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Great Place To Work
Audio/Visual (A/V) Senior Engineer (Former Employee) –  Golden, COJuly 10, 2018
Team building exercises, stress free, plenty of time to complete assigned tasks, great compensation, management is opened minded with suggestions, and the area is perfect.
Pros
Low Stress, Great Comensation, Team Atmosphere, Great Benefits
Cons
Advancement (But difficult becasue nobody wants to leave)
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Government culture
Research Technician III (Current Employee) –  Golden, COMay 24, 2018
ACK! The government culture here is terrible! The hoops that have to be jumped through to do really much of anything is absurd AND every decision moves slower than glacial pace!
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Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Intern
Summer undergraduate laboratory intern (Former Employee) –  Golden, COApril 18, 2018
I worked there for a summer as a laboratory intern in the Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF). The people were supportive, the facility is top notch, and the work was engaging.
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Productive and Fun Place to Work
Graduate Research Associate, Bioenergetics Group (Former Employee) –  Golden, COApril 12, 2018
NREL is a fun place to work with cool projects and cool people. Only downside is getting funding for your research is always an issue.

NREL has a great on-site cafeteria, great on-site fitness classes and several on-site gym's.
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Very relaxed atmosphere very clicky
Business Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Golden, COMarch 24, 2018
Managers were not very supportive of administrative personnel and did not allow much room for advancement unless you changed career paths. Some departments were very clicky.
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Great intern job
Intern STEM education for NREL (Former Employee) –  Golden, COMarch 15, 2018
Loved every day with great people to work with. I was able to use my organization skills and work with the community. I enjoyed the great NREL campus and what I learned as an intern.
Pros
great pay, good people
Cons
hard to get to
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Great experience for graduate students
Research Intern (Former Employee) –  Golden, COFebruary 22, 2018
Gained experience using up-to-date characterization equipment with great guidance. Not enough money in renewables currently to support this large facility so access to equipment was plentiful.
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Relaxed yet dynamic
Intern (Current Employee) –  Golden, CODecember 3, 2017
Provides the opportunity to be around different professionals from different backgrounds. It is a great placed to work with great benefits and opportunities to learn about cutting edge research in renewable energy.
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It's fun working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Intern - Energy Analyst (Current Employee) –  Golden, CONovember 17, 2017
It is fun to work at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the work hours are flexible and the management is very friendly. The pay is really low and that's the only downside
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Nrel
SHIPPING AND RECEIVING LEAD (Former Employee) –  Golden, COSeptember 6, 2017
I worked days. I learned a lot during my time here.The management is very supportive..NREL is a a good place to work if you are looking for stability.
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Great mission, poor management
EDUCATION COORDINATOR AND SPECIALIST (Current Employee) –  Golden, COSeptember 5, 2017
Just not a great place to work. The missions is really good but there is no cohesive vision and very little room for advancement. Experience is rewarded over new ideas. And experience can mean just years, not prior positions, etc.
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Laboratory Operations is a dismal place to work
HR Associate (Current Employee) –  Golden, COAugust 30, 2017
The mission is fantastic the culture is not. If you work in science and technology there is a better outlook. Culture of management is to support from top down. Laboratory Operations Managers are concerned with pleasing their managers to the near exclusivity of supporting staff.
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Nice co-workers
Intern (Former Employee) –  Van Nuys, CAJuly 19, 2017
Good when I need a job. Cold calling center. Connie is the best supervisor. It is good if you don't mind cold calling. Great for some people. If you are sensitive and care about calling do not call list members then don't apply.
Pros
cold calls do not call list members
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Productive and Fun place
Network Security Engineer (Former Employee) –  Jefferson County, COJuly 15, 2017
Great mentors, Very productive, Awesome culture, Creative ideas, Growth, Job Security, Amazing location, Learnt new technologies on a dial basis, Subsidizes food.
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Great Campus
Internship (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJuly 13, 2017
Great campus close to outdoor activities and working for a good cause. Good work life balance and great learning and working environment. Great exposure to clean energy.
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Work is fantastic
Senior Analytical Chemical Technician (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJuly 12, 2017
The work is amazing, the work environment needs a little revamping. The benefits are excellent, the hours are flexible. The politics sometimes get in the way of getting work done.
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Favoritism was rampant in my center
Specialist IV-Site Access (Former Employee) –  Golden, COJuly 1, 2017
Overall NREL was a great place to work (15 years);I worked in the badge office, SOLO; it was hard to get assistance(supplying coworkers to help out in processing all paperwork required for onboarding people) from management to support the influx of growth, this job was a bit challenging for one Individual, The most enjoyable park of my job was the diversity at NREL.
Cons
No assistance most of the time when needed!
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Great mission, doesn't quite make up for the toxic environment and political BS
Specialist IV (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJune 29, 2017
Good people are leaving due to leadership, bureaucratic nonsense perpetuated by the lab itself. Work-life balance seems to be going down with morale. So much potential, corrupted.
Pros
Awesome research and campus, telecommuting, health insurance
Cons
Management/leadership, unhealthy work dynamics
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Productive and a great experience
Enzymatic Sampling Intern (Current Employee) –  Golden, COJune 2, 2017
I'm working at NREL as an undergraduate intern, and since being here, I've been able to experience so many new lab techniques, etc. If I didn't have this internship, I would not have learned them!
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Great work environment, great people
Energy Regulatory Analyst (Former Employee) –  Golden, COMay 30, 2017
I would research federal and state permitting processes for permits that were relevant to renewable energy development. I would create summaries and flowcharts of the processes that were meant to help developers navigate the regulatory processes relevant to starting a renewable energy project.
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