Y-12 National Security Complex

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN
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    I have been working at Y-12 National Security Complex full-time (Less than a year)


    Overall I believe that an employee's overall experience at Y12 greatly depends on which department you wind up in. Some departments seem to have much more flexibility over the others in the work they do, not to mention that some are utterly boring. The work that is done at Y12 is cutting edge in the nuclear field even though a lot of the complex is outdated, which adds to the employee moral of 'being proud of the work you do.' Good pay. The name carries a lot of weight on resumes' if you decide to leave.


    Obviously, a ton of red tape. It sometimes is to the point where you begin to question rather or not normal conversation is acceptable. The facility is outdated in most buildings so unless you wind up in a new one, have fun. Most employees seem to be content, with very few people pushing the limits of science and what is possible.

    Advice to Management

    Try to cut down on the hefty price tag of the new processing facility and make more research labs and office space. Offer incentives for people to do better research. Give the employees coffee... Geez.

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Y-12 National Security Complex (Knoxville, TN).


    Y-12 was the hottest booth at my University's career fair, therefore after waiting in line for more than 30 minutes just to talk to someone I figured my chances were very slim. I tried to be as personable as possible to the gentleman running the booth, always trying to add things to make me "stick out." He urged me to apply online, I did. Within two weeks I got a phone call offering me a job.

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Website www.y12.doe.gov
Headquarters Oak Ridge, TN
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Construction, Repair & Maintenance
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year

B&W Technical Services Y-12 (formerly BWXT Y-12) manages the Y-12 National Security Complex for the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The Y-12 National Security Complex (built as part of the Manhattan Project during WWII) makes, dismantles, refurbishes, stores, and manages nuclear weapons and weapon components; removes and secures nuclear material and equipment from foreign sources, and provides fuel for research and Naval reactors; and works with the Department of Defense and Homeland Security on national security projects ... More

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