Argonne National Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
114 Reviews

4.0
114 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Argonne National Laboratory Director Peter B. Littlewood
Peter B. Littlewood
4 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • access to the latest national energy policies and cutting-edge technology (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Funding situation is a high pressure (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    should stay with company long enough to know the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for 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
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good place for older ppl

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist  in  Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Lemont, IL

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

    Pros

    stable and decent pay. excellent benifits

    Cons

    politics and management gangs. periodical budget constrains

  3.  

    Fantastic good for research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Full of research source, such as instrument, people, software. Research environment is also very good. People are willing to help each other, especially freshman.

    Cons

    Maybe the location is the worst thing for it, although it's much better than other national labs. Also, the lunch in site is not good...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money plz!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Biological Sciences  in  Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Biological Sciences in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to advance, friendly environment, overall great working environment

    Cons

    During the time I was there, I encountered very LARGE bugs in and around the buildings. No biggie for those who are afraid of everything like I am though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The majority of people who work at Argonne are extremely intelligent, it is a great place to intern at. There is a summer intern program with symposiums that provide an overview of several departments.

    Cons

    The only negative experience was when taxes were due, the government stipend I received for my work here was not taxed. If you are receiving a stipend set aside some money to pay Uncle Sam.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great Experience, good place to be for a 6 month internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Aide  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Aide in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great challenge in the Laboratory.
    Opportunity to exchange with scientist and engineer.

    Cons

    Nothing special, great project with skills people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, great environment!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Aide  in  Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart, polite, and friendly people.
    Laid-back environment.
    You are treated like an ADULT.

    Cons

    Expensive food in the cafeteria!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more regular meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Aide  in  Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    loads of diverse experience people who are ready to share the knowledge.

    Cons

    getting to the lab can be time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

  10.  

    Great place to work if you have solid funding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    Working on innovative, cutting-edge research when there's funding. Good experience for students, post-docs. Looks great on the resume/CV. If you are a well-respected scientist who can secure lots of money this could be your place.

    Cons

    Securing and maintaining project money - DOE funding can be frustrating to say the least. Many research projects here are highly evanescent. Management takes a serious percentage out of your project money.

    Apathetic HR department. Lack of middle-tier positions. Temporary, short-term, support and technical staff often can be overworked or treated with less respect than senior scientists, project and group leaders, it all depends on your funding. Prevalence of short-term/temporary ("STA") positions with no benefits.

    Health and safety plans for research projects tedious and draconian. IT understaffed and overwrought with security measures. Purchasing, rad and chemical waste management equally overblown and clotted. You will never see red tape like this.

    Lack of funding across many divisions results in hoarding/non-collaboration/work-in-parallel environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop abusing STA positions to save the lab money. Those are for retirees to keep busy, not beginning career employees. Stop playing with retirement, insurance and vacation to lower overhead. Upper tier should be taking pay cuts/static salary during hard times instead of layoffs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful colleagues, limited career advancement possibilities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is a dizzying amount of different projects and efforts going on, making Argonne a wonderfully dynamic place to work. Salaries for technical staff are good and the benefits are stellar.

    Cons

    No clear career path. You can have a job there, but a career path is elusive. For those prioritizing job security, Argonne is a good match. However, for those wanting a dynamic career, options can be limited. Easy to feel like a cog in a large machine and not very valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a robust collection of clearly-defined career paths. Offer paid maternity/paternity leave. With these changes, I would rate Argonne 5 stars!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Argonne National Laboratory? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.