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Fantastic place to intern
Internal Dosimetry Intern (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDNovember 9, 2017
My experience as an intern at the Idaho National Lab was fantastic, would recommend to any college student. Pay is good, my management was good, and the experience was unparalleled.
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Advanced Test Reactor Station Manager (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDOctober 31, 2017
INL is a fast paced challenging environment. Not for those who want a 40 hr work week.. Highly technical and requires specific knowledge and experience in the nuclear field
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Lots of different types of work to do.
NUCLEAR FACILITY RESEARCH ENGINEER (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDOctober 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.
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Great place to work
scientist (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDOctober 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.
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Nation's premiere nuclear power research laboratory
Research Scientist (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDSeptember 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.
Cons
Subject to the whims of congress, which leads to a lot of budgetary uncertainty.
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Work with great people of knowledge and skills.
Economist / Systems Engineer / Designer (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJuly 28, 2017
Management falls short in understanding what management is. As in many organizations, you have to wear the right underwear, have the right after hours, and have the right relationships.
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Interesting work in the middle of nowhere
Senior Communications Research Engineer (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJuly 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.
Pros
Interesting work
Cons
Location
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Productive and fun environment.
Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDJune 6, 2017
Great people to work with and lots of intelligence throughout the organization. Health benefits are great and management support for all employees is awesome.
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Summer Internship Vehicle Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDMay 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.
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Good for Student Intern
Student Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDMay 25, 2017
I worked as a Student Research Assistant performing literature review and identifying cyber incidents. It is good for someone who wants to gain work experience of cyber-security.
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Fun work, lots of on job training
Security Police Officer II (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDMarch 8, 2017
A normal day consisted of daily checks, and learned time management. Work environment was professional. The people I worked with make it the most enjoyable.
Pros
Workout at work
Cons
Sometime had to work more then wanted
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safe place to work
Superintendent (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDFebruary 27, 2017
It is a safe place to work, with opportunities to grow with the company with good hours and shifts. There is a variety of work and there are multiple locations..
Pros
Free Bus Ride
Cons
none
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Web Developer (Former Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDFebruary 24, 2017
It was a great place to work. I loved the management and everyone there is very friendly. I learned a lot on web development and people were there to help you if you needed it.
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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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Different aspects to every job.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Idaho Falls, IDNovember 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.
Pros
Great Pay
Cons
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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