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It is fun and enjoyable, and the research environment is very good
Research Associate, Systems Integration Division (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDMarch 22, 2016
NIST provides the flexible working environment. Researchers at NIST are very friendly. I met many good people, and they are very supportive.
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Work environment with experts behind every door
Engineering Technician II (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDFebruary 1, 2016
There are literally experts behind every door willing and able to help you accomplish your goals and tasks. Your day typically starts with a morning chat with your colleagues while you check your email. Then the work day begins. You can take lunch at your leisure which is very nice.
Pros
Helpful staff
Cons
Paperwork
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A great place to work if you are obsessed with the details of science
Guest Researcher (Former Employee) –  GaithersburgOctober 10, 2015
Surprising amount of productivity and stress for a government job. They work on fairly arcane issues, typically involved in physical sciences. One of the few remaining physical science research institutes in the USA. The work is a dream, but it is difficult and most there are very obsessed with their jpob
Pros
Lots of support, state of art analysis facilities
Cons
You really need to be very focussed on your work constantly
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Very work friendly environment
IT Specialist (Security) (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDOctober 3, 2015
I work full time at this job, I learned not only IT security policy but know how to fix the vulnerability within web application and networking.
Pros
flexible work schdule
Cons
none
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Research Campus
Safety Technician (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDAugust 25, 2015
Basic Government ran campus. Some nice people here, some not. Red tape hindering progress. Safety is on the back burner as in most places.
Pros
Training, more safety training then you will ever need.
Cons
No "By-In" for staff
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Nice working environment with talented people
Associate (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDAugust 23, 2015
Co-workers are nice and friendly. It is a well-known national institute. But you have to be patient to all kinds of paperwork.
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Fun workplace Environment
Web Developer/SURF Program Intern (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDMay 25, 2015
Good workplace environment and culture.

Pair programming was highly used to develop the software service.

Excellent coordination amongst team members.
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Intellectually challenging but an opportunity to learn new things continuously
Manufacturing Engineer, Dakota (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDMay 9, 2015
Research work involves using various manufacturing system modeling tools and methods. The results are demonstrated after several weeks. But often once a week presentation of progress. A typical day is a day at the desk studying, modeling and writing.
Management is supportive, and co-workers for the most part great.
Hardest part is when the approach I take to develop and integrate my models does not fulfil expectations. Most enjoyable part is having to learn, demonstrate and have industries and other stakeholders use reaults. That is, when they are in agreement with the work accomplished.
Pros
Some benefits, travel opportunity and meeting many talented professionals
Cons
Limited vacation time
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Nist
Engineering Technician (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDNovember 28, 2014
I have worked here for 8 years.
There is job stability.
Many employees have been here for years.
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Very support team to work for
Server Administrator (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDAugust 11, 2014
Security is key at NIST. There is a need to wear many hats working in a DevOPs
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Great Work, Lousy Recognition
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDMay 28, 2014
NIST does some amazing work, and some people find a niche that they thrive in. Not me. I enjoyed my work for a time, and I was good at it. My supervisors, though, would only acknowledge my contributions in hollow compliments. A promotion was nearly impossible to achieve. High performance ratings were, I was told, only for those who could "walk on water". In reality, HR reported that 17% of my peers "walk on water". HR, though, is just a tool of management, and resolving a performance rating dispute is futile.
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Great work environment
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDApril 15, 2014
NIST has a very productive atmosphere and high standards for technical performance. The potential for collaboration and interaction with experts in the field is very high. It is a wonderful place for a focused and ambition person to make an impact. On the downside, haphazard funding allocations (partly due to congress) makes response to new demands a bit sluggish. Although its a great place to get a lot of good work done as a Post-Doc, its often a dead end with only about 1 in 20 becoming a permanent hire due to low turnover at the upper levels.
Pros
a dream team of late career scientist
Cons
permanent postitions hard to come by
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Scientifically rewarding place.
Physicist (Current Employee) –  Boulder, COMarch 11, 2014
Scientifically rewarding place, with a large amount of flexibility.
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Gov't Research Lab.
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDNovember 29, 2013
Research for Micro/Nano assembly
Programming and Controller
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Guest Researcher (Current Employee) –  Boulder, CONovember 22, 2013
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Needs a visit to the fountain of youth
Physicist (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDOctober 2, 2013
Because there are no incentives in place to encourage very senior (60+) staff to retire, many of the staff are very old, not current on new techniques and consequently set in their ways. This also means that there is little chance for permanent employment. My biggest criticism is that the management did not provide a mechanism for dealing with workplace abuse.
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equipment
Cons
staff
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Excellent Work/Life Balance
Physical Scientist (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDJuly 22, 2013
As a government agency, NIST offers solid wages, excellent benefits and most importantly, a healthy work/life balance.
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Excellent place to work
IT Specialist - ZP-2210-II (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDJune 8, 2013
Excellent place to work. This was a very good learning environment. I had a good time getting to know the team.
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A very vibrant work environment
Student Intern (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDOctober 1, 2012
My typical day at NIST involved researching and clerical work. But I actually enjoyed it because there was always something to do.
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Great place to gain practicle lab experience.
NRC ARRA Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDAugust 6, 2012
Good place to gain lab experience with professional dedicated coworkers.
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