I have been working at Freie Universität Berlin (Less than a year)
Great Professors and mentors, good access to equipment and lab space. Nice location right outside the city of Berlin
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
I worked at Freie Universität Berlin full-time (Less than a year)
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.
While the university is known for its international staff, however it is very difficult to obtain a permanent position as a foreigner
I worked at Freie Universität Berlin full-time
Good academic research and high quality of education
There is not English speaking lectures
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Great research university in a beautiful city. Smart students, friendly colleagues, excellent libraries and buildings
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.
I have been working at Freie Universität Berlin full-time (More than 5 years)
Green campus, very affluent in grants
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.
I worked at Freie Universität Berlin part-time (More than 3 years)
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.
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.
Close contact to senior people
Sometimes unsual working times.
Working experience depends on the area one is working in
student-friendly, well paid part-time job
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.
Alle Vorteile des Öffentlichen Dienst bezüglich Urlaub, Gehalt und Zusatzleistungen
Abbrechnung der Dienstreisen dauert ewig (etwa 9 Monate), meist nur befristete Verträge
- Tolle Kollegen
- Interessante Projekte und Aufgaben
- sehr viele Freiheiten wenn es um Thema der Promotion geht
- Selbständige Arbeit
- Selbständige Arbeit,
- Betreuer hat öfters keine Zeit für Promotionsgespräche
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