There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.
--Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, Saint Denis in book 13, ch. 3
In the Feb. 10 issue, after polling 2,800 postdocs, we highlighted the best places to work and the factors that contribute to job satisfaction. But in the box for free-text comments, quite a different set of verdicts was being delivered. Most of the 600 comments were shrieks of protest, frustration, misery, and fury.
A typical remark: "... You are not paid what you deserve, but you are working more than you are supposed to do to get the job that you want. It is a very bad culture to take advantage of those who are interested in science by not giving them the job and making them work hard for free (almost free)."...