Technical Communnications Associate Senior (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – October 27, 2018
Important and exciting science happens there and a great many staff are tremendously talented, dedicated individuals. Management is very hit-and-miss. 10% are exceptional (and frustrated); 90% are Old Boys' Club or taking up space. If you're a researcher, it's a great place to work, with challenges in the form of administrative headaches. If you're a support worker, good luck, Chuck.
OFFICE SUPPORT SERVICES ADMIN (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – October 16, 2018
Working with many different nationalities and cultures was very interesting. I worked in Cyber Security and it was very interesting. I loved the scientists I supported but there should have been more than one admin for that many scientists in an up and coming field.
Post-Bachelor's Research Associate (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – September 13, 2018
My time spent at PNNL was exceptional. I learned a lot from peers and hope to use this experience to further my future endeavors. Management pushed for excellence and expected much out of their employees. Workplace culture was an great, many friendly and intelligent people from all aspects of science. There was also a great support team of admins and craftsmen that kept day to day operations going.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – September 11, 2018
If you have never had an internship or any work experience before, PNNL is a great first step. Interns are treated nicely at the lab with many events and supportive staff to help you. In my case, I had friendly coworkers who I still keep in touch with today. However, being a government-funded lab there are stressful times. I have seen both the ups and downs of working there. But for a first experience, it is well worth it.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Richland, WA – September 8, 2018
PNNL has great diversity when it comes to their scientists and technicians. However, their administrative staff is either "clicky" or very unkind. Management provided zero feedback unless you'd done something wrong.
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.