ORAU/ORISE Employee Reviews

Showing all 31 reviews
Sort by: Helpfulness | Rating | Date
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Identity Crisis Creates Stressful Work Environment
Program Specialist (Current Employee) –  Belcamp, MDJuly 14, 2018
ORAU manages the ORISE program for the Department of Energy. Separating the two is stressful for employees of ORAU who are directly responsible for supporting ORISE participants. The ORISE program in itself is a great program that opens doors for students and recent graduates in STEM fields and helps them to acquire internships and fellowships in the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies. ORAU does not offer much promotion within the company. Management is top heavy.
Pros
Helping the next generation of STEM leaders (ORISE), physical work environment is comfortable
Cons
PTO only, no separation between alotted sick and vacation days, Lack of advancement within the company or the pay scale.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great Company
Manager, Contracts and Procurement Department (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJuly 4, 2018
Great company to work for if you don't want to work in a changing environment that is slow paced. Leadership is "long in the tooth" making it difficult to make changes.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
ORAU satellite contracts
Physical Scientist (Former Employee) –  Quantico, VAJune 6, 2018
Working at headquarters may be different than the satellite contract I worked on in Virginia. They held the contract with the FBI for years, only to lose it due to poor contract negotiations.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Productive workplace, good benefits, but contracts liable to federal funding limitations
Microbial Risk Analyst (Current Employee) –  Cincinnati, OHMarch 13, 2018
A typical day at work involved working collaboratively with a microbiology team at a highly regarded research institution. I liked my colleagues and the work I conducted on water reuse. Working hours never exceeded 40 hours per week, allowing for good work/ life balance. The job came with several important perks, including the ability to invest in a supplemental retirement program and reduced cost health insurance. The only downside to the job was that it was contract-based. As a federal contractor, renewal is subject to funding availability, which is contentious at the best of times...
Pros
Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Work Environment, Competitive Pay and Benefits
Cons
Contract-Based, Hourly, No Paid Leave
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Always a learning experience
Secretary Pool (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TN 37830March 12, 2018
I came in and sat down at the computer for 4 hours two different days for my training and they are currently slow in the secretary pool. Mixed nationalities. I only dealt with HR and they went out of their way to make you feel comfortable. The hardest part is waiting for someone to call and say come in we need you.
Pros
People are great.
Cons
They are currently slow with work for me to do.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
CEO, Directors, and Associate Director are actively working to improve the job culture.
Administrative Clerk 2 (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNMarch 2, 2018
CEO, Directors, and Associate Director are actively working to improve the job culture. The Federal budget naturally plays a big role in job security for new hires. However, ORAU pays for a security clearance which aides the possibility to relocate into an area with a DOD saturation.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
office gossip, office bullying, and diviersity intolerance
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great place through which to get an internship at Oak Ridge National Lab.
Internship (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNJanuary 23, 2018
The ORAU employees at Oak Ridge National Lab who assist their interns are friendly and eager to assist the interns when they have questions or problems.
Was this review helpful?Yes 1NoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Government Contract Work = Lack of Job Security
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TNNovember 15, 2017
Cons: Lots of layoffs that are pretty routine. Payscale is notoriously poor.
Pros: ability to work 9/80s or 8/10s. Some departments are more fun and relaxed than others.
Was this review helpful?Yes 1No 1Report
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great Company
Program Specialist (Current Employee) –  Oak Ridge, TN 37831October 27, 2017
Each person does something very different. There are many opportunities at this company. The management is open to feedback. I love the family feel of the workplace. There are many activities to do to get people out of their cubes and mingle a little. There is a lot of tedious work but there are fun times too.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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
Was this review helpful?Yes 2No 1Report
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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
Was this review helpful?Yes 1No 1Report
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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
Was this review helpful?Yes 7No 2Report
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great people and great place to work at
Industrial Hygiene Fellowship/Internship (Former Employee) –  Cincinnati, OHMarch 17, 2017
Would recommend this opportunity to everyone.
Great work-life balance. Has very flexible work schedule. Everyone there is very professional and genuinely concerned with creating a very inclusive culture.
Was this review helpful?Yes 1NoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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.
Was this review helpful?Yes 1No 2Report
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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
Was this review helpful?Yes 4NoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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.
Was this review helpful?Yes 5No 5Report
1.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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.
Was this review helpful?Yes 41No 2Report
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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.
Was this review helpful?Yes 6No 27Report
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Review Summary
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.
Was this review helpful?Yes 35No 8Report
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
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.
Was this review helpful?Yes 16No 12Report
Claimed Profile

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at ORAU/ORISE. Our community is ready to answer.

Ask a Question

Overall rating

3.9
Based on 31 reviews
511
411
36
21
12

Ratings by category

4.2Work/Life Balance
3.8Compensation/Benefits
3.0Job Security/Advancement
3.3Management
3.6Culture