mediocre environment due to toxic management
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) – Richland, WA – July 19, 2016
Management wants to have its cake and eat it, too. They treat scientists/engineers like hourly employees, enforcing charging policies not sustainable for any reasonable work/life balance while expecting salaried work. Definitely a political minefield, as well. Look at the wrong person with a perceived wrong look, and good luck finding work in that group again.
On the other hand, if you know the right people, you can make moves around the lab to do virtually anything you would want, given someone is paying for it.
Another problem is that they expect post-graduates to be short term help, not really expecting them to stay on as permanent staff. This is in direct conflict with promises made at job interview.
Perhaps I had a bad experience, but other people have said similar things.
"flexible" work hours
unreasonable rules for "flexing" hours, unclear and difficult to convert to full staff