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Freie Universität Berlin Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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  1. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Mount Sinai, NY
    Current Employee - Researcher in Mount Sinai, NY

    I have been working at Freie Universität Berlin (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Professors and mentors, good access to equipment and lab space. Nice location right outside the city of Berlin

    Cons

    Project was not organized well. Time was constrained so not much was able to get done. Classes were running during our research so there was not much guidance


  2. "FU Berlin"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It has great lab facilities, the staff (permanent or on part-time working hours) is supportive and very knowledgeable, the University offers a variety of funding opportunities for abroad students/researchers.

    Cons

    While the university is known for its international staff, however it is very difficult to obtain a permanent position as a foreigner


  3. "Good University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin full-time

    Pros

    Good academic research and high quality of education

    Cons

    There is not English speaking lectures


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  5. "Juniorprofessor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great research university in a beautiful city. Smart students, friendly colleagues, excellent libraries and buildings

    Cons

    German hierarchy, over filled classrooms, lack of stability in work contracts, students who have to work and can't commit fully to their learning

    Advice to Management

    Commit to further the mission if the FUB through contributing capacity to help Germany address current social challenges like Refugee settlement, environmental development and school justice.


  6. "International PhD. student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freie Universität Berlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Green campus, very affluent in grants

    Cons

    Not English friendly. Unless you speak German you'll have a very hard time.
    You'll have to adjust to a different mentality and unfortunately there's no tolerance whatsoever.
    There is very little discussion going on between the professors and their students.
    Everyone shrugs responsibility in fear of being blamed, so there's a very toxic office culture.
    I was working in the Physics department so it might be different for other departments. Unless you continue to work in Germany- there's a very limited horizon for your academic career.


  7. "Working at FU as a RA"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends

    I worked at Freie Universität Berlin part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is decent and work environment & infrastructure is overall positive. At the same time, the demands on time for me were not too high, while opportunities for self-improvement were given.

    Cons

    In-fighting is a problem, and that also very ideologically charged. Overall this place is run by highly career-driven people and not necessarily in a good way.


  8. "Excellent working environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere
    Competitive salary
    Good colleagues
    Close contact to senior people

    Cons

    Sometimes unsual working times.
    Working experience depends on the area one is working in


  9. "Support and Helpdesk duties"

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    Former Employee - University's Library
    Former Employee - University's Library
    Recommends

    Pros

    student-friendly, well paid part-time job

    Cons

    could be boring and is not very challenging, barely any use for future advantage

    Advice to Management

    Involve students more into the work affairs and orginize social and employment events. Better feedback policies.


  10. "Guter Arbeitgeber"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Alle Vorteile des Öffentlichen Dienst bezüglich Urlaub, Gehalt und Zusatzleistungen

    Cons

    Abbrechnung der Dienstreisen dauert ewig (etwa 9 Monate), meist nur befristete Verträge


  11. "Eine gute Erfahrung mit guten Zukunftsaussichten"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Tolle Kollegen
    - Interessante Projekte und Aufgaben
    - sehr viele Freiheiten wenn es um Thema der Promotion geht
    - Selbständige Arbeit

    Cons

    - Selbständige Arbeit,
    - Betreuer hat öfters keine Zeit für Promotionsgespräche


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