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Not a great place for young people
Technology Engineer (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 10, 2017
The location, culture, and the latest management decisions make it difficult to advance your career. Your chances of gaining financial wealth and building a solid career is better in most other national labs/research institutes. There seems to be a lot of neglect and overall morale seems very low.
Pros
Work/life balance
Cons
Location, pay, opportunities to advance
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A steady paycheck and good benefits
Associate Staff Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Upton, NYJanuary 21, 2017
A zion for those with low ambition who wishing to do the bare minimum and still keep their paycheck. The vacation and benefits are excellent, but the pay is very low when also considering the cost of living in the surrounding area. Professional growth at Brookhaven National Laboratory is extremely lacking. There are no bonuses and promotions are based purely on seniority. However, there is also remarkably little chance of losing one's job due to lack of performance.
Pros
Job security, benefits
Cons
low pay, lethargic environment
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cutting edge research
Chemistry Associate (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYJanuary 17, 2017
I haven't worked there in over 20 years. I cannot say what it is like now. It was a great experience and I made good contacts for my future in science research.
Pros
flexible hours
Cons
job security
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Perfect company to work with
Electro-Mechanical RF Technician (Current Employee) –  Upton, NYDecember 26, 2016
It is very good to work here but i am looking to explore myself into different fields i dont know what else to say they had me in before I graduated from college
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Great graduate school environment
Junior Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYNovember 21, 2016
Spent time as graduate intern while completing masters in public administration. Suggest completing PhD if anticipating a long term commitment. Lot of very intelligent folks, who will keep you grounded.
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Calm work environment, excellent pay and benefits.
Quality Assurance Engineer II (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYNovember 15, 2016
Great place to work. You work with some of the smartest scientists and engineers in the world. People take pride in their work. There is a high level of responsibility that goes along with working on very expensive equipment with life threatening failure mode consequences. At the end of the day you feel good about working on something that will further science and perhaps someday lead to amazing practical results in the fields of energy and health.
Pros
Calm, civil work environment, Low pressure - high reward, Excellent pay and benefits
Cons
Subject to federal budget, Layoffs are frequent, Job security exists for a core few and the rest are treated like temp employees, Management can be overly bureaucratic and a bit out of touch.
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World Class Research Facility
Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYNovember 14, 2016
BNL is a great place to work. Difficult to get a full time permanent position. The work there in my field has become much more computer programming vs actually building and operating scientific devices
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Great minds Great Reseach
Senior Special Assistant for the User Office (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYNovember 13, 2016
An amazing place to work. You will start and finish at BNL, the best place on earth! The best people ever as co workers! it doesn't get any better!
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Good working environment, great people to work with
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYOctober 21, 2016
Great place to work, company provided necessary tools, materials to complete jobs, nice people to work with, good benefits
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Cryogenic Technician
Cryogenic Technician (Current Employee) –  Upton, NYOctober 3, 2016
Overall it is really good working here. Day to day activities can vary so much that you can't really explain it. I work on ensuring that cryogenic systems stay running and installing new systems as necessary.
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Basic and scientific research and training institution.
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYSeptember 27, 2016
Most of the days were spent planning and executing the development of metal chelators, their complexes, and metal clusters and nanoparticles as theranostic agents (agents for diagnostic imaging and therapy) for targeted radiation and chemotherapy. The management always came up with innovative ways to do research and co-workers provided lot of help and encouragement. The hardest part was working with radioisotopes with protective gear and equipment that at times limited dexterity and the most enjoyable part was working with co-workers, experienced senior scientists and management staff.
Pros
Flexible schedule.
Cons
Working with radioactivity required presence of mind to avoid accidents.
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Excellent Science work place
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYSeptember 6, 2016
Nice place to work. Good and friendly supervisors who provided valuable advices. Extreme science laboratory with bet equipments
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Productive, stress free, and fun and caring organization
Assistant Business Specialist (Current Employee) –  Upton, NYAugust 19, 2016
The typical day is stress free production with month end deadlines to meet. Most days there are new learning experience you encounter with great management who are willing to teach and share their knowledge. Life with my co-workers are fun and enjoyable we share and care for each other, we also celebrate each other birthday by each person contributing for the persons of the month birthday. The hardest part of the job is meeting deadlines, however, because of the culture of working together as a team and the desire to make the company achieve its goal we have been alway met the challenge successfully. The most enjoyable part of my job is achieving my daily goals.This is a very productive organization with great quality of life experience, This organization care about the well being of the employees.
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Mechanical Enineer
Staff Engineer (NSLS-II) (Current Employee) –  Upton, NYJuly 7, 2016
Good place to work and very good benefits.Would be good to have more salary hikes and more projects to work on. Since I need some more experience with more challenging work, I would prefer to work in other relevant industries.
Pros
teaching classes that improve skills as mechanical engineer
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Good Job
Janitorial Worker (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYApril 14, 2016
Challenging rewarding duties. environment is not the best. Needs a lot of Ethics and cultural training. Otherwise it would be an excellent place to work.
Pros
Work experience
Cons
The People
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Positives and Negatives
Facility Project Manager (FPM) (Current Employee) –  Upton, NYFebruary 17, 2016
There is a changing culture at BNL and new Leadership is making the place difficult to work for as a support employee. The science is fantastic and BNL is vital to both the country's ability to do research as well as the role it plays for the local economy.
People are hard working and believe in their individual purposes. The company has gone from a Not for Profit to a Profit organization and this change has caused some distress especially that the salaries do not compete with other For profit organizations.
Pros
Stability, benefit package, great people
Cons
Salaries, new leadership
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Great opportunity to work with professionals in many different disciplines.
Environmental Internship (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYJanuary 10, 2016
Great opportunity to work with professionals in many different disciplines. The size and work force on the site allowed for access to information and advice from various experts in very specific fields.
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easy life
Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYSeptember 29, 2015
nice people there; people work smartly, but not that busy; have time to chat; good weather; good compensation; full service on site including bank, gas station; post office;
budget is unstable too;
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Fellowship Program was great
Fellow (Former Employee) –  Upton, NYJuly 23, 2015
I completed the Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, and Security Fellowship program, and it was great. The speakers and course material was very informative and helpful.
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Good place to work
Sr Electronic Technologist (Current Employee) –  Upton, NYJanuary 28, 2015
BNL is a large national lab with many smart people to work with and collaborate with.
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