Brookhaven LAB

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Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
64 Reviews

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64 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, quality of life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • good facilities and nice people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • And the cost of living in Long Island is surprisingly high (in 5 reviews)

  • The cost of living is also substantial (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Administrator  in  Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Administrator in Upton, NY

    Pros

    Most everyone is friendly and always willing to help.

    Cons

    Management should consider more flexible working schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider more flexible working schedules.

  2.  

    it has mostly been a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Inspector  in  Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Inspector in Upton, NY

    Pros

    the culture, a lot of good people here and they are willing to help out.. learning some of the science is incredible

    Cons

    wrong people in some of the jobs, the waste sometimes of tax payers money, lack of accountability but no shortage of finger pointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote people with the expertise the position requires, stop trying the round peg in the square hole

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience as an undergraduate

    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Stony Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stony Brook, NY

    Pros

    great work environment, plenty of expensive,advanced laboratory equipment and supplies,surrounded with talented students and scientists. Did not require any fee to use its equipment and supplies. Staff were very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Safety training was very time consuming, and it took almost 2 months to process my application and background check. Food was horrible there, you need to bring your own food!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The food was too expensive and not tasty.

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  5.  

    Great place to work, very academic environment

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Upton, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Upton, NY

    Pros

    - Great place to learn from extremely smart engineers and scientists
    - Very professional but relaxed environment
    - Large campus with on-site gym and pool

    Cons

    - Slow growth in salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to retain younger workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Difficult for females to advance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mostly good people, decent benefits although they are slowly being taken away/minimized, good amount of 'extra-curricular' programs be it lunchtime concerts, sports, weekend day trips

    Cons

    Not a good place to work as a female professional (i.e. in the scientist/engineer categories), a working group as a result of a lab-wide survey was formed to address the survey results and they've done nothing to improve the situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I've learned many new techniques and laboratory/research applications.

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    Current Employee - Student Research Associate  in  Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Student Research Associate in Upton, NY

    Pros

    Working with a mentor on various reseach projects is interesting and self-motivating. Working at BNL encourages independent work, has a friendly environment, and is filled with people who want to be there.

    Cons

    A lot of research is funding-dependent, and recent budget cuts have made it difficult for some employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Professional, rich, diverse, and innovative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As a student intern, I had the opportunity of working with a very well-known professor and researcher. He guided me through different processes carefully, and the environment was very professional.

    Cons

    Some buildings were very old compared to some of the newer ones, and while the computers were new, they certainly can be more modern.

  9.  

    Dynamic environment, strong mission, good benefits

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Upton, NY

    Pros

    Part of a strong mission to address the nation's biggest scientific challenges through basic and applied research. Competitive benefits compared to other non government employers (you work for a government contractor at the laboratory).

    Cons

    The location is mixed, depending on your perspective. An easy drive to work but a remote location for lunchtime errands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Optimistic that recent management changes will strengthen the laboratory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work and great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, easy work environment, good location, work from home, very laid back work environment

    Cons

    Bad lunch options around, far from everything, some buildings are kind of run down, too many managers, older work population, lower pay rate cause of government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let talent walk away. Realize what you have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    This is a great to work and live near-by.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    salary, company culture, work-life balance, resource, leisure facility

    Cons

    benefits, compensation, career development, efficiency, bureaucracy

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