Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2020

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4.2
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Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Präsident Martin Stratmann
Martin Stratmann
56 Ratings
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  • "There is a lack of permanent positions(in 13 reviews)

  • "The salaries are still often not fair (eg post-doc earning as much as PhD students) and contracts can be very shorts(in 11 reviews)

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

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time for 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"

    5.0
    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"

    4.0
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    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"

    4.0
    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.

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  5. "Good place for a post-doc"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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. "generally pozitive"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Student/Scientific Employee in Cologne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. normal working contract. Brutto salary includes all insurances (health, unemployment, pension fund) 2. administrative aspects of work are straight-forward 3. well-funded research + travel money etc.

    Cons

    1. no good legal protection in cases your worker rights are not respected (eg: right to take holiday) 2. little support in case the supervisor moves to a new institution 3. no human resources support in case of abuse from supervisor or any work conflicts 4. institute directors avoid creating permanent scientist contracts, being discouraged by the top-management

  7. "A great place to grow professionally"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Leipzig
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities to grow as a professional - Top of the line technology - Very Smart People

    Cons

    - Poor managment - Poor guidance of students - Sometimes they give you "stipends", which is less money than you should get, and no social benefits.

  8. "Great place to amazing science!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hannover

    I worked at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place, funding, people, resources, facilities, opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any, honestly!

  9. "Salary review"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tübingen
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    creative enviroment, new technologies, good salary, flexible working hours

    Cons

    high load of task assignment

  10. ""Fantastic place to do research""

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Berlin

    I have been working at Max-Planck-Gesellschaft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Top-tire research facilities and faculty

    Cons

    Culture can get a bit stressful

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