Argonne National Laboratory Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Lovely place to work, but not challenging or conducive to pushing the state of the art envelope.

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    The benefits are reasonable, and the company is located within a forest refuge which makes the setting quite lovely. Most people have their own office instead of being in a cubicle or shared office.

    Cons

    While the work-life balance is good, the work that I was asked to complete was not as interesting as I would like. There is also considerable red-tape on how to start new projects as all work must be completed on a cost code, even new business planning. Food on campus is not so delicious, and the choices around the area are not so healthy either - especially if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less rigidity in the time management, allocating funds for research.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Huge Overhead Leaves Little Room for Early Career Advancement

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    Former Employee - Assistant Applications Scientist in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Applications Scientist in Lemont, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, in particular ANL has a great retirement plan. At the time, partial benefits for postdoc, no benefits for STAs, and had full benefits for my last 2 months when they promoted me immediately before my group ran out of money.

    Cons

    Overhead structure for regular employees creates incentive to hire postdocs and STAs with no chance of promotion within the hiring research group. Limits placed on postdocs and STAs means that they are in and out in a short time placing pressure on advancing the goals of the research group and little emphasis on advancing their own careers. Having a research team of 3 regular employees likely means you need $1million in grants every year to pay for salary, benifits, and overhead (nearly 2/3 of that going to overhead, depending on division). That doesn't include money for equipment or materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to lower overhead to create more job stability for researchers. In a time of narrowing grant opportunities in many fields it's important that what money is available can be used effectively to do the research for which it was intended.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Use postdocs like grad students

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    Great resources for research
    Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    There is very little room to get a permanent position here anymore. Everyone is protecting their own job and postdocs are pushed out the door.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good Post-doc pay, but it's like grad school 2, and the bureaucracy and politics are thick enough to cut with a knife

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, and pay for a post-doctoral position. The opportunity to work brilliant people on difficult and interesting research.

    Cons

    Post-docs here are treated like graduate students. Career killer for postdocs looking for faculty or permanent staff scientist positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. SULI Summer 2014 Intern

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

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (less than a 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Argonne, WI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Argonne, WI

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    easy life in Argonne but not worth

    Cons

    it is lack of efficency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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 a 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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 a 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
  10. Great place to work

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (more than a 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
  11. I have met very smart people. Great place to work for people interested in Maths and Computer Science

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

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

    Pros

    Great infrastructure to do research

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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