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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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Fun and exciting workplace
Intern (Former Employee) –  Knoxville, TNAugust 22, 2014
A fun workplace with a strong company culture.

Coworkers are helpful, and highly motivated.
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Overall good experience.
Medical Language Specialist/Administrative (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNAugust 4, 2014
Overall good experience. Excellent benefits. Enjoyed my work day.
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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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Summer Internship
Research Internship (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJuly 14, 2014
I enjoyed my work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I worked here over the summer.
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great astmosphere
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNApril 18, 2014
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.
Pros
experience, atmosphere
Cons
politics
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A great place to work!
Senior Secretary to Director (Former Employee) –  1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TNApril 10, 2014
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  more... and scientific as well as service organization sides of the company. My contacts were with external and internal customers and appreciated the 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
Pros
great work environment, great co-workers, up-to-date computers and other office equipment.
Cons
campus located in remote area.
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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
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  more... 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 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
Pros
performing experiments related to current research, collected data, contributed to research
Cons
time spent there was much too brief!
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ORNL Review
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  more... 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 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
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  more... 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 anything, then you will like it at ORNL.

If not, please continue your job search.  less
Pros
rubbing shoulders with geniuses
Cons
too large a list to fit here.
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AWESOME Group of People - Great workplace!
Administrative Assistant/Records (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJanuary 14, 2014
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  more... management teams and fantastic co-workers), not to mention great benefits, advancement opportunities and pay - one cannot go wrong with this company. 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
Pros
great pay and benefits; intelligent people
Cons
commuting distance from almost anywhere - it's a drive
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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
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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Exciting, cutting edge technology - but kiss your personal life goodbye
Manufacturing R&D Engineer (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNNovember 4, 2013
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.
Pros
good pay, and benefits. interesting projects to work on.
Cons
large demands on your time. job insecurity due to constantly seeking funding.
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Loving what you do ... not just a job/position
Business Staff Associate (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNOctober 22, 2013
I supported the Building America Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. A typical day at work included staff meetings, conference calls, and reviewing events for the upcoming weeks/months. My co-workers were exceptional. Team players. The most enjoyable part of my job was interacting with all of our team and seeing the results of our hard work.
Pros
flex time
Cons
micro managing professionals
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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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Good place to work with great opportunity to diversify experience.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  BSEAugust 26, 2013
Great potential for well rounded experience. Good management and very understanding with new employees.
Pros
experience
Cons
daily commute
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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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