Our words

People working at CERN have answered questions like "Why should the people we want to work at CERN want to work at CERN?" and "How challenging is your work?"

See what they say:

"It is excellent to work in a collaborative work environment. The atmosphere at CERN lends itself to innovation, with everyone working towards one goal."

Mark , Engineer in vacuum

"Having worked in the industry for over 15 years, in many countries and continents, I can say CERN is a unique place to work - I have never experienced anything like this before."

Michail , Engineer - IT

"CERN is an extremely diverse environment, with countless challenges, and a world leader in its field. I couldn't think of anywhere better to work!"

Mark , Engineer in vacuum

"CERN's environment is competitive, but to share knowledge and competencies is of primary importance in the Organization…working together with a common objective is great...your colleagues will easily become your friends!"

Alessandro , Mechanical Engineer

"CERN affords the possibility to work with skilled people originating from many different parts of the world and gives a chance to develop not only as a specialist, but also as a human being."

Szymon , Engineer in IT database group

"The benefits and remuneration are excellent affording a high standard of living. Also the variety and standard of the sport and leisure facilities in the CERN area is first class. "

Paul , Technician - Vacuum

"I think people want to work at CERN for the international environment and work on very high level projects."

Rodolphe , Electrical Technical Engineer

"Here you're not put in strict frameworks of big and unfriendly corporations. You're part of something exciting, with people, time and resources needed to develop a new and better reality :)."

Szymon , Engineer in IT database group

"I work to build a new electronic safety system for the accelerators and this involves all my knowledge and my commitment."

William , Engineer in the Beam Loss Monitoring System

"The work is very demanding, the learning curve is very steep."

Robert , Physicist

""There are so many reasons why it’s great to work at CERN! There’s a lot of excitement and you can feel it around you.""

Rakhi , Fellow in Theoretical Physic

"For me the nicest thing about CERN's collaborative work environment is that one constantly gets hints and new perspectives on the problem from other people."

Robert Physicist ,

"Thinking differently, exploring new ways, imaging a new world."

Luca , Engineer in Computer Systems

"If you ever dreamed of travelling you're in a very good place. In the vicinity are beautiful places in Switzerland, France and Italy - a good start, so alongside interesting work, a flexible leave system you get the chance to travel anywhere!"

Szymon , Engineer in IT database group

"Because CERN offers the best opportunity to share knowledge with other people coming from different cultures, and CERN's environment is based on the respect of the workers."

William , Engineer in the Beam Loss Monitoring System

"At CERN you can find a real friendly community, we work hard but with passion, and living Geneva gives the chance to enjoy a multicultural city with an incredible choice of leisure and cultural activities."

Alessandro , Mechanical Engineer

"At CERN, it's precisely the challenging work that give me the motivation to improve my knowledge."

Rodolphe , Electrical Technical Engineer

"Working at CERN is like enjoying a privilege...you know that you don't work just to make money, but you can contribute to push forward the limit of the knowledge."

Alessandro , Mechanical Engineer

"CERN is unique, it's an awesome place in an wonderful part of the world. We don't make products, or services directly - only cool stuff for the advancement of science."

James , Electrical Engineer

"Because of the challenging evironment!"

Jose , Vacuum Engineer

"The challenge is hugely varied, from adapting to the size of the facility through to collaboration with colleagues of various origins and disciplines with a wealth of knowledge and experience. I can only describe my experience at CERN thus far as a great "

Paul , Technician - Vacuum

"CERN organizes different clubs for leisure: from cars to sailing, to pilates, etc. CERN also has the spirit of work flexibility which helps work/life balance."

Valeria Perez , Physics - Training

"Within the remit of my role at CERN, the team faces challenges on a daily basis. On many occasions we are trying to accomplish something that has never been done before, so challenges are inevitable."

Mark , Engineer in vacuum

"When faced with a difficult problem (often) I think very hard. If this doesn't solve it, then usually one of my colleagues has a suggestion that will."

James , Electrical Engineer

"It's crucial that we keep finding new ways to answer old problems as well as new ones. Here at CERN we are always looking for a better way of doing things in all areas of work."

S.J. , Administrative Assistant

"It is perfect! In my area, grid computing, I collaborate with institutions from all over the world. It can only benefit the individual who has the opportunity to work in such a distributed environment."

Michail , Engineer - IT

"People at CERN are encouraged to develop their own approach to solve problems, it's important for your personal growth."

Alessandro , Mechanical Engineer

"It's nice when staff working on the experiment can help out with getting things done to improve their own experiments."

James , Electrical Engineer

"I love my working team and since I arrived here, honestly, I have never had one day where I didn’t want to get up in the morning to go to work!"

Sarah , Administrative student

"My bosses all encourage creativity and new ideas; I feel empowered to make suggestions and ask questions like I never have before when working for other organisations."

