautious

  4. "Excellent Institute"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Cambridge, England
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    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice social events, everything is guided, it is a really nice place to work.

    Cons

    Quite far from city center but there is a service to bring staff on site.

  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Officer in Cambridge, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A huge diversity of people, great campus, nice colleagues, dynamic environment, bus service to work, a lot of benefits and very good salary. A lot of science going on on campus

    Cons

    Campus lost in the countryside, 9 years maximum, Career progression limited, poor mobile reception.

  6. "good working place"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Hinxton, England
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good package, scientific manner, friendly, corporate

    Cons

    Has to leave after 9 years.

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  7. "Great place to work, lot of opportunities to learn new technologies, big data"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Cambridge, England
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    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    30 days holidays, private health insurance, sick for children, discounted gym, onsite nursery

    Cons

    Not much working from home

  8. "Nice place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Curator 
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    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    casual academic atmosphere; most work is for public benefit; nice campus

    Cons

    complex tax structure means you don't get registered in UK tax system; campus not always easy to reach (e.g. at flexible hours); contracts are generally 3 years and maximum of 9; Increasing pressure on recording hours of work and using grant funding means that maintenance of services suffer as opposed to new features

  9. "Awesome place to work EBI"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Coordinator, Customer Service in Cambridge, England
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    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing work ethic and awesome scientific research area

    Cons

    Far from the town and you feel isolated from the whole world

  10. Helpful (1)

    "friendly team"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Scientific Training Officer in Cambridge, England
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    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - varied role - initially a lot of opportunities for personal development - opportunities for travel - lots of opportunities to interact with people and do some teaching - Friendly team - good work life balance - very generous salary and benefit

    Cons

    - quite a lot of admin - a little repetitive after 2-3 years in post - limited career progression and development opportunities

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