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Argonne National Laboratory Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
122 Reviews
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122 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.  

    Fantastic good for research

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (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
  2.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Biological Sciences in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Biological Sciences in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (less than an 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
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Intern in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Lemont, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an intern (less than an 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
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  5.  

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

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    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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    Great people, great environment!

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    Current Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (less than an 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
  7.  

    great place

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    Former Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL

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

  8.  

    Great Place to Grow as a researcher

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Very diverse, good compensation, Awesome staff

    Cons

    Certain departments are always on soft money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Soft money people often looking for a free help. So do something.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you have solid funding.

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    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
  10.  

    Wonderful colleagues, limited career advancement possibilities

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

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (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
  11.  

    Good place, but can be tough to do science

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    Former Employee - Scientific Associate
    Former Employee - Scientific Associate

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The collegial culture makes working at ANL great as a scientist, as there's no lobster-tank type competition. For the most part everyone just wants to do quality work.

    Cons

    The extreme over-emphasis on the appearance of safety is a major hinderance to getting work done. Also there is not nearly enough support staff to address their work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt reasonable safety rules that have actual benefits, and replace the huge excess of safety workers with some more support staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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