Zoe , Technology Transfer Officer

"Cern offers a flexible working style. The environment has a lot to offer: the lake, the mountains, the cities around the lake (from small cities like Vevey to big ones cities like Geneva and Lausanne). The people are very open minded."

Robert , Physicist

"Everyday I am facing new problems."

Jose , Vacuum Engineer

"Because at CERN you are an individual with ideas, personality and a voice. You share CERN's vision, but you do it with your own eyes!"

Tsvetelin , Engineer in GS department

"At least once per week you have to tackle a "new" challenge...that means you will never stop learning something new, it is really impossible to get bored!"

Alessandro , Mechanical Engineer

"At CERN you can participate in work on very big and important things - you could help develop something that could make our lives better and broaden understanding of the building blocks of the world around us."

Szymon , Engineer in IT database group

"The constraints on how to tackle a problem are minimal at CERN. What counts are the results of the work."

Robert , Physicist

" CERN offers a good balance, there are real possibilities of career development, and there is an efficient structure to help the workers in all the different aspects of living in the area."

William , Engineer in the Beam Loss Monitoring System

"Working at CERN makes you think in a different way. Excellent colleagues and collaboration makes the impossible a reality!"

Mark , Engineer in vacuum

"Working at CERN is extremely challenging! I'm working on many projects (from small to large, theoretical to practical) in English and French and I'm responsible for everything from the detailed engineering to the scheduling and budget control of each one."

James , Electrical Engineer

"It is a great work-life balance. Personally for me it wasn't possible to achieve this level of balance with any previous commercial company. "

Marcin , Technician

"I can do that precisely because everything looks possible at CERN. It seems there are no limits. "

Rodolphe , Electrical Technical Engineer

"Working at CERN is not only an exploratory journey at the forefront of particle physics but it is also an amazing human adventure where diversity, collaboration and respect are part of the game."

Frederic , Civil Engineer

"Work at CERN is very challenging - not only in terms of technical knowledge - but also in terms of soft skills, such as presenting and sharing knowledge. "

Szymon , Engineer in IT database group

"CERN has quite a few perks. I enjoy being in Geneva (for skiing, wine and cheese). I like being paid enough so that I can go home to visit my family, and afford somewhere to live."

James , Electrical Engineer

""The boundaries are "pushed" without even realizing it. CERN is in itself an institution which enforces and encourages all the powers of each individual's creativity nature. "

Michail , Engineer in IT

"The unique opportunity to contribute to the most important scientific experiments of our time. "

Paul , Technician - Vacuum

"At CERN you can find a real friendly community, we work hard but with passion, and living Geneva gives the chance to enjoy a multicultural city with an incredible choice of leisure and cultural activities"

Alessandro , Mechanical Engineer

"Collaboration at CERN is very interesting and needed for improving the knowledge of all."

Damien , Engineer in electronics

"You can share different points of view and discover new ones. You can learn new things from different environments and people, from the new summer student to the experienced employee or the external expert in the field."

Luca , Engineer in Computer Systems

"Physicists or Engineers. Administrators or Computer Scientists. Here we all have something to contribute and this combination really creates a global feel: we all speak different languages and yet we all speak the same."

S.J. , Administrative Assistant

"Work is driven by motivation and finding solutions to unforeseen situations. Therefore a very challenging working environment, no work day is the same!"

Valeria Perez , Physics - Training

"I feel lots of freedom for my proposals and their execution. It think it is a good place for people who love their jobs as we can really profit from pushing back boundaries..."

Marcin , Technician

"Just knowing that you are encouraged to express your opinion and imagine the unimaginable makes you push yourself."

Tsvetelin , Engineer in GS department

"The fact the personnel are from a large variety of locations and backgrounds opens your mind to new ideas, techniques and solutions to tasks. "

Paul , Technician - Vacuum

"CERN is at the heart of Europe, this make easy to visit different places but It also offers the possibility to enjoy the life itself, organizing conferences, debates, club activities and sport events."

Luca , Engineer in Computer Systems

"There are a lot of clubs to find new friends."

Jose , Vacuum Engineer

"I have an extremely flexible schedule, which I can arrange to spent time with my family and kids, profiting from the many indoor and outdoor activities that are available in the surrounding area."

Marco Rovere , Physicist / Engineering

"Partners, family and friends are all encouraged to join in with the multitude of sports, leisure and social activities, so it is easy to balance work with play."

Zoe , Technology Transfer Officer

"I can have a good work-life balance because the overall benefits package allows me to concentrate on my work without concerns in parallel for my family."

Rodolphe , Electrical Techincal Engineer

"The collaborative working environment is one of the major strengths of CERN. There is, quite simply, nothing else like it. "

Zoe , Technology Transfer Officer

"In general it is always challenging and that's exactly the beauty of it, especially since you are forced to be on the edge and learn new things almost everyday."

