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great astmosphere
Research Assistant (Current Employee), Oak Ridge, TNApril 18, 2014
Pros: experience, atmosphere
Cons: politics
working at ORNL is a cultural explosion and the work is fun. Not the highest compensation or benefits, but a good internship experience and completely worth it.
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A great place to work!
Senior Secretary to Director (Former Employee), 1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TNApril 10, 2014
Pros: great work environment, great co-workers, up-to-date computers and other office equipment.
Cons: campus located in remote area.
Enjoyed a variety of tasks in positions held. Given opportunities to lead and received positive feedback and encouragement. Worked for a variety of organizations and was able to gain insight into the research and scientific as well as service organization sides of the company. My contacts were with external and internal customers and appreciated the – more... challenge in providing extraordinary service to all. The most difficult part at times was maneuvering throughout the campus because of parking restrictions. But even this had a positive side because it provided needed exercise on days when I was tied to my desk. – less
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Dynamic and interesting
Instructional Designer and CPR Instructor (Current Employee), Oak Ridge TnApril 4, 2014
The work and people were enjoyable. It was fun to be a part of a National Security effort.
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Great place to work
Seasonal Laborer (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNApril 4, 2014
Great pay and great environment. Jobs vary from day to day keeping it interesting.
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Excellent science facility with a great variety of research opportunities.
Siemens STEM Academy Fellow (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNApril 1, 2014
Pros: performing experiments related to current research, collected data, contributed to research
Cons: time spent there was much too brief!
The time at ORNL was a unique experience provided by the Siemens Corporation. Twenty educators from across the United States were selected to work with research scientists at ORNL. I was very fortunate to have been selected from the many applicants. Each educator was placed into groups and assigned a team of researchers. There was a wide variety of – more... research taking place during that time: from solar radiation panels to energy manufactured by biological organisms. I was very impressed with the high quality of researchers who hailed from countries all over the world. – less
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System Engineer (Current Employee), oak ridgeMarch 23, 2014
ORNL has a great work environment when you first start. Benefits are great, pay is decent, and the environment feels as if you are at a college campus. They have an onsite cafeteria that is overpriced but it is good to have when you don't want to make the 10-15 minute trip to get something outside of the lab. The day to day work environment really depends – more... on your manager so you may have a different experience than what I have had. – less
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Amazing atmosphere
Staff (Current Employee), SNSMarch 13, 2014
Pros: rubbing shoulders with geniuses
Cons: too large a list to fit here.
I realize every company has problems. The atmosphere here is truly mind numbing. If you like micromanagement, and you like to see your coworkers in mental pain because of the pressure, and you like to pass people in the hallway that do not look up, but appear as if the end of the world is coming, and you like to do an absurd amount of paperwork to complete – more... anything, then you will like it at ORNL.

If not, please continue your job search. – less
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AWESOME Group of People - Great workplace!
Administrative Assistant/Records (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNJanuary 14, 2014
Pros: great pay and benefits; intelligent people
Cons: commuting distance from almost anywhere - it's a drive
Total years with ORNL as both full-time/permanent and contract employee: 10+

A typical day at work is BUSY, but working with fantastic teams, learning something new almost every day (with really organized management teams and fantastic co-workers), not to mention great benefits, advancement opportunities and pay - one cannot go wrong with this company. – more... If you desire to work with a company on the cutting edge, this is for you.

Hardest part of the job: properly and effectively categorizing and managing time and project deadlines

Most enjoyable part of the job: overall fantastic work teams in a multitude of departments, not just a few, good training, great equipment to do your job properly and management and coworkers who truly care about you and your career goals and are willing to help you achieve them. – less
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Great research lab
Research Intern (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNDecember 29, 2013
There are a lot of smart researcher there. I learn a lot by talking with them. The research topics are very broad. The co-workers are friendly .
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Worst place to work for
R and D staff (Current Employee), Oak Ridge, TNDecember 21, 2013
Pros: great facility and talented researchers
Cons: horrible middle management
Horrible middle management. Lots of politics and red tapes. Incompetent project managers. Great facilities and talented researchers. Insecure and highly political environment. High overheads. Improper use of tax dollars sometimes.
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Exciting, cutting edge technology - but kiss your personal life goodbye
Manufacturing R&D Engineer (Current Employee), Oak Ridge, TNNovember 4, 2013
Pros: good pay, and benefits. interesting projects to work on.
Cons: large demands on your time. job insecurity due to constantly seeking funding.
This is a great place to work if you are passionate about cutting edge technology. It is difficult, however, to have many outside-of-work interests as your job demands will most likely be very large.
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Interesting Work - Good People
Post Master's Researcher (Current Employee), Knoxville, TNSeptember 5, 2013
Pros: good job security, intersting work, good mix of people
Cons: red tape
Overall a good place to work. Good opportunities for advancement. Lots of interesting projects. Good people to work with. Good balance of seasoned staff and young people.

