Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
72 Reviews
3.8
72 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • cutting edge research, scientific communication, nice environment (in 3 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Long Island is an expensive place to live (in 8 reviews)

  • And the cost of living in Long Island is surprisingly high (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    envigorating

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Upton, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Upton, NY

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    very good place to work.

    Cons

    that as a contractor you will be layed off after project is finished.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    High School Research Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High School Research Program in Upton, NY
    Former Employee - High School Research Program in Upton, NY

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    fun program, great people to work with, project was interesting, great place to work, looks good on resume

    Cons

    don't get to choose what you work on, lack of project variety, they don't seem to care much about the final result of your project or if it is going well, food is terrible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Going Downhill FAST!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement
    Current Employee - Procurement

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, if your a slacker you still get to keep your job or get protection by being promoted. Sports Teams, on site activities.

    Cons

    Work life Balance is disappearing, new management changes not fostering morale. Several Departments in administration have dramatically changed due to management changes. Managers not well liked or productive promoted to solve gaps only worsen the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote people just because they have been there.. sometimes its the deputy manager doing all the work not the manager. Listen when employees tell you they believe its a bad idea, especially when most of them say that, there is a reason. That's why morale is down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, mostly good people

    Cons

    administrative burden, too much dead wood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk a good game.....

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Research associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Upton, NY

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good work-life balance, do something I like

    Cons

    low salary, especially in long island

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    add relocation fee to new employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I've been to a better place to work than this.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Engineer in Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Engineer in Upton, NY

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Lab values sound nice. 1.5 days of vacation per month, sickdays. Gym&pool on site.

    Cons

    Poor management of projects results in over-worked force and pointing fingers. Low salary w.r.t. the location of the Lab on Long Island, and job description. Little to no carreer advancement. Workforce is quite old. Everything administrative-related takes ages to resolve. No food option on the site (I do not count vending machines and the joke we call cafeteria).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more younger people, involve more students. Introduce GOOD food into Berkner, revive the Club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Postdoc Experience @Brookhaven National Labs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Upton, NY

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I think there are top notch scientist and equipment to do cutting edge research. I experienced significant growth as a scientist and researcher. The typical appointment length is around 2-3 years.

    Cons

    I think there are some gaps in the synergy within groups and departments. Some are better than other of course. Long Island is an expensive place to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe that more could be done to create some continuity and guidance for the postdoc experience.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (more than 10 years)

    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.

  10.  

    it has mostly been a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inspector in Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Inspector in Upton, NY

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  11.  

    Great experience as an undergraduate

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

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB

    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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