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Inria Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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Inria Président Directeur Général Antoine Petit
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Pros
  • Very good Work/Life balance (if you can afford a life with that pay) (in 7 reviews)

  • Les conditions de travail (salubrit (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • me qui se retrouve dans tout le secteur de la recherche, particuli (in 14 reviews)

  • crire sur le salaire et, si vous travaillez en tant qu'ing (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Research Engineer"

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

    I worked at Inria full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hour, good environment for study, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    You can't stay there for long time, unless you can pass a competition which is very difficult.


  2. "Internship 6 months"

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    Current Intern - Internship
    Current Intern - Internship
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Inria as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great working atmosphere.
    - People from diverse cultures work together.
    - Great professors to learn from

    Cons

    - Very minimal salary.

  3. "Low wages nice environment"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Saclay (France)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Saclay (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Inria as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have plenty of time for yourself

    Cons

    No management, everybody does what he wants

    Advice to Management

    Bring real managers in


  4. "It all depends on the team you'd be joining"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Inria full-time

    Pros

    I find the experience of working at Inria varies a lot depending on the team you join. If you're interested in working at Inria, I would advise to take a look at the list of projects the team you'd like to join has worked on. Also do some research on the person who's heading the team.

    Pros:
    + Combining research and development
    + You might have the chance to work in either English or French (or both)

    Cons

    + Salaries can be much lower than if you work in the private sector
    + Some teams are heavily research-oriented, and the projects you'd be working on will probably not be very practical (meaning that whatever skills you pick up might not be very relevant or useful to you if you'd like to land a job in the industry later on).


  5. "Awesome research institute"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rennes (France)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rennes (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Inria full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with the Best brains.

    Cons

    No cons that I know of. You know what you get before you sign up.


  6. "Very bureaucratic"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Paris (France)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, amazing researchers. Very interesting projects are born here.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic, interns are paid 1/3 the minimum wage in France by default. Sometimes you're expected to work overtime.


  7. "Pas mal"

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    Former Employee - Stagiaire in Nancy (France)
    Former Employee - Stagiaire in Nancy (France)

    I worked at Inria (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No benefits for intern... heard that their researchers and post-docs have 40 days annul holiday

    Cons

    Not very well paid

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Working here won't give you a heart disease."

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Paris (France)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Inria full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment with exceptionally smart individuals supporting creative/different thinking.
    Very good Work/Life balance (if you can afford a life with that pay).
    Social views on employment (meaning that you will be treated as a human beeing). You can take your kid to school every morning without worrying about being late.
    Flexible working hours if you meet your objectives.
    No extra hours unless you really want too or you've reached "expert level" in research (meaning that you have nothing else to do except working).

    Cons

    Low wages considering that you can't work here unless you are extremely well educated (PhD level).
    Very political.
    Most of the people with a permanent position remain until retirement or until they die of loneliness.

    Advice to Management

    The state manages this research center by cutting its buget at every ocasion.


  9. "Marketing manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    team working, good atmosphere, good life balance.

    Cons

    low salary, difficult to run cross teams, close departments, scientists better appreciated . Premises out of town. Commuting difficult due to traffic, had to shift hours and it went better.

    Advice to Management

    better value contributing employees


  10. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Chercheur postdoctoral in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Chercheur postdoctoral in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Inria part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment. Excellent work/life balance with lots of vacation hours.

    Cons

    Mid to low salaries. Management needs better domain of english to work with foreign researchers. Paperwork for foreign researchers can be a hassle (a problem not of Inria, but of France). At the beginning, I said that a pro was the ease for traveling as part of your research project, but I had to change that now that they created a huge debt for me for the fact that they moved me abroad for a mission and when I had to go back for paperwork, having no domicile in Paris anymore, they first promised that it was OK to cover my living expenses for that small trip but now are asking me to return all the money because it was actually not possible. This, for me, breaks the whole experience.

    Advice to Management

    Improve salary for junior researchers, especially those who are on missions abroad. Improve english of management staff. Either ease the life for researchers who are sent abroad for collaboration projects or at the very least, make the rules very clear. My advise: if you are not French national, DO NOT accept a position that will relocate you outside of France. You will only suffer from the over-excessive paperwork, the lack of financial support and the extremely low salary of Inria in relation to other countries (especially the US).


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