It's a government job though. Things move slow and lots of red tape. Efficiency is not exactly a major concern...
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Good place to work with great opportunity to diversify experience.
Research Assistant (Former Employee), BSEAugust 26, 2013
Pros: experience
Cons: daily commute
Great potential for well rounded experience. Good management and very understanding with new employees.
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productive
Postdoctoral research associate (Current Employee), Oak Ridge, TNAugust 18, 2013
nice place,
highly secured
well maintained
lot of greenhouses
flexible operational hours
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Wide range of systems and applications tasks
Research Staff/Group Leader/Computer Programmer (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNAugust 2, 2013
Pros: wide variety of work and technologies
Cons: extremely political and a lot of deadwood to deal with
Started my career writing accounting software to charge back software for computer resource usage of VMS machines. Later I was needed to write the same type of software for charge back of UNIX (ULTRIX) accounts.

Other Unix software included inactivity disconnect of interactive login processes and password updates. The password update system had to – more... be able to update distributed accounts from DES encrypted data sent from an IBM mainframe. Data decryption had to be done in memory and never written to disk which required the software to be written in assembly.

When PC networks were added to IT, I was responsible for designing software to search the distributed mailing system of Banyan Vines for classified data that was inadvertently mailed on the network. This software would accept a regular expression and return parts of messages that satisfied the expression and allow the user to confirm that this was the data being searched for. The user would then instruct the clients to overwrite the confirmed messages with a bit pattern which would totally remove any trace of the data on all mail servers.

I also wrote an inactivity disconnect client for Banyan Vines.

The last two years of employment was developing UI and server software for the ARM project (Atmospheric Radiation Measurement). This entailed a UNIX daemon service which would retrieve files from robotic storage repository using UniTrieve and an X-Windows and Web CGI UI which allowed scientist to log-in and retrieve data from the repository. – less
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Research oriented
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Intern (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNJune 21, 2013
Pros: the mentors
Cons: only for a summer internship
The first thing I did every morning was take a few minutes to review the work completed the day before. Next, I would brainstorm with fellow interns concerning the workload for the day and proceed to perform my duties. The most enjoyable part of the job was the collaboration with my mentor.
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An excellent facility for research.
Intern (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNMay 24, 2013
A great place to intern, especially with the tours of some of the various facilities on the property.
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administrative assistant/group secretary (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNMay 12, 2013
Pros: educational and training, great benefits and salary, good cafeterias and workout faciities, medical department and physicals provided plus immuzinations, very diversified personnel, great career opportunities for science, engineering and computer majors.
Cons: unclear administrative levels, lack of promotions for administrative staff, sometimes very heavy workload, salaried attitude toward administrative staff
ORNL is one of the leading companies in East Tennessee to work, and if you get hired, consider it a blessing. I was an administrative assistant for many different groups and divisions. I worked on (overall overview of all jobs I had) procedures, operating guidelines, set up interviews and passes for interviewees, processed paperwork for new positions, – more... had P-card responsibilities, proofed conference proceedings, tracted staff hours on projects, processed visitor passes and foreign national passes and paperwork, set up meetings and managed schedules for managers/group leaders, received guests, set up major meetings, worked as a user assistant in the user office where I entered proposals in the system and tracted statistics for DOE reporting, used all ORNL internal systems: SAP, AVID, PAS, and oher major systems, coordinated summer students orientation, set up filing system for and duplicated historic drawings into an engineering database, managed two fellowship programs and tracted statistics, assisted with conferences, took and transcribed meeting minutes for staff, and general administrative responsibilities. There is a great gap between weekly (administrative) and salaried positions where salaried are allowed extra privileges because they are salaried whereas weekly people are 40 hours a week. Attitudes toward administrative staff ranges from great respect to apathy depending for whom you work. There is not much advancement for administrative staff unless they bid out on higher ranking jobs. Your compensation level is not always clearly explained and many times you are just told you are a group secretary. Some divisions leave too much authority to division secretaries which can become very political and can damage lower ranking administrative staff's reputation with higher management and chances of any possible advancement. Many managers have no clue what their admins do and do not prepare professional yearly reviews. You more or less have to toot your own horn. However, training and educational assistance programs are great. Benefits are excellent and overall the atmosphere is good. Again, it really depends on who you work for, and like any company you will have positive and negative features. Overall, I loved the variety of nationalities I worked with and the staff at the Lab are great. Most folks are just plain folks and good people. Overall, I worked for and with wonderful people and had positive experiences. There are also great cafeterias at 3 different locations of the Lab, plus workout faciilities. Also the cafeteria organization provides excellent catering for meetings and retirement parties. Also, when I was there, the Medical Division was a great benefit especially if you were sick and couldn't see a doctor. Also, I thought it was wonderful that they provided a dietician and workout specialist for employees. Also, you can have confidential couseling if needed. ORNL is a wonderful company for young professionals in research, homeland security, computer science and engineering fields. I would recommend any young people pursing careers in these field to apply for internships with ORNL. If you are administrative and not wanting to move up the ladder or out of the admin field, it is not so lucrative. But the salary is excellent and as previously stated so are the benefits. I do miss working there, mainly I miss the wonderful people. Also, ORNL is improving their programs for administrative staff. – less
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Environmental Health and Safety Intern (Former Employee), Oak Ridge, TNMay 2, 2013
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Plenty of job security and interesting work
ORNL Worker (Current Employee), Oak Ridge, TNApril 19, 2013
If you do your job you won't have to worry about losing it. The bureaucracy is ridiculously bad. There are very few opportunities for advancement.

franco – May 4, 2013

Totally agree with above. Even if you don't do your job, Just create your own, as most employee's do there at ORNL! IT IS A MONEY PIT for TAXPAYERS! Too much middle management also!


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