Idaho National Laboratory Employee Reviews

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Productive
Postdoctoral Chemical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJanuary 13, 2017
Nice work environment and helpful employees. Management is extremely helpful too, but the future always remains uncertain because of the political environment and funding situation.
Pros
Good people
Cons
Not good job security
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Professional Research environment
Bioenergy Laboratory Research Technician (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJuly 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.
Pros
Compensation and benefits
Cons
Can be bureaucratic
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The place to be for an internship
NEUP Intern (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJuly 13, 2016
I loved INL in my time there working for NEUP. They were flexible on hours, encouraging for growth, and in a beautiful location. All in all it was an amazing experience.
Pros
Hours
Cons
Cold winters
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Interesting scientific research with lots of bureaucracy
Chemistry graduate student intern (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDMay 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
Pros
4-10 schedule
Cons
No one seemed happy working there
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Associate Administrative Specialist (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDApril 19, 2016
Good place to work. Comparable salary per the industry. Good, smart and fun co-workers. Worked for the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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Stimulating R&D environment; subject to abrupt scope changes
Research Scientist (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDNovember 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.
Pros
Good facilities and knowledgable science and engineering staff, many meaningful and challenging technical problems to solve
Cons
Insufficient mentoring, lack of focus in suporting organizations, and apparent lack of succession planning as the workforce ages
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Export Compliance Analyst (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDSeptember 23, 2015
Overall good people but the work got to be very routine. Unfortunately, as a Federally funded research institution there was a decent amount of bueracracy and politics.
Pros
Good People
Cons
Office cubes.
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Excellent Employer with great employment security
Senior Scheduling Specialist (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDApril 27, 2015
If you want job security, solid income and love this area of the country, you cannot do better than working for the Idaho National Laboratory, particularly if it is for the primary contractor, Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA).
Pros
Salary, benefits, job security
Cons
Commute to remote lab locations
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Worthwhile and experience packed
Procurement Services/Business Analyst Intern (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJuly 19, 2014
Management was good along with the pay. Opportunities to show what you can do was available.
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First professional job from college
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDMay 2, 2014
This company strives to have every employee advance themselves. The assist in education fees, and work around class schedules as much as possible. Multiple extra employee activities you can volunteer to do.
Pros
Education, advancements available.
Cons
Very hard to be hired
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Fast paced Computer Support
Infrastructure Representative II (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IdDecember 26, 2013
A typical day at work was wonderful! I loved helping my customers and being able to figure out what they wanted before they even knew! I always had happy customers!
Pros
I learned new things every day!
Cons
Nothing
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Highly Professional Environment with Technical Competence
Database Marketing Analyst (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDDecember 21, 2013
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is one of a dozen national laboratories located across the United States under the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy. The INL is an extremely professional organization with highly skilled technical experts. With a focus on nuclear energy and national security, the INL has the ability to leverage world-class facilities to attain human capital from across the country.
Pros
Great benefits and experience coworkers
Cons
Low job security due to rapidly change federal budgets
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Good job / personal life balance
Quality Engineer (Former Employee) –  Site and town locations convenient to Idaho FallsNovember 27, 2013
While INL is the top pay in the local economy, they are careful to not be over-achievers in a national scale. Overachievers must move to keep ahead of salaries being normalized to the job.

Typical corporate bene's package.

Not plagued by hire-and-fire mentality. Go ahead and buy a house.

The distribution of promotions, or lay-offs for that matter, does not reflect the cross-section of the INL population, but rather, reveals an activist "affirmative action" element in the HR department.

The INL is in process of "finding itself" - and has been for more than a decade. It's nothing that a good mission would not fix. But in the interim, with the current U.S. trends away from nuclear energy, the lab suffers an identity crisis.

The DOE customer does not help a lot, as the current INL management team has persuaded them to stop acting like customers. And because it is easier that way, they seem to have agreed.

Needs an enema from the top down, but that can be said of many places, eh?

Overall, a good workplace for personal life balance. Seldom requires overtime. Unless you have children and both parents work at "site" facilities. The long bus ride and early a.m. departure time are not conducive to attentive parenting.

Job locations can be at site facilities or town, depending on what you do.

S. E. Idaho is a polarizing place. Night-clubbers will HATE it. Families like it. Outdoor types are in heaven.
Pros
Good balance of personal and professional life
Cons
Fractured. No unifying sense of mission or purpose.
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Great opportunity to work suppliers and program managers and engineers. Developed a great relationship with suppliers.
Manager, Quality Supplier Performancer (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDSeptember 12, 2013
I had the privilege to enjoy working in the areas of purchasing, material requisitions, supplier evaluations and supplier delivery performance, inventory control and inventory and cost analysis.

Within the past five years, I was given the opportunity to be the project manager for an infrastructure expenditures project valued at $200 million. This entailed directing project engineers and other business associates to establish schedules for completing Statements of Work (SOW), coordinating acquisitions with procurement staff, and receipt and inspection.

I was given the opportunity to develop an Approved Supplier Performance Evaluation System. The System measured the supplier's delivery performance, shortages or overages and product damage. I was asked to present the Evaluation System at two Idaho governor’s conferences and to several Department of Energy (DOE) Managing and Operating contractors. My presentations have been informative and gratefully appreciated.

I enjoyed working with the people in the Procurement organization. We were in many respects like a family. I especially enjoyed meeting and working with suppliers.

In March 2013, I was laid off due to the INL's Restructuring In Force Program. The INL management required a 25% reduction in G&A workforce.

Even leaving employment under these circumstances, I enjoyed the many years at at the INL.
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Productive, innovative, very leaner centered
Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDMay 7, 2013
Co-workers are great to work with. Enjoyable to attend work everyday. Management was constantly evolving practices.
Pros
Flexible Schedule
Cons
Commute.
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Very poor management. very top heavy.
various positions throughout career (Former Employee) –  site wide as job dictatedApril 20, 2013
Dysfunctional leadership team that expects high morals of its employees but the leadership team messes around with its employees and has affairs at headquarters. No job security. Constant dark cloud of layoffs and then hiring...and then layoffs. Too many managers. Hard work is not rewarded. Too many people refuse to work at the desert facilities so the ones that do never see their town management, who are totally disconnected from their orgs, and they layoff the desert people, expecting the town people to change their behavior and commute full time to the desert. Doesn't happen.
could be an awesome place to work. General employees are awesome and professional. Helpful, hard working and team oriented.
Pros
good pay and benefits
Cons
very poor management team with low moral values, hence low employee morale site wide.
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A place to work
Instructional Technologist (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDMarch 27, 2013
Great place with great co workers, job is enjoyable
Job is challenging
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Boring
driver (Former Employee) –  INEL, Idaho Falls, Id.February 5, 2013
Delivered material to project and kept tract of inventory on hand
Pros
met new people
Cons
working 11 months of graveyard shift
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Good place to work
Civil Engineer (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJanuary 3, 2013
Good place to work. Long commute if assigned to desert location. Frequent changes in management. Good people to work with. Long hours and ride were the hardest part.

Learned many new things, a variety of work experiences was good.
Pros
variety of work
Cons
long ride
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Excellent Professionalism
Executive Assistant (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDNovember 8, 2012
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) provides opportunity for growth and advancement. There is a high focus on safety of the lab. Mangers and co-workers are a pleasure to work with.
Pros
professionalism, involvement
Cons
budget cuts
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