Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Employee Reviews

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Great people too much bureaucracy
Technical Intern (Former Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYMarch 27, 2017
While I learned a lot during my short time at Knolls, I found it hard to get past the bureaucratic nature of the facility. Due to the secretive nature of the work, the company takes security very seriously and going to work felt as if I was going to a prison.
Pros
9/80 work schedule, do not have to take work home
Cons
strict security, slow moving nature of projects
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Fun Place to work
Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYJanuary 31, 2017
It is a fun place to work. Room to learn and to improve. You will find the best engineers who are willing to help. The only problem that i had was in my group, every 18 months we have a new Manager. The new one will try to settle and know people, and he will take another position within the company.
Pros
Good Place to work
Cons
Career advancement
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Strong ethical enviroment with a common company goal
Instructor-Navy (Current Employee) –  West Milton, NYJanuary 2, 2017
I taught most days in lectures, seminars and labs.
The organization as a whole knows what its goal is and has a clear view of it, However it tends to elevate some positions more than others which leads to division. Also its a government contract company so there is no big rush to ever accomplish anything.
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A comfortable job but nuts
Engineer of Radiological Work (Current Employee) –  Schenectady, NYJune 2, 2016
The navy has a great goal 0 accidents. If you play to those rules and try your best you'll do fine with the occasional how did this go wrong meeting.

The attitude is so pervasive and risk avoidance so high; work doesn't get done without a long, painful, expensive and frankly ridiculous process.

That being said it's a 9/80 work schedule, you won't be fired and you get tremendous personal freedom to try and get whatever you can accomplished.
Pros
9/80 work schedule
Cons
management
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Decent
Cognizant Crane Engineer (Current Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYMarch 3, 2016
Decent Company. Good benefits. Great job security. Culture is not the best...but it is improving. It seems if you work hard it goes noticeable. At least in the department that I work in.
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Great place to work
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYJanuary 17, 2016
Work stays at work, not expected to work overtime, interesting fulfilling work, everything was great and i enjoy myself at work.
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Stable job with flexible work schedule, limited advancement
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYSeptember 4, 2015
Stable job with a flexible work schedule. There is a lot of interesting work being accomplished here. Cons include tremendous amounts of red-tape and below average salaries.
Pros
Flexible Work Schedule
Cons
Salary, advancement
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Great place if you can stand the weather
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Schenectady, NYMay 16, 2015
Job Work/Life Balance - You can't take your work home with you, so once you leave you're done. In the time I was there I think I came in on the weekend once or twice total.

Compensation/Benefits - Benefits are incredible compared to most jobs. There is no longer a pension, which was a big deal to a lot of new employees, but everything is so good I didn't mind at all. Compensation seems to lag behind because of recent pay freezes from the DOE.

Job Security/Advancement - Once you're in and make it past the trial period, it's really your choice on how long you work there. As long as you aren't aggressive to co-workers or don't respect the security rules, you're in for life if you want.

Management - Compared to other jobs I've had, despite some of the typical "my boss is an idiot" type conversations, they're incredible. Truly inspirational leadership that sets a great example for employees to follow; if they choose to.

Job Culture - Pretty laid back for what you're working with and who you're working for. Not uncommon to see half the building out for a lunchtime walk on the bicycle track. Most people are smart, friendly, and outgoing. This is something unusual with engineers and scientists, but really nice to be around.
Pros
Coworkers, Interesting work, Leadership
Cons
Can have suffocating rules, armed guards, no personal electronics
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Typical Day
Senior Engineering Technologist (Current Employee) –  Schenectady, NYOctober 20, 2014
Most of my time is spent developing new procedures and developing software to solve the design drafting communities problems and concerns
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Very good place to gain a foundation for a strong career.
Facility Designer (Current Employee) –  Schenectady, NYJanuary 2, 2014
KAPL provides an atmosphere that gives people the opportunity to gain knowledge in their chosen field and the potential to branch off into other fields if they feel that is necessary.
Pros
Pay, benefits, job security
Cons
Relaxed atmosphere, hesitant for change
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Intense workplace with a mission to support the naval nuclear fleet
Specialist, Team Lead (Current Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYSeptember 29, 2013
A routine day of work includes working on quarterly publishing releases, which may come to a screaming halt if a boat is in need. Then, all stakeholders stop what they are doing to solve whatever technical or safety issue is at hand. Teammates collaborate to get the job done.
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Excellent place to work.
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYOctober 1, 2012
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory has a perfect work life balance. Brillant folks work there and ensure your transition in to the company is smooth.
Pros
9/80 work schedule, benefits, salary, atmosphere
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Not a great place to work
Associate Engineer (Current Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYApril 17, 2012
They don't keep people after 6 month trial periods. Awful onboarding process and people there seem miserable
Pros
short schedule
Cons
lack of job security for new hires
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Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) is a good company to work for.
Network Engineer (Current Employee) –  Schenectady, New YorkFebruary 23, 2012
KAPL is currently owned by Bechtel supporting Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program operated by Department of Energy. The company is very proud to serve the country, and we strive to keep the high standards for the government. Many employees are proud to be part of this and are very proud of their work.
Pros
stability, high values
Cons
reduced benefit coverage
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Good technical work
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Niskayuna, NYFebruary 16, 2012
The technical work at KAPL can be very good, but sometimes the procedures and processes get in the way. The best benefit at KAPL is the 9/80 work schedule where you work 9 hour days and get every other Friday off. It has been great for quick weekend trips or for projects around the house.
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3.7
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