Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Laboratory Director Thom Mason
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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)


    Good pension plan and medical. Lots of interesting work if you can get on the project. Good professional people at the staff level.


    They expect everyone to find their own funding despite having boatloads of managers with this exact same responsibility. Difficult to move around and learn new things.

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    Make managers accountable for bringing in funding. UT-Battelle spends too much time on fluff and PR.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Interviews

Updated Dec 13, 2014
Updated Dec 13, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oak Ridge, TN
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process consists of the typical steps: locating the candidate by searching their resume base, or being contacted by an HR recruiter. They are typically looking to hire post-docs, mid-career researchers, typically associate professors or experienced professionals with business development experience. One identified by an HR, person is interviewed by a group of consisting of the staff and a group leader(s) (at ORNL, group leader is a manager).
    Since this is a government facility, all interviewers are supposed to ask the same base questions and then more.
    People are often asked to give a seminar. Depending on the position, questions can get technical but nothing like at Google. Good CV, good degree from a good institution and lots of connections are usually the key factors.

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    • I did not encounter any specifically hard questions. Some asked about specifics about certain technologies.   View Answer
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Website www.ornl.gov
Headquarters Oak Ridge, TN
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1943
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory with over 4,600 staff from more than 100 countries, 3,000 guest researchers, and a budget of approximately $1.4 billion. The Lab supports the DOE's mission by providing solutions to strengthen the nation’s leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

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