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Argonne National Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
123 Reviews
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Argonne National Laboratory Director Peter B. Littlewood
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and great salary for a post doc (in 7 reviews)

  • They offer good benefits like retirement matching and a lot of vacation time (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Like most things that deal with the government, the amount of red tape is crazy (in 4 reviews)

  • Also there is not nearly enough support staff to address their work load (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    SULI Summer 2014 Intern

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    Former Employee - Java Developer for PHYS Div in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Java Developer for PHYS Div in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    $100 per day
    Free Seminars
    Free housing and relocation (they flew me in)
    It's fun!

    Cons

    It was only an internship for 10 weeks and I don't really have any cons. Had a great time.

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    Keep being great!

    Recommends
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    Great place for postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty to excess sources. Ideas can be recognized and possibility to fulfill is high. Nice pay.

    Cons

    The possibility to stay is highly dependent on funding. The best strategy is to publish quickly and find a tenure job or join a company as soon as you can.

    Recommends
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    Wonderful staff , limited career advancement, helpful and collaborative researchers.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Chemist in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Chemist in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic workplace. Great instruments for research. very collaborative environment. Staff are respectful and good overall benefits.

    Cons

    I endorse one of the comments about the cons. " For those wanting a dynamic career, options can be limited. Easy to feel like a cog in a large machine and not very valued".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and cooperating group of scientists, lots of opportunities for scientific collaborations

    Cons

    There are issues with budget, which sometimes does not allow for hiring of necessary staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I have met very smart people. Great place to work for people interested in Maths and Computer Science

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great infrastructure to do research

    Cons

    A bit far away from the city. Compensation is low.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work LATER in your career. Not for early career employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    Great benefits with tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    poor mentorship program, little upward mobility, poor professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide avenues for professional development for early career employees

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to gain research experience for students

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    Former Employee - Technical Co-Op in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Co-Op in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    ANL is full of intelligent people. It is similar to a university atmosphere, and the hours are very flexible. There is no overtime at the hourly rate, but the work did not usually warrant overtime anyway. You meet undergrads, grad students, post docs, and faculty. They also bring in numerous speakers to make contacts outside of ANL. If you want to do research, it is a great place to be. The position holds weight when applying for graduate school or looking for another research position, especially if you contribute to the group with results and publications.

    The campus is really neat. People play sports in the summer time outside, the dining is decent, and they have a rather small gym tucked away in one of the buildings. A co-worker and I would go after work, and it was always quiet.

    Cons

    Like most things that deal with the government, the amount of red tape is crazy. It takes weeks for a new experiment to be approved due to the paperwork. The safety precautions also limited the time and some of the experiments that could be done by students and post docs. The pay was okay for a student to live in the area, and it is based on a set scale so there is no negotiation. The researchers can lose track of the real world, much like many academics.

    Recommends
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    Internship lasting less than one year in the nuclear engineering department

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - able to work with very bright, intelligent people
    - flexible working schedule
    - seminars and other continued learning opportunities
    - other employees enjoy their work and are willing to assist

    Cons

    - as with most places, no administrative privileges with your computer so you have to wait for IT for everything. Perhaps some full time employees are granted access.
    - ridiculous policies on radiation protection (like the rest of the US)
    - work can be slow waiting for purchasing, etc.
    - some facilities seem quite dated. lots of legacy experiments gathering dust

    Recommends
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    Good pay as a postdoc, but not necessarily the best choice for a postdoc hunting for faculty jobs

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and nice people

    Cons

    bureaucracy and politics. Funding/opportunities flutuates with goverment funding, a lot.

    No opinion of CEO
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    should stay with company long enough to know the company

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    can work with very smart people. push you to learn new things every day by working on various projects. Research and university type of institute. Love to work with the company. good benefit.

    Cons

    don't have too much bad words to the company. promotion procedure is little bit tedious and rigid. wish it can be improved in the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managements on all levels are very much engaged with the team through frequent town hall or group meetings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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