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CERN Reviews

Updated 6 February 2018
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  • It's hard to reach a permanent position (in 16 reviews)

  • es, il n'y a pas beaucoup de contrats sur le long terme et il est difficile de les avoir (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed and friendly environment, conference opportunities

    Cons

    A bit too much internal team politics


  2. "Summer Student Programme"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CERN full-time

    Pros

    This is THE place to be for physics! As a summer student you get to not only work with amazing physics at one of the world's most amazing experiments, you also get to share this experience with others who are as passionate about their subjects as you are.

    Cons

    I don't really think there were any downsides to the Summer student programme, perhaps that it is only available for a limited time.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure what to write in this section, I think the Summer student team did a really good job at organising this programme.

    CERN Response

    14 Nov 2016

    Thank you for your review. We are really pleased to learn that you enjoyed being part of the summer student programme. We wish you the best for the future!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineering at CERN"

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    Former Employee - Fellow
    Former Employee - Fellow
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * CERN is a melting pot for great passionate people you can learn from
    * I had many opportunities to go to conferences to listen to and give talks which was supported by management
    * People are open to new ideas and even on a short term contract I had a lot of influence on technical decisions made
    * The hierarchy within my group was no barrier, I could easily talk to my boss and his boss if I had a problem

    Cons

    * Some of the systems have a lot of history and therefore a lot of technical weight (legacy code)
    * The system of contract types and the opportunities to change between them is too rigid. For example there is no natural transition from a Fellow contract to a staff contract.

    CERN Response

    12 Apr 2017 – Head of recruitment

    Thank you for your review and for the positive feedback! we are pleased you got so much out of your fellowship at CERN. For what concerns there being no natural 'transition' between contracts, CERN... More


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  5. "An exciting place to work at."

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    Former Employee - Senior RF Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior RF Engineer
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CERN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging projects. Lots of technical resources. Continuous training programs. Best work/life balance.

    Cons

    Working after hours can be required. Night shifts. Very long term projects.


  6. "CERN"

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

    I worked at CERN full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with an international work force. Focus is on quality as opposed to speed. Great salary. Location is amazing. Best job ever and sad my contract finished.

    Cons

    Sometimes the selection process of awarding permanent contracts to staff is questionable.


  7. "Fellowship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CERN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, challening work with an international elite. Many opportunities in growing and learning new abilities. Internationally good reputation.

    Cons

    Limited possibilities to stay for a longer time. Limited duration contracts with many extensions. Depending on the group budgets are tight and private laptops have to be used.

    Advice to Management

    Do not think on a short term but care about the future of your employees. The working conditions are very good and it is fun to work here.


  8. "Nice but..."

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Meyrin (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Fellow in Meyrin (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CERN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice salary, good pension scheme and health insurance

    Cons

    working environment, not really social colleagues


  9. "Best workplace to be an intern"

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    Former Employee - Technical Student in Prévessin-Moëns (France)
    Former Employee - Technical Student in Prévessin-Moëns (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Satisfying salaries even for intern positions
    - Multi-cultural environment
    - Supportive colleagues
    - Lots of opportunities for side training
    - Quite a lot of days of annual leave
    - Plus you get to do visits and guided tours in the experiments and other facilities

    Cons

    - Teeny-tiny first-world problem: There are two major sites where you will possibly be working. In Meyrin and Prevessin. Prevessin, where I've been working, is a little bit secluded. Especially if you don't have a car, during the winter you'll probably have to rely on a shuttle that runs just a couple of times every hour to commute.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing a good job


  10. "Great Place to work and enjoy"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Meyrin (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Meyrin (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CERN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary
    International environment
    Mountains nearby
    Great holidays

    Cons

    Big structure all the possible downsides of it.


  11. "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CERN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The leave days are perfect, you get 40 days per years
    The money is very nice for the area if you leave in France
    Relocation indemnity is quite a bit and helps you get set up
    Handles the paperwork for moving for you

    Cons

    Not very interesting job activities.
    The technologies are somewhat outdated but they are trying to improve the situation. But it could be better

    Advice to Management

    Allow firing of people that do not do much work during their working time.
    Get rid of weird contracts that have an expiration date


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