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CERN Reviews

Updated 22 June 2017
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  • Difficult to have a permanent position (in 11 reviews)

  • de comprendre un minimum la physique (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Student"

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Senior Management
    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!


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    "Software Engineering at CERN"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fellow
    Former Employee - Fellow
    Recommends
    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. "Nice experience"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    Pros

    very stimulating work environment, top salary for Physicist

    Cons

    Difficult to have a permanent position


  6. "Fellow"

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

    Pros

    Perfect working environment
    Possibility to grow up in the field of your employment.
    R&D it's great, due to the high investments.

    Cons

    The only thing I can say it is too perfect.

    CERN Response

    1 Jun 2017

    It's so endearing and encouraging reading your review and learning that you find CERN to be such a great workplace. Thank you very much for taking the time to post it.


  7. "Electronics Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Associate Research Electronics Engineer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Project Associate Research Electronics Engineer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice multi-cultural place to stay for a period, to learn new skills and meet amazing people

    Cons

    No cons, as I need to write something..., when you arrive you are a bit lost, looking for place to live in Geneva sometimes is a nightmare and time consuming

    Advice to Management

    Amazing place, top of research and, continue like this!

    CERN Response

    1 Jun 2017

    Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad to hear you are enjoying your time at CERN. We are currently working towards improving the integration of newcomers in the area so hopefully it ... More


  8. "Great place, for more reasons than just the work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accelerator Operator in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Accelerator Operator in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CERN (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fascinating work, trustful and collaborative atmosphere, lovely area, lots of sciency and lifestyle perks

    Cons

    None (and I have to put at least five words here)

    Advice to Management

    Great place as well as institution, thanks


  9. "Summer intern CMS Experiment"

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    Former Employee - Associated Member of Personnel in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Associated Member of Personnel in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends

    I worked at CERN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent team, Technically challenging, steady growth potential

    Cons

    Member state employment , Collaborations maybe limited to expertise


  10. "Technical Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Student in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Technical Student in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, people from all over the world, flexibility on schedules, forefront technologies

    Cons

    The overall experience depends on the department you are assigned, I know about some guys left completely alone by the supervisors


  11. "Technical Student Programme - Electrical & Electronic Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Student in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Technical Student in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Leading Edge Research subjects
    + High Tech Equipment
    + Multicultural Environment
    + Good Salary
    + Training Courses
    + Nice Area(France&Switzerland)

    Cons

    - Transportation(only for the French side)

    CERN Response

    7 Apr 2017

    Thank you very much for your positive review. We wish you the best for your next steps!


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