Administrative Associate III (Former Employee) – Golden, CO – January 11, 2019
I really loved working at NREL, however the only complaint I have with NREL as an employer, is many of the managers, are scientists, but that is the career path for them. Some are not the best managers.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Golden, CO – January 3, 2019
After working many places, I found NREL to have the most professional and friendly work environment. Mature, smart, sensible people whom are dedicated to the mission of saving energy and promoting renewable energy. A down to business place, with lots of things getting done and the opportunity to work with world class scientist.
Support Specialist V (Former Employee) – Golden, CO – August 23, 2018
Working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was a lot of fun. And the fact that we were working for the better good of the world just made the job much more satisfying. For those of you who don't know NREL is a subsidiary of the US Department of Energy that specializes in researching different renewable energy resources. NREL collaborates with different resources world wide to bring the latest and greatest technologies in renewable products - such as solar, wind, hydro, biofuels, etc - to everyday people. Everyone in the company knew that they were there to assist in accomplishing something bigger than their day to day tasks. And the challenges that I personally faces working on the service desk was the computers that weren't on the network because they had to run older software due to the research software that it was compatible with. But I always enjoyed learning about the different technologies that were being developed and being a support specialist I was not just answering the service desk phones I was tasked with special projects that allowed me to work with many different people around the laboratory and learn about the many different energy sources that we worked with.
Great Benefits, Educational Environment, Working for the good of others
Intern (Current Employee) – Golden, CO – December 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.
Specialist IV-Site Access (Former Employee) – Golden, CO – July 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.
HR Associate (Current Employee) – Golden, CO – August 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.
EDUCATION COORDINATOR AND SPECIALIST (Current Employee) – Golden, CO – September 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.
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) (Former Employee) – Golden, CO – March 29, 2017
My internship lasted for four months, during which I did lab work and data analysis helping my team with their research. The hardest parts of the job were contributing helpful ideas to a team full of such intelligent people and occasionally realizing that what you have been working on just cannot work. However, that is part of research as a whole and I cannot imagine a more positive work environment to push the boundaries of science in.
The bureaucracy can be a bit thick sometimes, but it usually works out.
good people, many fun oppurtunities in area, casual work setting
bureaucracy and safety culture can feel a bit excessive
Energy Regulatory Analyst (Former Employee) – Golden, CO – May 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.