Oak Ridge National Laboratory Employee Reviews

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Average pay but few opportunities for advancement
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJuly 20, 2018
Pay is average nowadays but there are few opportunities for existing employees. Management prefers to promote from the outside. This unfortunately leaves those with long service times at the mercy of managers who disregard the wisdom gained over the years. Tuition reimbursement is a good perk. However, after making a significant investment in an employee, management fails to utilize existing employees who complete degrees as promotion and/or management candidates.
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Tuition reimbursement
Cons
Lack of advancement opportunities
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Great and exciting workplace
GIST Department - Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJune 12, 2018
Always a place of innovation. Great opportunity for a career or contract work. Employees very open to engagement.

Cafeteria on site
Gym on site
Great walking paths
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Resource (Former Employee) –  United StatesJune 12, 2018
Give us your opinion about A typical day at work, what was learned management workplace culture the hardest part of the job the most enjoyable part of the job
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Very interesting place
Instructional Designer (Contractor) (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJune 6, 2018
Loved the work and the high caliber of the staff there. There was a lot of attention paid to work/life balance and the hours were flexible when it was appropriate. Great folks.
Cons
contractor
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Professional and challenging
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMay 21, 2018
The environment around the oak ridge campus was always relaxing but progressive in that you were always one door down from a new advancement or discovery. I loved being able to walk into other's people's offices and ask what they were working on. Everybody there was very respectful and encouraging no matter how much or how little you knew about a certain topic.
Pros
Awesome and professional working environment
Cons
Secluded, and if needed groceries a 30 min drive at least
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Good Job
SULI Intern (Former Employee) –  CNMSMay 3, 2018
Solid work experience, many disciplines work together. There were many opportunities to get on other projects and many famous scientists from all over the world to learn from
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Challenging and rewording work
Group Secretary (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNApril 16, 2018
As a Group Secretary/Administrative Assistant I was always challenged to keep current on the various ORNL systems and processes as well as procedures.
Pros
Challenging work and good salary
Cons
Limited in ability to move upward
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Neat place to work
Student Intern (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNApril 2, 2018
If you are into technology and want to learn more this is the perfect place to be. Hidden in mountains and high tech security it gives you chills and anticipation of stuff you would see in movies. So to actually gain clearance and work for them is an even better opportunity.
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Excellent research potential
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oakridge, TNMarch 26, 2018
Very good place for high caliber research, we were involved as a collaborative effort with Vanderbilt and not there physically full time (job was full time) but it is very impressive.
Pros
Excellent equipment
Cons
Very restricted
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R&D center; highly-trained technical workforce
Staff Scientist I and II (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 25, 2018
Marvelous opportunity for original research. Good mentoring by past researchers. Remote location yields low cost of living. Four hours to nearest metropolitan areas (Cincinnati, Atlanta).
Pros
Administrative support
Cons
High overhead rates
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Secure Career
Systems Software Architect (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 11, 2018
Can easily make a career performing various activities ranging from software development, project management, researcher, or lead depending on your interest and ability to bring in funding.
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Amazing place to work!
DHS HS-STEM Summer Research Intern (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TN 37831March 9, 2018
Lots of learning opportunities from working with physicists and engineers who are on the cutting edge of their field. I learned a great deal about high temperature superconductors, neutron science, supercomputing, testing radiation detectors, hydrophobic coating experiments, design challenges for nuclear fusion, and so man other interesting things. Management was extremely helpful and taught me everything I needed to know as an intern. I loved everything about working there, from my coworkers, to the work environment, to the Oak Ridge area in general. I was sad to have to leave after my internship ended.
Pros
positive work environment, learning opportunities, engineering challenges
Cons
can't think of any
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good place to work
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) –  oak ridgeMarch 8, 2018
ORNL has developed a #plantbased #plastic that conducts #electricity and can be programmed to remember its shape. Partnerships. We provide access to technologies, unique facilities, and cutting-edge research. Careers. The lab's staff and facilities will help you to conduct the most important science of your career.
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4.0
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Competitive and a Learning experience
Graduate Student Researcher (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 6, 2018
Working for the National Lab was fun, however the atmosphere is very competitive and stressful. It is a great place to do research. Time management working for the lab is key.
Pros
Nice people, Great research opportunities
Cons
stressful environment
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Productive years
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 4, 2018
Excellent immediate manager and closest colleagues.
Very technically challenging and rewarding work.
Abundant computing and other resources necessary to perform job.
Pros
Technical challenge
Cons
None really
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Wonderful place to do a postdoc.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 1, 2018
ORNL is a wonderful place to do a postdoc and has great potential to springboard you in your career as you move out into the world. The pay is much better than an academic postdoctoral position and, depending on the advisor, access to some of the best research equipment is available.
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Decline
Collaboration and Ideation Officer (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNFebruary 28, 2018
The pay and benefits are above average, the time off and flex schedule helps with work/life balance, but time off is held against you and the company feels they can interrupt your life 24/7. There is little opportunity for advancement for most employees. The culture is unique, a non-team environment with each researching tryin to one-up another. Unfortunate, their are many talented people working there, but they work individually rather than together. Management is lacking. They do not have professional managers, they instead let scientists manage. Because scientist do science better than they manage, you can imagine the outcome. Morale is low within this DOE National Laboratory.
Pros
Great Benefits and Salary
Cons
Poorly Managed, No advancement opportunities
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Great Science
Postdoctoral Scientist (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNFebruary 24, 2018
Great place for scientists to collaborate and do good science. ORNL has a lot of smart people from students, early career and senior scientists. I'll always recommend!!!
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Very Professional environment will an international flavor
Mechanical Master Designer/Checker, Contractor (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNFebruary 18, 2018
The work at the lab often involves working with professional from around the world, many with Masters or Doctorates in various fields of study.
Generally a low stress environment.
Pros
Flexible work schedule
Cons
Contract temporary position
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Great place to work
Building /Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  SNSFebruary 18, 2018
Great place to work and make a long career, Great learning environment. Good advancement potential and of interesting science with lots of interface with others in your work.
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