CERN Reviews

Updated 18 Jan 2021

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3.9
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CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti
Fabiola Gianotti
182 Ratings
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  1. "Review"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Research Fellow 

    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place for flexible research where one can drive their own career

    Cons

    Short fixed term contracts. Difficult to get long term ones

    CERN Response

    June 15, 2020Head of recruitment

    Thank you for your review and to read that you feel you can drive your own career. The objective of the CERN Fellowship programme is exactly that: to act as a springboard to one's career, providing the work environment and working and learning opportunities to help one thrive and grow with a view to having a great addition to one's CV for their future career. All the best!

  2. "Amazing community but average work"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Technical Student 

    I worked at CERN full-time

    Pros

    CERN is a great place to be at. I participated in many interesting talks. All of my colleagues were very open and friendly, it was very easy to meet people. CERN clubs are a great way to develop a hobby.

    Cons

    Work can feel a bit disorganised. Depending on the team you get to, you may need to work with really old technology.


  3. "Good Overall"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Student 

    I have been working at CERN part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smooth application process Interview method via Sonru is okay

    Cons

    Length of time for feedback could be shorter

    CERN Response

    October 8, 2020Head of recruitment

    Thank you for your review and feedback which we will take into account. All the best, CERN Talent Acquisition team

  4. "Amazing place for research in international environment"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Fellow 

    I worked at CERN full-time

    Pros

    Best place to carry out particle physics research in the world

    Cons

    Isolated environment. Old buildings with no AC

  5. "Excellent Environment to Work in"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visiting PhD Scientist in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CERN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment to work in Unique Technical Facility The surrounding area is beautiful

    Cons

    Some may not like the management style

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Studentship 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CERN full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance, Really great international workforce

    Cons

    Can be quite disorganised and have ways of doing things that aren't very standard.

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    CERN Response

    November 18, 2019Head of recruitment

    Thanks for your positive review! We're very happy to read you had such a good experience. All the best!

  7. "Excellent"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at CERN part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful Atmosphere for research in Europe

    Cons

    Large environment can be confusing

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Technical Student"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
     

    I worked at CERN

    Pros

    Relaxed and friendly environment, conference opportunities

    Cons

    A bit too much internal team politics

  9. "Summer Student Programme"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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    CERN Response

    November 14, 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!

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineering at CERN"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CERN full-time for 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

    April 12, 2017Head 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 is publicly funded by its 22 Member States and the spirit is one of education and training, whereby people come to CERN to be trained and then transfer the knowledge on. There has to be healthy competition for the different programmes and posts to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants.

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