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    This is the new name for the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and the Bettis Laboratory. Search for them on Glassdoor!

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (more than an year)


    They were able to somewhat hide reams of negative Glassdoor reviews by consolidating the two labs as Bechetel Marine Propulsion Corporation (BMPC) and making a new page under that name. Chances are they'll rename the individual labs from Knolls and Bettis at some point to completely cover their tracks. Nobody in the rest of the world has ever heard of "Bechetel Marine Propulsion Corporation" or has any idea what it actually does (They design nuclear reactors for the US Navy, bet you never would have guessed that from the name), so current employees will have a harder time finding a new job than ever before. "Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory" or "Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory" at least sounded prestigious and gave some idea of what their employees actually do.

    Bechtel has successfully turned two government-owned labs into a giant marketing tool by slapping their name on them. No other Department of Energy lab has so little self-respect to permit such a thing, although they ALL are run by some sort of outside contractor. Bechtel even holds some of those other contracts, but the management of those labs would never let that sort of thing happen.


    Admiral Rickover deliberately established two competing atomic power laboratories to ensure top-quality technical work and avoid groupthink. The reason for this should be obvious to anyone who has ever seriously participated in any team competition whatsoever, nothing makes you give your best the way that does. This vital quality assurance mechanism has been essentially eliminated to achieve cost savings. Search for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory or Bettis Laboratory on Glassdoor to get the ugly truth about this company.

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    Your failings will not be solved by coming up with a new logo, company name or mission statement. Unless you tackle the fundamental problem that a single male coming out of college (who, let's be totally honest, make up 90% of new hires) has no desire to spend 8 hours a day in a prison-like environment deprived of all contact with the outside world except for a landline telephone painstakingly documenting some inane minutia generated by a 60 year old computer program in return for below-average pay, your problems are not going to go away.

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