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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Laboratory Director Thom Mason
Thom Mason
36 Ratings

    Work on exciting and important national problems in a good work atmosphere while tolerating some workplace admin. hassle

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    Former Employee - R&D Staff  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - R&D Staff in Oak Ridge, TN

    I worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years


    THE place to be for high performance computing. Largest and best computational science research effort in the US (and probably the world). Exciting work, exciting projects, and a chance to make an impact. The computing center (OLCF) leads but all computational science benefits. Other science areas benefit as well.


    Biggest con is that each researcher must find a way to write or be included in proposals to fund their time. I.e. soft-money

    Current computer science management support is a little too stove-piped toward computer science only and can fail to understand and develop programmatic opportunities in a multi-disciplinary fashion. This is limited to the Computer Science division and not a characteristic of the entire computational science program or the lab. This can be an impediment to funding

    The lab as a whole suffers from traditional Dept. of Energy reticence toward innovation in conduct of operations (risk-averse) and to an over-conservatism in management to prevent embarrassment as a taxpayer/government funded facility. That is policy is not set by rational risk/benefit calculations but rather by extreme aversion to negative events. This can lead to more administrative burden compared to optimum management.

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    Continue focus on excellence in science and operations. Better determine how to develop interdisciplinary programs and to lean forward beyond just current DOE programs to anticipate areas of program development beyond pronouncements of DOE program managers.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Interviews

Updated Sep 7, 2014
Updated Sep 7, 2014

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    Senior Research and Development Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Anonymous Employee in Oak Ridge, TN
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    I applied online - interviewed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in September 2011.

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    I am interview twice this location as similar position. The process is slow as it has to get many government clearances. But the opportunity is great. The interview process is wonderful buth they need background chck before interview also. The time duration for interview is for the whole day.

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    Pay was lesser

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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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