Mechanical Engineering Intern (Former Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – November 14, 2017
I interned here while I finished up my degree and learned a lot during the experience. It's important to be proactive here because it's really easy to coast. If you see some training that you think is interesting, speak up.
The long commute and bus ride was tough. I didn't like getting to work before the sun came up and getting home after it had gone down.
Not stressful. Unique opportunities that you can't get many places.
NUCLEAR FACILITY RESEARCH ENGINEER (Current Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – October 21, 2017
INL offers a lot of opportunities to do different work. Once you are in the door it is not overly difficult to move around if positions open up. It's a government agency, so the red tape can be aggravating, but if you expect that and get used to it, it isn't bad.
scientist (Current Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – October 2, 2017
It's a great place to work in a small town. Good salary and benefit, not much work pressure. Though locating in a remote town, you have a great many chances to outreach and collaborate with people from other places, so not feeling isolated at all.
Nation's premiere nuclear power research laboratory
Research Scientist (Former Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – September 7, 2017
Idaho National Laboratory is the nation's lead lab for advancement in nuclear power, but they also do work related to cyber security, biofuels, wind power, and risk analysis. The people are at the tops of their fields, and were the best part of my job.
Subject to the whims of congress, which leads to a lot of budgetary uncertainty.
Senior Communications Research Engineer (Former Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – July 21, 2017
INL is an interesting place to work since one can have exposure to many different technologies and branches of the government (if you can get the clearance). The lab is located in the middle of Idaho, so if one like the outdoors and small town vibe, this is a great place to work.
Summer Internship Vehicle Test Engineer (Former Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – May 30, 2017
Having a summer internship at INL gives students a good change to see how laboratory work is conducted. The internships provide a professional atmosphere where students can develop their skills and further their STEM education.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – November 2, 2016
I have been at INL for about a year now and I have learned so many new things. I have done everything from Accounts payable all the way down to scanning and filing. It is a good company, but super hard to get hired onto if you do not know anyone.
Bioenergy Laboratory Research Technician (Current Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – July 27, 2016
Work consisted of operating laboratory equipment. Maintaining said equipment and often troubleshooting errors. A large portion of my time was spent inventing a new biofuel extracting process to harness bio oil from biomass. The research and development side of this really fosters an environment that allows a creative mind to blossom and explore new ways to solve problems. The co-workers are very involved in there work, but do enjoy getting to know you.
Interesting scientific research with lots of bureaucracy
Chemistry graduate student intern (Former Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – May 4, 2016
Worked out at the site for five month internship, scientists and engineers I worked with were all very smart but had to tolerate a lot of paperwork and delays, which was frustrating for anyone wanting to get anything accomplished
Stimulating R&D environment; subject to abrupt scope changes
Research Scientist (Current Employee) – Idaho Falls, ID – November 5, 2015
As a multi-purpose laboratory supporting the US Dept of Energy the Laboratory attracts many highly skilled and driven scientists and engineers, which provides a dynamic environment where multi-disciplinary groups can work together to solve complex problems--that's the intent. On the other hand, while several larger programs have consistent funding and clear direction, smaller groups are often used sporadically to solve specific problems and later left to secure funding as it is available from outside sources. This leads to rapid scope changes depending on the current external funding opportunities and an apparent lack of internal direction for these supporting organizations. These changes make it difficult for staff to acquire depth in these disciplines relative to researchers in an academic or commercial R&D environment. For many, this provides an opportunity to practice a diverse set of skills and can be a stimulating and rewarding technical challenge. However as a result of these frequent changes, many competent and driven staff members have left to pursue careers where they can focus more intensely on their chosen technical fields.
Good facilities and knowledgable science and engineering staff, many meaningful and challenging technical problems to solve
Insufficient mentoring, lack of focus in suporting organizations, and apparent lack of succession planning as the workforce ages