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No retirement funds
Lead Coordinator of VANDLE (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJuly 9, 2017
This company does not have a 401k or any other retirement support for the employees. They should at least set up some non-matching 401k account so their employees can contribute something.
Pros
career advice seminars
Cons
no retirement accounts
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Excellent work/life balance
Travel Expense Auditor (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNApril 11, 2017
Flexible schedule possibilities. Challenging work environment. Excellent, personable, helpful and caring co-workers. Contract based funding positions.
Pros
Salary compensation
Cons
Government funding
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Nice Way Into Research Organizations
Post-Master's Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 21, 2017
Although the pay is lower than average for a master's degree position, the benefits are reasonable. The format of the contract makes it such that you are not necessarily treated fairly within the organization for which you will work. Job success appears to be dependent on your mentor and organization. It is also frustrating to work in a temporary position, knowing that the work you perform will not advance you within the organization. Bottom line, the opportunity for advancement approaches zero.
Pros
Nice foot in the door for research organizations
Cons
Low pay, no opportunity for advancement
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Family Oriented
Administrative Associate II (Current Employee) –  Fredericksburg, VAMarch 16, 2017
A great place to work, great people and a very family oriented company that understands the work/life balance. Would recommend this company to anyone.
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Government DOE Work For Others
Programmer (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNNovember 9, 2016
They have a great environment.. Mesh chairs, nice cubes, multi-monitor workstations, laptops to take home. It is a Microsoft Web application shop. No advancement in positions or pay grade. Recently allocated budget for training again. Many people retiring in the next five years.
Pros
Nice office.
Cons
Government
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Great Benefits
Science and Education - Program Specialist (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNNovember 3, 2015
Great Benefits working here. Employees club is a huge perk and food trucks come to the location a couple of days out of the week.
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Good for Postdocs, Bad for Corporate Employees
Administrative Specialist Senior (Current Employee) –  Oak RidgeJuly 26, 2015
No opportunities for advancement. Stale management ideas. Out of date corporate culture. Employees can be difficult to work with because the workforce is largely uneducated. The job you start with is the one you will get stuck with. Backstabbing employees with a lot of mistrust because of dishonest corporate policies. Mostly concerning "reductions in force". Everyone is job scared and protective. If you need training on a job task, you are likely to get some misinformation so that someone's job stays safe.
This company is ripe for a lawsuit. There is a lot of offensive discriminatory language being used by both employees and managers. Employees use social media all day on their work computers for gossiping. Managers turn their heads to it.
Taxpayer dollars are being wasted at a time when we need to be scrutinizing every penny spent.
If you want a CAREER, your time is better spent searching somewhere else.
The company appears so well organized and professional from the outside but when you get in, that image falls short very quickly. Is everyone at the Department of Energy asleep?
Pros
Ok benefits and comparable pay, Nothing special, Very tiny pay increases when they happen, Most monetary awards go to managers.
Cons
No growth opportunities, poor work atmosphere, deceptive and unethical business practices. Gossip and backstabbing.
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Good Management
Latent Fingerprint Technician (Former Employee) –  Lorton, VAJune 5, 2015
My job was top secret and cannot be described publically. Sorry for the lack of information here. The lunches were good.
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Associate Director of Science Education Programs (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNNovember 13, 2014
A negative working environment. I would not recommend this company to anyone looking for a stable work environment.
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Encouraging Work Environment with room to advance
Case Inventory/Latent Print Technician (Current Employee) –  Fredericksburg, VAJuly 26, 2014
This company has many different projects and manages them quite well. Working in my particular facet of the company has been fun and educational. I have gained invaluable contacts and experience. Management is always available to answer any questions or concerns. I noticed many employees had been able to advance on this contract rather quickly, which was encouraging. The most difficult part of the job has been that I was hired on just before the contract was ending. Luckily I was not put out too much, but others moved to the area specifically for their position, just to be told a week after starting that they will be out of a job in a few months. I don't believe ORAU knew, until they received the official word, that the contract was ending three years earlier than projected. I think they have handled the reduction in force very professionally, providing as much time as they could for their employees to find other employment. I also understand this is the nature of contract work.
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Management Needs a Complete Overhaul
Human resource specialist (Former Employee) –  Belcamp, MDApril 16, 2014
Flexibility is great, benefits are great, but Management plays too many games and everyone of the managers blames each other for all the issues. Not a good healthy environment to work if you are wanting to grow.
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Diverse company with a lot of great opportunities for employees
Administrative Clerk (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNApril 1, 2014
This is the company that I was hoping to retire from. ORAU is a wonderful company to work for. I would continue to work there had it not been for the lack of government funding, salary freeze, continuing resolution, furlough, and eventual layoffs.
Pros
Great benefist
Cons
Government funding
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supportive group
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (Former Employee) –  Hampton, VAJanuary 31, 2014
ORAU remotely manage NPP fellows. Anytime they are needed, they are there. Otherwise, very quite. Great!
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Fun work place
Senior I&C/Electro-Mechanical Technician (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJanuary 19, 2014
Very interesting job, but ORAU ran out of money for both my projects.
Pros
Fun work place
Cons
ORAU ran out of money for both my projects.
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High School Atmosphere
Human resource specialist (Current Employee) –  Belcamp, MDNovember 25, 2013
Majority of the employees there are very immature and will gossip so much. The culture is very CYA and if you want to advance this company is not the place to work.
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Helpful staff
Intern Lab Tech (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 18, 2013
Everyone at ORAU is very helpful. They do their best to make sure that the students they are hosting can get all of the help they need.
Pros
good pay and benefits helpful staff
Cons
the intern positions may not always lead to jobs at ornl
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Extraordinary place to work and grow
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJanuary 12, 2013
the prestige of this company is amazing! and the opportunity to learn something new better!. The administration, the HR department and of course the co-workers are super great to be with.
Pros
learning opportunity
Cons
i havent see nothing bad on it
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A great place to work!
Business Administrator I - Full Time Temporary (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNOctober 28, 2012
I love working here. I work with some very intelligent and wonderful people. I have made some great friendships!
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Great Place to work
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNFebruary 10, 2012
wonderful place for grow and advancement! company brings the ultimate energy conservation technology to their employees.
Pros
everything
Cons
nothing
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