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It was a wonderful experience doing vacation work at CSIR.

The people appointed to be student's Mentors are friendly and humble.

All vacation students are part of a team and work on a project from day 1 of vacation work and present the findings at the end of the program.
Pros
You start working on the project from day one, you do the project to the end.
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None
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I was excited to work there. Sadly , the contract was short and it so happened that it couldn't be renewed , because of strikes and unfortunately the world pandemic (Covid-19) occured.
Pros
Free lunches every other day
Cons
Long working hours
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Bad politically charged place to work. They will just kick you out as they see fit.

I was very unhappy at the CSIR


My managers had their own agendas and the work environment was toxic and not condusive to development of females.
Pros
None
Cons
Disloyal employer
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The company is going through alot of financial problems which is affecting employee moral.Top management does not interact with emplyees.
There is not much career advancements.
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i basically working at lab where we process different material. And my contract will end soon so now im looking for another job in the field of sciences .
Pros
lunches
Cons
one
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I will surely work there again. I enjoyed the staff and had a good experience there. They are a company that look after there staff and provide them the tools to learn
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The environment is for people who love to conduct research. Good work/life balance. They are involved in very interesting work, people are kind and friendly, the campus is beautifully surrounded by nature.
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It is a good place to work, you learn a lot of different things every day brings a new challenge. Management is great, as long as you do your part you will enjoy it
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Very good place for career development involving exposure to various complex problems and contributes to enormous growth. Exciting different types of projects which require different problem solving skills and multidisciplinary approaches.
Pros
Diverse environment
Cons
Study till you die
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Hardest part is adjusting to the environment and systems

Best part is the training, access to conferences and experts from other institutions.


Management is very transformed but not the culture
Pros
Casual environment, Access to lots of training
Cons
Growth is limitted
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CSIR is a good place to work. They have a great research culture. I got the opportunity to work with great Scientists and Engineers. They provide a great opportunity for young researchers and Engineers to grow.
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CSIR is a government research institute where scientists from all fields can conduct their research. The bioscience department is friendly and supportive, however, funding is limited and many of the researchers struggle to get project funding and do not have job security.
Pros
Friendly
Cons
Funding
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CSIR has been going through changes that let a lot of employees unsettled. As they say change comes with risk; many people have been worried about the future of the CSIR and their job security; other than that I have enjoyed my years at the CSIR and have matured as a professional through exposure and opportunities CSIR has given me.
Pros
flexi hours
Cons
no benefits
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ive learnt a great deal in working for this company though i was a student but the people at this business unit will accommodate each new one like they belonged to the company long before, i learnt a lot of fascinating recent technologies.
one wouldn't say there was a difficult part of this company. I really enjoyed the art of science at the instituition
Pros
no limitations in terms of capabilities
Cons
i felt like i knock off early, i would remain behind
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the most enjoyable part of the job is that you get to work with people with more experience, they groom you to be the best. I learnt how to trouble shoot,also how to work with small children. the most hardest part of the job was to generate weekly report for 8 schools. overall it was nice working with csir
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free WiFi
Cons
weekly reports
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This is a great company to work for if you are looking for a job out of school to build your skill set and CV. Raises are few and far between, but the company consistently hires amazing people and the culture is a great reason to stay.
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Conducive workplace and flexibility in terms of working at your pace as long as you plan your work and deliver on due date.

Team leaders communicate
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
writing long reports
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The CSIR continuously encourages its Researchers and Scientists to pursue further educational and personal development through various career development programmes and platforms
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Lots of opportunities as a student and exposure to work with experienced scientists. Getting to work with SMME's towards delivering their products before going to market.
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Prepare media and conduct experiments, Good Laboratory Practice, Conduct literature research,Operate bioreactors.

The environment is scientific, yet relaxed
Pros
Informative
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Nice environment ,opportunity for growth and enhancement
Good career pathing.

Good communication from top to bottom.

CSIR is passionate about training and development of the staff, so far the training is in line to what you are appointed to do, you will be supported all the way.
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