PI Quotes – 5 “Grad students don’t stay at the lab on week-end if their salary is too high”

I realized that until now, all my PI Quotes were either funny, either truly positive.  Nevertheless, we all know that some PI’s go from being a little offensive here and there to complete jerks. You can judge by yourself where on this ladder this one stands …

Let’s give some context: I’m on a conference, around a table, talking with other PhD’s, Post-Doc’s, and PI’s about our salary. We note that a swiss PhD student earns probably more then a french PI … (true story)

Then, this  PI says : “Grad students don’t stay at the lab on week-end if their salary is too high. They rather book a flight for a week-end in Barcelona ! That’s not good.”

That literally knocked my socks off because : 1 – He/She was not drinking, and 2 – It was not meant as a joke … 1% of me knew that there was so truth there, but 99% of me also shouted at him “sorry whhaaattttt ?” , noting that this person really thought that “grad student = dumb research robot that is meant to stay in the lab 24/7” …

At the end, beyond revolting, disrespectful, and contemptuous, it’s just really sad … 

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2 thoughts on “PI Quotes – 5 “Grad students don’t stay at the lab on week-end if their salary is too high”

  1. About the Swiss PhD student getting more than a French PhD student.. I’m pretty sure they have to pay more for daily life, since it’s just more expensive there… I guess you could figure that out using the famous Big Mac Index if you’d really wanna know 🙂

    About PIs.. Some can be really really unfriendly, I actually feel sorry for the people in such labs!

    • Indeed, I fully agree with you … life in Switzerland is crazy expensive; and they probably have the same amount of money left at the end of the month then we do in neighbouring countries …
      Best option is to work there, and live in France/Germany/Italy, right ?

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