Marco Rovere , Physicist / Computing

"Working at CERN is to become part of a new, exciting reality, at the edge of technology; pushing the frontiers of our understanding of the world with new discoveries"

Luca , Engineer in Computer Systems

"Wow! It is a constant challenge because here nobody accepts anything but perfection - and even that is then questioned. It's always so satisfying to keep the positive change happening as that's how we move forward as an organization."

S. J. , Administrative assistant

"In my field this is simply the most prestigious place to work in the world."

Jose , Vacuum Engineer

"The challenge is constant because of innovation in new domains"

Damien , Engineer in Electronics

"We're free to imagine because a new solution is needed every time - and open minded people are what make it happen."

Damien , Engineer in electronics

"Every day I face new problems and every day is a new challenge trying to overcome these to build something reliable and stable using creativity and innovation."

Luca , Engineer in Computer Systems

"I would consider my field of work very challenging: a dynamic environment, interfacing with multiple people/sections, technical complexity, etc."

Michail , Engineer - IT

"Having long experience in industry I will have to say that due to its density and complexity CERN is challenging at any level. Even if you are highly experienced you will find something unique."

Marcin , Technician

"CERN is like a big, proud family. The atmosphere is lively and there is a genuine sense of community amongst people from many different countries."

Zoe , Technology Transfer Officer

"It is an excellent opportunity. Personally as a team player I enjoy sharing success with others."

Marcin , Technician

"The most striking thing I noticed is that you have the unique opportunity to work with the best physicists and scientists in the world (in its wide meaning, from people doing analysis, to people designing the software to run the experiments...)"

Marco Rovere , Physicist / Computing

"Challenging enough to make me look forward to every day and be able to learn new things on a daily basis."

Tsvetelin , Engineer in GS department

"The international environment enables me to explore and to test different ways to solve a problem. "

Rodolphe , Electrical Technical Engineer

"At CERN, we are driven by a passion to excel at everything we do; it's the only way we can dream of doing what we do, because you can enjoy the challenge of striving to continuously outperform without negative competition."

SJ , Admin

"CERN actively encourages people to take part in activities external to work. A huge number of groups and clubs exist within the CERN community ...it would be difficult not to find something interesting outside of work. "

Mark , Engineer in vacuum

"CERN is a unique workplace: from the human side we interact with many cultures/nationalities and from the work side there is no limit to imagination and creation. "

Valeria Perez , Physics - Training

"The positive 'can do' mentality is infectious. It is immediately apparent that the foremost considerations here at CERN are progress, improvement and the quest for knowledge."

Paul , Technician - Vacuum

"CERN offers better conditions than industry, more holiday, health insurance, career opportunities, job security , opportunities for internal and external training."

Damien , Engineer in electronics

"CERN is a unique facility in the physics world. At CERN one has the opportunity to work with some of the world's brightest people."

Robert , Physicist

"Working at CERN is great, it is an international collaboration and one of the largest research centers in the world. The combination of both makes it a wonderful community to work for."

Valeria Perez , Physics - Training

"It is excellent to work in a collaborative work environment. The atmosphere at CERN lends itself to innovation, with everyone working towards one goal."

Mark , Engineer in vacuum

"That's the most intriguing part: since the problems you have to face are always challenging and new, you have to explore new ways of solving them. And in the process of finding them you gain knowledge and invaluable experience."

Marco Rovere , Physicist / Computing

"Because they can gain excellent experience and enjoy every minute of that."

Marcin , Technician

"Who says women are not good at science? CERN gives the possibility to everyone from whatever gender, religion and culture to give his contribution to the science and technology development, cause the only thing that really matters are your ideas."

Chiara , Vacuum Engineer - IT

"How could you not love living around here? We have mountains, the lake, a quality of life that is hard to beat. There is an international feel and yet it is small enough to feel personal. It soon feels like home, wherever you are from."

S.J. , Administrative Assistant

"Such a big project needs to be faced using different approaches. This brings you closer to new technical competencies."

Jose , Vacuum Engineer

"Different backgrounds, different cultures, different nationalities, in a collaborative environment give the possibility to reach great results in term of work and personal growth."

William , Engineer in the Beam Loss Monitoring System

"My work is challenging in a realistic way; enough to keep me enthused but not so difficult as to make me feel like giving up!"

Zoe , Technology Transfer Officer

"CERN makes you push the boundaries of creativity and imagination. You need to think out of the box to solve situations/problems never dealt with before, no Google is useful here to find solutions!"

Valeria Perez , Physics - Training

"It's very, I mean *very*, hard to meet someone at CERN who hasn't got a smile on his face and a positive attitude."

Tsvetelin , Engineer in GS department