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European Bioinformatics Institute Reviews

Updated 26 Jan 2020

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4.3
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European Bioinformatics Institute Co-Directors Ewan Birney and  Rolf Apweiler (no image)
Ewan Birney and Rolf Apweiler
22 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work-life balance, Amazon campus and infrastructures, good salary(in 9 reviews)

  • "EBI has the ingredient to be world class as tech as well as science but a shakeup is needed for it to fulfil its potential(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "career progression paths not well defined(in 14 reviews)

  • "For most there is a nine-year limit for working at the EBI - only a lucky few will get to stay longer(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work EBI"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator, Customer Service in Cambridge, England
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    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing work ethic and awesome scientific research area

    Cons

    Far from the town and you feel isolated from the whole world

    European Bioinformatics Institute2020-01-26
  2. Helpful (1)

    "friendly team"

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    Former Employee - Scientific Training Officer in Cambridge, England
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    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - varied role - initially a lot of opportunities for personal development - opportunities for travel - lots of opportunities to interact with people and do some teaching - Friendly team - good work life balance - very generous salary and benefit

    Cons

    - quite a lot of admin - a little repetitive after 2-3 years in post - limited career progression and development opportunities

    European Bioinformatics Institute2020-01-26
  3. "Good salary, highly dependant on group leader"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    For a UK postdoc position salary package is very good; good computing resources.

    Cons

    Experience depends highly on group leader you are working with. Most are very junior with little to no prior experience of managing staff, so very hit and miss. In addition they are under immense pressure to publish good papers, resulting in a high-pressure environment for students and postdocs as well. Comparatively long working hours. Terrible location.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-12-30
  4. "good campus, casual environment, nice colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatician 

    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good campus, casual environment, nice colleagues

    Cons

    many layers of management, constant reorganization

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-12-09
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    "Great Place but..."

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, England
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Environment, Diversity, Flexibility, Competitive Salaries, Benefits, People.

    Cons

    Middle Management can be improved. Feeling of distrust. No career opportunities.

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    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-11-23
  6. "Best place for science"

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    Former Employee - Trainee in Hinxton, England
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Meet brilliant people and live with an amazing science environnment

    Cons

    Away from Cambridge but there are bus to take you to the campus

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-11-11
  7. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Head of Web Production in Hinxton, England
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You work in a very dynamic, international environment, with leading experts in the fields of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, scientific computing experts, bioinformaticians and many more, supplemented by a strong HR, H&S and admin teams.

    Cons

    3x3 year contract maximum stay. Campus is far from the city of Cambridge. Transport is either by bus (free) or your own car.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-10-12
  8. "Amazing place"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist 

    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Growing path is not clear.

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-10-23
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Hinxton, England
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great environment. Great benefits. Lovely campus. Private healthcare. Paid international relocation

    Cons

    No clear career progression, you stay in the same role throughout your contract. Max 9 years employment.

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    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-10-17
  10. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Cambridge, England
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at European Bioinformatics Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice environmont Friendly people Best HR I have seen so far

    Cons

    Flat hierarchy Less career opportunities A bit far from city center

    European Bioinformatics Institute2019-09-19

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