Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employee Reviews

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Leader in Research, Innovation and Development
MICROSYSTEMS ENGINEER, R&D STAFF (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNFebruary 21, 2013
Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers the opportunity of fast growth as a scientist. Due to the variaty of projects that come every year it expose the research staff to a constant multidisciplinary environment. It offers the employess with great compensations and benefits packages not to mention that a never ending learning experience.
Pros
benefits
Cons
job security
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Comment – March 24, 2013

Try comparing to other DOE Labs...This lab is a smoke screen and management has ruined the environment.

Comment – July 12, 2013

Waste of Taxpayer money. Too much Management and middle management.

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Great place to work as a young researcher
Post Baccalaureate Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNSeptember 11, 2012
I spent most days in the lab either running samples or properly maintaing experiments. I spent alot of working on new skills i developed there.Such as ICP-OES Single pass flow through method, and mining through articles.
Pros
great place to learn alot from.
Cons
location in oak ridge, tn
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No promotions, Really don't care about workers, Losing money, management stinks
na (Former Employee) –  ORNLApril 14, 2012
Really don't care about workers, Losing money, management stinks.
Really never learned anything. Out of control costs, and over exaggerated for a Lab compared to other labs. Employees think it's a plant for some reason? I still can't figure where UT fits in the name...
Cons
can never move up.
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Comment – November 14, 2012

Other labs have much more going for them, but they don't have a clue about other DOE Labs. They do real projects in other labs, and don't make like they are just working. Management really isn't management, and the people in these positions are really worried about their own jobs.

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Challenging position at preeminent national lab
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Knoxville, TN, USAFebruary 20, 2015
ORNL is a good place to work if you want to be around some of the most advanced computing and other sciences in the world. Lots of good people tend to be hampered by clueless management. The endless jockeying for funds get old.
Cons
in the middle of nowhere
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Ornl itsd
Citrix Engineer (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNOctober 19, 2014
This is run more like university than business. The co-worker are very unprofessional and there no clear direction on project and poor communication skills make it hard to complete projects,
Cons
there have been a lot of management changes which are leading to morale issues.
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Great, but not permanent.
Environmental Sciences Post-Bachelor (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJanuary 7, 2015
Job security here is not the best. Many positions are only guaranteed for 1 year with the possibility of renewal after that. However, it is a great place to work.

Coworkers are all great. Management style is relaxed.
Pros
work environment
Cons
job insecurity
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Interesting Work - Good People
Post Master's Researcher (Current Employee) –  Knoxville, TNSeptember 5, 2013
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...
Pros
good job security, intersting work, good mix of people
Cons
red tape
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Compelling work that really mattered
Intern (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 6, 2012
ORNL provided me with a fascinating and highly educational look into the vastly complex world of nuclear nonproliferation. I learned a tremendous amount about the nuclear fuel cycle, the development of nuclear weapons, and how these interplay into global politics today.
Pros
outstanding pay
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Excellent place to work
Finance Manager (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNDecember 3, 2014
Management and co-workers are concerned with the end product and making life at work more enjoyable. You can be proud that you supported the overall accomplishments of the company even though your task are back office.
Pros
pleasant atmosphere
Cons
pay
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Good place to start
Engineering Contractor (Current Employee) –  Aberdeen Proving Ground, MDDecember 3, 2012
Using ORISE as a starting point is great. They offer a decent enough fellowship pay but there are many headaches. They don't remove taxes because it is considered a fellowship not employment. The pay is good but not competitive with equivalent private sector jobs.
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Cool subject matter
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJuly 22, 2014
The workers are nice, but have a can do attitude. The subject matter is interesting and there is enough work to be done to keep even the most motivated individual busy
Pros
salaried intership
Cons
no long term options for b.s. degree
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Very political place to work.
Post-doctoral Researcher (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJune 8, 2015
Everyone here is out to work for themselves. If you can work with that, this is the place to be. Anyone who is strong and independent probably should steer clear of this place.
Pros
The pay
Cons
It grinds up your soul.
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Great Place to Work
Small Business Liaison (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNApril 21, 2012
If you're fortunate enough to get a job at ORNL, it's a great thing. There are many opportunities to advance and increase your salary. The people are nice and the benefits are the best!
Pros
pay and benefits
Cons
having to go through security to come and go
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ORNL Life
Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNDecember 12, 2012
Its pretty good, but busy as always with a post-doc. I would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity as there are plenty of collaborations to start, so publications are easy to come by.
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Excellent Summer Internship
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJune 14, 2015
Wonderful opportunity to intern as a research assistant for a materials scientist. I spent the summer performing research on nuclear graphite materials. I learned a lot about writing research reports and submitting research for publication. One of the best educational experiences of my life.
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Worst place to work for
R and D staff (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNDecember 21, 2013
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.
Pros
great facility and talented researchers
Cons
horrible middle management
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Great place to work, allows for out-of-box-thinking
Graduate Researcher (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNApril 15, 2013
Always busy
Kept on task with good Boss
Amazing facilities
Excellent Security
Pros
occasional free lunches on site, very friendly people
Cons
very secluded, (but very secure)
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Amazing opportunity
Summer Research Intern (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge TennesseeJuly 9, 2015
The best place you could hope to work at period. There are lots of unique people and machines here at the lab that make working here a once in a lifetime experience.
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Great place to work
Jr. Radiological Control Technician (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNOctober 8, 2014
• Rad/con surveys in support of cask/carrier shipments
• Rad/con surveys in support of reactor startup/shutdown
• Material clearance surveys
• Instrumentation and Dosimetry
• High Radiation and High Contamination entries
• Radiological work permits
• Hood and Hot Cell work
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Would not recomment this place to anyone, too much govt red tape
Sensor Systems Research & Development (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNSeptember 1, 2014
Too much govt involvement for me. For every one person working there is at least 4 people watching you. Countless govt regulations...
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