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Excellent facility, but job security remains an issue
Postdoctoral Appointee (Current Employee) –  Lemont, ILOctober 18, 2017
The laboratory has excellent facility which enabled researchers to conduct state-of-art experiments. Especially APS, my favorite place, where the both top science and top scientists lives.
However, the job security/advancement remains an big issue those days as the funding has been constantly cut over years. Hardly ever heard some get promote from postdoc to stuff, at least in my department.
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Excellent facility
Cons
Job security
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Just being honest
Cook (Current Employee) –  Lemont, ILSeptember 18, 2017
Management was alright.. nice benefits but low pay... Sometimes it feels like your stepping on egg shells. things aren't really that bad its just very low pay....
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Graduate Research Fellow (Current Employee) –  IllinoisSeptember 11, 2017
Great place to have a work/ life balance, and meet scientists from around the world. Unfortunately, the research is slow paced and funding is never guaranteed.
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good workplace
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Lemont, ILJuly 24, 2017
Argonne is a great place for energy storage research, especially for Li battery chemistry. In Argonne we have a lot of facilities which can be used to study the battery system and a lot of experts who worked for battery a long period time.
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Well balanced envrionment and helpful coworkers
Undergraduate Intern (Research Aide) (Former Employee) –  Lemont, ILJuly 10, 2017
There were a multiple projects that took several days to complete
Every week there was a new event or presentation
Team is willing to help and assist in any way
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Great place to gain Internship experience
Technical Research Aide (Former Employee) –  Lemont, ILJune 19, 2017
They hire mainly PhDs for full time but this is a great place for students to gain internship experience. Mentors are really knowledgeable and personable. You get to work on some really cool things.The Chicago area is also a huge plus.
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Excellent National Laboratory
Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) –  IllinoisJune 16, 2017
Argonne National Laboratory is one of 10 national laboratories that provide the US with Science and Technology innovation. Highly recommend this laboratory.
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Best Place to do Application/Industry Oriented Research
Research Aide (Former Employee) –  Lemont, ILJune 12, 2017
Working at Argonne National Lab is like a milestone in my journey as a researcher. The atmosphere around the campus takes your mind to a higher level of understanding of Science and Technology. For me, it really enhanced my research skills and capabilities. I was working directly on projects given by industry to solve real-world technical problems. I learned a great deal things which will help me to perform in an intense and demanding industrial environment.
Pros
You get to hang around with some of the best minds in the world !
Cons
Limited Opportunities
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Excellent work/life balance and overall compensation and benefits
Anonymous (Current Employee) –  Lemont, ILMay 31, 2017
Workplace culture very much depends on the division and managers. Job security is dependent on the DOE budget. The laboratory's mission and work are meaningful. The people are great. There is a lot of favoritism though.
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Wonderful working experience
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Argonne, ILMay 10, 2017
After working as an at home mom for 5 years I started employment at Argonne National Laboratory. Benefits and compensation were very good.
Still in contact with past employee friends
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Argonne has many devoted and good scientists
Intern (Former Employee) –  Lemont, ILApril 25, 2017
Most of the people at Argonne are committed to impacting their field in a positive manner without alienating those around them. Overall it is a good environment, dedicated to change.
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Smart and funny people
Hardware Administrator/Security (Current Employee) –  Lemont, ILApril 20, 2017
Relax jobs with great time.My manager is a very helpful person. Workplace culture is great here.
Most division has their own little parties.
Here you a able to grow fast and learn a lot.
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Excellent Values, Work-Life Balance
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Lemont, ILMarch 27, 2017
At Argonne, you make a difference by working to solve some of the world's most difficult problems, with some of the best minds in the world as your colleagues.

Your experience will vary according to your role, but most staff works on government contracts which means that your position can end whenever the contract ends. Having said that, it is possible to make a lot of contacts within the lab and to work on a diversity of projects.
Pros
Outstanding work-life balance, autonomy
Cons
Far from the city
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Watch your back
Metallurgical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lemont, ILMarch 22, 2017
Some researchers are good to work for some are not. They can steal ideas, divert funding, there is no opportunity for advancement and management tends to only looks out for themselves. They provide no training in management, how to get funding, or anything else.
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Excellant
Matetial Helper (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDFebruary 20, 2017
Great place to work. Warehouse work that involved pickups, forklifts and handcarts daily. Sorting, delivery, and pick up of mail daily. This included U.S. mail and and interoffice mail. Sorting, delivery, and pick up of laundry bi-weekly. This included clean and soiled. Pick up, fill, and deliver Liquid Nitrogen cylinders weekly.
Pros
Wonderful enviroment and people
Cons
Long cummute
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Nice Lab
Sr. Radiological Controls Technician (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 25, 2017
Folks were great, Lab was great, All the people I worked with were outstanding. There is even rental apts onsite. Work wasn't too bad either.
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Exciting cutting edge facility
Systems/Network Engineer (Former Employee) –  IllinoisNovember 17, 2016
Engaging, diverse and multicultural University like environment.

The APS Beamline hosts users from all around the world and is the brightest X-ray source in the world. Every day continues to be an education.
Pros
Good Benefits
Cons
As a part of the Department of energy there is quite a bit of Government red tape.
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Great place to lear new and diffent talents and culters
Lead Senior Technician (Current Employee) –  IllinoisNovember 17, 2016
Argonne hires a lot of foreign employees, so the best part about this job would be learning about all the different cutlers that are present here.
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Great place to learn
Summer intern as Research Aide (Former Employee) –  Lemont, ILSeptember 1, 2016
I did my summer intern at Argonne. Its a great place to work. Huge number of cool projects are happening on daily basis. Lots of learn.
Higher management is very helpful.
Pros
Lots to learn
Cons
10 weeks is very less time to learn so many cool things happening at Argonne
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Very professional work environment
consultant, provided health physics support (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 20, 2016
Weekly meeting to discuss progress on various projects. Learned what other professional were working on and the progress and problems they en-counted. .Group participation in addressing problems en-counted by the other groups. Worked mostly alone with little supervision. however, assistance was always available. The hardest part of the job was leaving at the end of a day. The most enjoyable was returning to the job the next day
Pros
Quality of professionals
Cons
The position was one of a contractor and budget was always a concern.
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