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Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Reviews

Updated March 31, 2019
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  • "low work/life balance nearly absent" (in 7 reviews)

  • "No long-term jobs and permanent positions" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "MPI is a great company to work for"

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

    I worked at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    close-knit group, incredibly talented technicians, great PIs and staff

    Cons

    no negative comments to share.


  2. "Great Place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time

    Pros

    International reputation, smart people, high competence.

    Cons

    sometimes lack of supervision

  3. "Scince at its best"

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

    I worked at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time

    Pros

    Nearly unlimited amount of scientific freedom
    Strong bonds between lab of different expertise
    Rising awareness for phd community and women in science

    Cons

    Pay for phd candidates is low
    Some of the Max planck institutes are at remote locations
    Food is not the highest quality


  4. "ok place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time

    Pros

    very relaxed atmosphere, sparkling water machine, work on whatever you want to, no fixed hours, acceptable coffee machine, lively scientific environment.

    Cons

    the pay is atrocious, but this is standard in academia at the postdoc level. it is very far from berlin and nobody wants to live in Golm. foreigners get screwed on benefits and employments status.

    Advice to Management

    treat foreign employees like german employees; that is, allow them to join statutory insurance plans, and allow them to be eligible for unemployment and kindergeld.


  5. "Good place for a post-doc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
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    I worked at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time

    Pros

    Great place to do research: lots of freedom; international and stimulating environment; amazing colleagues; people work a lot (which is very motivating); great facility; decent compensation compared to other public research institutions

    Cons

    Compensation is still bad compared to industry positions; only temporary positions available (except directorship); some PhD-advisors appear not to do well at teaching their students and consistently have students who barely manage to obtain their degree; people tend to work a lot (which makes you neglect your work-life balance)


  6. "Very good"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Saarbrücken (Germany)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Saarbrücken (Germany)

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good env. for work and research

    Cons

    nothing bad in MPII at all


  7. "Excellent opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft part-time

    Pros

    Organised employer and lot of opportunity for career growth

    Cons

    nothing to complain about .

  8. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for doing research

    Cons

    Temporary contracts (most of the cases)


  9. "Depends on group leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time

    Pros

    Resources available to do research

    Cons

    The management has a lot of influence on the overall atmosphere


  10. "MPI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time

    Pros

    Extremely well equipped research labs

    Cons

    Göttingen a bit in the middle of nowhere