Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Good exposure to cutting edge research, and a good environment for scientific growth and publications (in 3 reviews)

  • Quality of life, quality of staff and facilities (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Sub-par compensation compared to the expensive cost of living in the Long Island area (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. Applications Arhitect

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    Former Employee - Applications Architect in Setauket, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Architect in Setauket, NY

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    World-class facility. Great teams. State of the art research. On site pool, gym. Great health plans.

    Cons

    need car to commute, need car to go to lunch.


  2. Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Millsboro, DE
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Millsboro, DE

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with renowned scientists, meeting people from all over the country. Also making a difference in many lives.

    Cons

    In my opinion I do not think there are any based on my years of employment there. Please go to www.bnl.gov to check out what Brookhaven National Laboratory is all about.

    Advice to Management

    Wonderful employment opportunities for everyone.


  3. Work at Brookhaven National Laboratory

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    Current Employee - Principal Electrical Engineering Tech in Farmingville, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Electrical Engineering Tech in Farmingville, NY

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no pressures on deliverables

    Cons

    There is little or no career advancement

    Advice to Management

    create room for young employees to advance


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Benefits Package in Decline

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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time

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

    Pros

    Still some on site clubs and medical services

    Cons

    Medical benefits are changing dramatically. BSA basically told all employees that it was to expensive to keep them insured and that the only way to reduce cost was to cut medical, sick time, vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Worry about big science and your employees MORE and worry less about your patent revenues for Battelle. It's unfortunate that the lab has degraded over the years into a corporate mindset, with bonus's only available to Lab management staff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    It WAS a great place, but declining

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (health care, 401K and employee matching, vacation & sick days). Lots of onsite programs and facilities for employees to maintain an active healthy lifestyle (gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness classes, trails for hiking/biking/running)

    Cons

    Facility is aging and so is the workforce. Needs bigger budget to fix facility, but then there is a lot of red tape to go through before anything gets done. Budgets are getting slashed and not enough research is going on.


  7. Helpful (1)

    mixed; senior management isolates itself and tries to run lab with little understanding of lab staff or issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Scientists with no need to interact with senior management can do great work if you have a strong client in federal, state, local government or private sector

    Cons

    If you have to work with senior management, they will ignore you, frustrate you, expect total loyalty and silence from you'
    Women beware, the lab is stuck in the 1950s in terms of its understanding of how to work with women


  8. A very good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Environment is good, people are friendly and work is challenging

    Cons

    Salary is not too high


  9. Helpful (1)

    Smart, dedicated co-workers, with typical government red tape and managment progressively less interested in community.

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    Current Employee - Scientific Associate III in Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate III in Upton, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    dedication, impact, encourage personal growth, close to home

    Cons

    upper management, diminishing community spirity, govenment issues/dependence,

    Advice to Management

    listen to community, prepare better choices


  10. Great experience to get involved in large projects

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    Former Employee - SULI Intern in Upton, NY
    Former Employee - SULI Intern in Upton, NY

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a intern, there weren't strict workday hours or a clock-in, clock-out. Great opportunities to learn about professional research on the federal scale.

    Cons

    Large campus makes getting around from the dorms to your work building a bit inconvenient if you don't have a car. Projects move very slowly due to reliance on federal funds.

    Advice to Management

    Not entirely sure what the best way to improve is.


  11. Helpful (1)

    good quality work, lots to learn

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    lot of smart people to work with

    Cons

    very far from city life

    Advice to Management

    to have more services for employess such as shuttle to train station after 5 pm



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