Great mission but confused management
MANAGEMENT ANALYST (Current Employee) – Golden, CO – February 8, 2017
This organization has a fabulous mission, a beautiful campus, and relatively good benefits, with a flexible work environment. NREL hosts thousands of dedicated and talented people, but the executive management team has reduced communication (both channels and information) in the last year following new leadership. This research engine hosts some of the most sophisticated facilities and capabilities in the world for studying energy efficiency, and if you're a research scientist or engineer, it could be very fun to work here. However, if you do anything on the business support side of the house, you are held in low esteem. Project management rigor is virtually nonexistent, resulting in poorly planned and sloppily executed projects. Business units are now more siloed than ever, and there is little integration between them, resulting in increasing inefficiencies. Funding is largely from Congress, although there is increasing emphasis on acquiring industrial partnerships.
The facilities, the campus, the flexible working schedules, good salaries, good benefits
Siloed management, rampant micromanagement, poor communication from and between senior managers, funding dependency on Congressional appropriations