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SHIPPING AND RECEIVING LEAD (Former Employee) –  Golden, COSeptember 6, 2017
I worked days. I learned a lot during my time here.The management is very supportive..NREL is a a good place to work if you are looking for stability.
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Great mission, poor management
EDUCATION COORDINATOR AND SPECIALIST (Current Employee) –  Golden, COSeptember 5, 2017
Just not a great place to work. The missions is really good but there is no cohesive vision and very little room for advancement. Experience is rewarded over new ideas. And experience can mean just years, not prior positions, etc.
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Productive and Fun place
Network Security Engineer (Former Employee) –  Jefferson County, COJuly 15, 2017
Great mentors, Very productive, Awesome culture, Creative ideas, Growth, Job Security, Amazing location, Learnt new technologies on a dial basis, Subsidizes food.
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Great Campus
Internship (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJuly 13, 2017
Great campus close to outdoor activities and working for a good cause. Good work life balance and great learning and working environment. Great exposure to clean energy.
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Work is fantastic
Senior Analytical Chemical Technician (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJuly 12, 2017
The work is amazing, the work environment needs a little revamping. The benefits are excellent, the hours are flexible. The politics sometimes get in the way of getting work done.
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Great mission, doesn't quite make up for the toxic environment and political BS
Specialist IV (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJune 29, 2017
Good people are leaving due to leadership, bureaucratic nonsense perpetuated by the lab itself. Work-life balance seems to be going down with morale. So much potential, corrupted.
Pros
Awesome research and campus, telecommuting, health insurance
Cons
Management/leadership, unhealthy work dynamics
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Productive and a great experience
Enzymatic Sampling Intern (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJune 2, 2017
I'm working at NREL as an undergraduate intern, and since being here, I've been able to experience so many new lab techniques, etc. If I didn't have this internship, I would not have learned them!
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Great work environment, great people
Energy Regulatory Analyst (Former Employee) –  Golden, COMay 30, 2017
I would research federal and state permitting processes for permits that were relevant to renewable energy development. I would create summaries and flowcharts of the processes that were meant to help developers navigate the regulatory processes relevant to starting a renewable energy project.
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Great Mission, Great People, Great Job
Web Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Golden, COMay 24, 2017
I loved my time at the lab. The focus on work/life balance is paramount, so I never felt overworked or underpaid. Plus, you get to feel good about helping to promote renewable energy in the U.S.
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Helping the environment
Graduate student internship (Former Employee) –  Westminster, COMay 16, 2017
Everyone here is dedicated to advancing knowledge, usage, and technological advancement of Renewable Energy. Hard working people with a purpose. HQ down in Golden is amazing.
Pros
very good cause
Cons
some beauracracy
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Great opportunities for personal knowledge and growth
Lab Technician (Current Employee) –  Golden, COMarch 23, 2017
NREL allows you to work among world class intellects while doing bleeding edge research.

Management is largely dependent on your manager, as is the case most places.

Hardest and most enjoyable part of the Job are the same. R&D.
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Flexible scheduling
SolidWorks Mechanical Design Engineer Intern (Current Employee) –  Golden, COMarch 22, 2017
As an intern it was great having the flexibility to schedule around my classes. The rest of this review is to meet their 150 character minimum, sorry ...
Pros
Free lunches on occasion, you're saving the world (that's a plus)
Cons
low compensation rate
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Great mission but confused management
MANAGEMENT ANALYST (Current Employee) –  Golden, COFebruary 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.
Pros
The facilities, the campus, the flexible working schedules, good salaries, good benefits
Cons
Siloed management, rampant micromanagement, poor communication from and between senior managers, funding dependency on Congressional appropriations
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Laser annealing system
INTERNSHIP (Former Employee) –  Golden, COJanuary 2, 2017
Assisted in the development of a model of a LASER ANNEALING SYSTEM that will produce better PV Cells (programming with LAB View).
Pros
love the job
Cons
It was only an internship
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Nrel
Sustainability Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Golden, CODecember 7, 2016
It was a pleasure working at NREL and to be a part of their mission. I was very proud of the laboratory's accomplishments while I was there.
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Fun
Employee (Current Employee) –  Golden, CODecember 6, 2016
Pros: Great company! A good place to retire. Easy going. Culture is nice. People are nice. Great pay. Great Benefits.

Cons: Not for the ambitious. Glass ceilings.
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Terrific company to work in
Graduate Intern (Former Employee) –  Golden, COSeptember 8, 2016
Great place to work in; I enjoyed my tenure as an intern. Everyday I get to work on exciting problems and the colleagues are just wonderful
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Not bad
Sr. Systems Analyst, INFOSEC (Current Employee) –  Golden, COMarch 14, 2016
Like anywhere, your experience as an employee at NREL depends upon your direct management. I've been lucky enough to have a manager that's alright. With budget cuts over the past few years, things are a bit tight, and some divisions could use a moral boost.
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Great place to work with awesome mountain views
Systems Engineering Intern (Current Employee) –  Golden, COMarch 14, 2016
A very good place to work. They involve you in great projects which you really want specially in early stages of your career.
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Great mission and friendly people
intern (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJanuary 5, 2016
NREL mission is superb. Renewable energy has potential to be the way of the future. The downside is that it's funding by the national government could be better. Other than that, the atmosphere is great, and the work-life balance is respected. Benefits are also a plus.
Pros
benefits, work-life balance, beautiful campus in Colorado, great mission
Cons
budget
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