Technical Intern Level III (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – May 17, 2018
PNNL is a wonderful lab with an easy hiring process and a calm environment with friendly faculty. Richland is a bit boring, other than the fantastic nature and hikes within a few hours drive. A very calm place.
Used to be a great place to work. Senior technical staff that lose R&D funding are at risk for ROF.
Staff Scientist (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – April 21, 2018
Management are part of the problem instead of the solution. PNNL used to encourage innovation and management was hands off and helpful when needed but work culture has changed. Would caution senior scientists applying to the lab unless they are brought in with long-term stable funding or management has committed to long-term investment in their technical area.
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Richland, WA – April 17, 2018
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a great place to gain experience as a post-doc for a future carrier in science. The scope of work at the lab is extremely diverse and they have the equipment, staff, and expertise to support it all.
Great staff and facilities. Flexible work schedule. Rewarding work.
Difficult to transition from temporary to permenant position. Large overhead.
Manger (Current Employee) – Richland, WA – April 13, 2018
PNNL us a good place to work. It has good benefits but those have declined significantly over the years. Salaries are not equitable across staff but are generally pretty good. The work can be very engaging and fulfilling or can be very stressful and rout. Project staff have to find their own work at all times.
Tech Intern (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – March 18, 2018
I worked through a rigorous 10-week summer internship within the Biological Sciences Division. I designed and implemented genome based taxonomic classification. I also took advantage of recently published methods and built upon existing prototypes written in python to deliver a command line interface application to the scientific community.
MECHANICAL ENGINEER (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – March 2, 2018
I am somewhat ambivalent regarding my time at PNNL as a contractor for the Department of Energy working in the appliance standards development team. The benefits were wonderful and the pay was great, the management was supportive for the most part, but the work itself was not compelling and the location left much to be desired as there is very little cultural development in Richland, WA. For an Indian American with ties to India, the location of my employment left much to be desired.
A brief summary of my previous internship experience at PNNL
PhD Intern (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – February 27, 2018
I did this internship at PNNL from Jun to Aug in 2016. During this period, I was asked to develop a web application integrating multiple public datasets and displayed them in a meaningful way which facilitates the process of data analytics for domain experts. I teamed up with two other interns to implement this web application. I was working at the backend while the other two focused on the frontend side.
In general, it was nice working there. My host cared about his interns very much and was resourceful every time when we had some problems regarding how to proceed with the project. I also learned a lot about how to collaborate with colleagues of different backgrounds, which I think is very important.
The hardest part of this project is that at the very beginning, the customer who provided the funding for this internship program did not really have a very clear idea about what they really wanted us to deliver. It took us a while to communicate with them to determine what we should implement for this project.
Physical Security Specialist (Lead) (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – February 20, 2018
Decent place to work - long hours and a lot of travel. Spent over 30 weeks away on business travel annually. Pay was less than average for the position and limited room for advancement within the company.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) – Richland, WA – January 16, 2018
Overhead too high so cost of doing research is very high especially for senior scientists. It is a good place for students to learn and do research. OK place for postdoc to publish papers. Bad place if you want any advancement from there. Hiring decisions are not merit based.
Facilities, good salary for postdocs
bureaucracy, rampant nepotism, lack of advancement opportunity
Project Administrator (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – January 3, 2018
If I didn't have to relocate, I would have worked there forever. So much room for advancement, they value training and collaboration, the staff are bright and amazing. Can't recommend it highly enough.