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Found 457 of over 595 reviews
4.0
77% Recommend to a Friend
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director Dr. Steven Ashby
83% Approve of CEO

Found 458 of over 595 reviews

4.0
77%
Recommend to a Friend
83%
Approve of CEO
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director Dr. Steven Ashby
Dr. Steven Ashby
147 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, cutting-edge tasks, work-life balance(in 46 reviews)

  • "The positive work environment boost your confidence and allows you to put forward all your ideas(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The Tri-Cities has nothing to offer for someone in their 20's(in 12 reviews)

  • "It can also be hard to find a place to live just for a summer if the company's Guest House is full(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee
      Featured Review

      Valuable Experience and Great Environment

      11 Mar 2022 - Graduate Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Great work/life balance * Assigned mission-critical work rather than toy problems * Project/team flexibility * Remote work accommodated

      Cons

      * Mid/Low-range pay considering the competition * Main campus location is not overly exciting for a younger audience

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      i liked it

      31 Jan 2023 - Data Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great place to work for a lifer

      Cons

      tri-cities is very domestic and can be rustic

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

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      17 Jan 2023 - Research Engineer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Great benefits -Supportive team

      Cons

      - Don't always receive enough technical support

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to postdoc!

      9 Jan 2023 - Postdoctoral Scholar in Richland, WA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great Teams to collaborate with and lots of resources.

      Cons

      Lots of projects to bill.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Lots of Opportunities Difficult to Navigate

      24 Jan 2023 - Energy Efficiency Engineer in Portland, OR
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Lots of opportunities, lots of projects to work on, lots of funding opportunities to pursue, lots of conference opportunities.

      Cons

      Everybody is really busy on many different things and frequently pulled in many directions. Therefore difficult to maintain focus and team members. Rules and ways of doing things always changing. There is always a pull to do more and give more of your time and energy to the company and projects.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Adventurous Scientific Career

      4 Jan 2023 - Data Scientist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Cutting edge research and networking with great scientists

      Cons

      Base salary is slow compared to industry

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

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      29 Dec 2022 - Systems Engineering Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Plenty of opportunities and variety

      Cons

      Management is a complete mess.

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Incondusive environment for junior scientists

      6 Jan 2023 - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Some good opportunities to do science, decent salary at entry level positions

      Cons

      Insecure environment created in division I worked in for junior scientists especially if you can't blend in the tribe . Lack of funding is overused as an excuse to deny retention, senior scientists communicate that repeatedly to postdoctoral RAs if they seek long term opportunities. Staff scientists worried about their own career trajectory, which leads to micro-management and heavy disregard for junior scientists work-life balance and boundaries. Even if you forgo that aspect, it's not the organization to expect encouragement for junior scientists unfortunately, to pursue long term career, and it’s becoming a trend. Resistance to retention and diversity. Out of touch and non-communicative senior management/scientists , especially towards young scientists coming from different cultural backgrounds than them (you almost feel like invisible if you don’t identify with the tribe )

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Terrible employer

      8 Jan 2023 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I can not think of any Pros, literally none!

      Cons

      Bad pay. Benefit is a joke. Conducting meaningless research, and the only goal is to publish useless research papers. Unknowledgeable employees fight to get insufficient funding. It's more important to know someone than your skills. If you argue that this institution can sponsor cap-free visa, remember, that is based on that you can secure funding. If not, you lose the job. So work is not stable at all. STAY AWAY FROM IT. ENJOY LIFE.

      1 person found this review helpful
    11. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Salary is good

      13 Dec 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Associate 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good environment with high-quality research

      Cons

      Apart from salary, no bonus

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