Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
69 Reviews
3.8
69 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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time for 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.

  2.  

    Good work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time for 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
  3.  

    Research associate

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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time for less than a 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
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Technology Engineer  in  Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Engineer in Upton, NY

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time for 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
  6.  

    Postdoc Experience @Brookhaven National Labs

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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB as a contractor for 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
  7.  

    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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time for 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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    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

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  10.  

    Difficult for females to advance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time

    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
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB as an intern for more than a year

    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

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