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European Bioinformatics Institute Reviews

Updated Aug 23, 2019

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Ewan Birney and Rolf Apweiler
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "EBI has the ingredient to be world class as tech as well as science but a shakeup is needed for it to fulfil its potential(in 7 reviews)

  • "Beautiful campus (used to be, don't know what it is now with all extensions(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Absolutely no chance of career progression for the vast majority of staff(in 9 reviews)

  • "Quantity over quality permeate all aspects of EBI from rapid release phases to the high number of outdated resources(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2017-08-31
  2. "Research Trainee"

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    Former Employee - Research Trainee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    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.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2016-07-21
  3. "Very cool place for internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects Lots of interesting lectures and seminars on campus Good compensation (for intern) Small rooms with friendly people, where you feel like a memeber of a family Relaxed atmosphere Tea breaks Picturesque campus On-site sport facilities with symbolic fee Comfortable coach to and fro campus

    Cons

    No code reviews Almost zero opportunities to get employed after internship Almost zero assisstance with relocation (for intern)

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-08-23
  4. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, clever, focused, and diverse people in a relaxed but professional environment. Good work-life balance. Beautiful campus with modern facilities. Excellent benefits for those with a family.

    Cons

    Career progression can be tricky and it's all to easy to stagnate. For most there is a nine-year limit for working at the EBI - only a lucky few will get to stay longer.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-07-31
  5. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits, work culture and ethics, management, projects

    Cons

    career growth is a bit slow

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-07-04
  6. Helpful (3)

    "All the right ingredients but not fully living up to its potential"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hinxton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with great facilities, restaurant, gym, coffee shops etc. Free buses to campus and free tea/coffee and biscuits at 3 pm every day. It is that sort of place. Salaries are reasonable and generous benefits can make a very attractive package dependent on circumstances. Excellent health insurance and allowances for being married, having children and being recruited from outside the UK really can add up....

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    Cons

    Winning grants and publishing glowing papers are the only things group leaders are measured on. This means the delivery of services is often a secondary concern. Many projects run out of steam after 1-2 years and are slowly left to die as the PI chases the next thing. Many leaders, especially those who have been at EBI for over 9 years, have never worked outside of campus after university which means they live in a...

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    Advice to Management

    Take control of training and development at EBI and fund it. Aim for EBI to be world class at tech, not just science. Values and support those that want to progress. Saying "EBI does not value deep tech skills" is not acceptable. Tech needs to work with science to release the full potential or the institute. Return to having three grade for software developers 5 (junior), 6 (mid) and 7 (senior) with only 8 being a...

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    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-05-11
  7. "A friendly place to work"

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    Current Employee - Javascript Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A nice international atmosphere. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The experience greatly varies from team to team within the institute. Cambridge cost of living is expensive.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-04-25
  8. "Amazing work experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is a really relaxed environment

    Cons

    Not easy to get career advance

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-04-17
  9. "Great working environment"

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a relax environment with plenty of collaboration opportunities. You can helping other scientists in your job especially lab scientists. There were opportunity to engage the public. Senior management was easy to talk to. A good place for work and life balance.

    Cons

    Not enough career advancement programmes.

    Advice to Management

    More career advancement training.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-04-12
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great benefits too

    Cons

    Career progression could be improved

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-02-13
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