Brookhaven LAB

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Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2014
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4.0 60 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

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(16 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Student Research Associate (Current Employee) Upton, NY

    ProsWorking 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional, rich, diverse, and innovative

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAs 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.

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

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    Dynamic environment, strong mission, good benefits

    Manager (Current Employee) Upton, NY

    ProsPart 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).

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementOptimistic that recent management changes will strengthen the laboratory.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work and great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsBad 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 Senior ManagementDo not let talent walk away. Realize what you have.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Consbenefits, compensation, career development, efficiency, bureaucracy

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    Great ideas, slow to change, aging group, middle of no where

    Gold Haber Fellow (Former Employee) Upton, NY

    ProsQuality of life, quality of staff and facilities

    Consslow to change, aging group is not inclined to develop internal talent

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep an open mind

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lab propositions itself as We're Amazing! In reality, only Good for established science staff. OK for everyone else.

    Senior Technology Engineer (Current Employee) Upton, NY

    ProsThe Lab is known is for its strong reputation in science and research. If you are in a science-role you will have opportunity to grow and bring glory to yourself, the Lab, Dept of Energy, and USA. You will have access to leading edge technology and personnel. The Lab's vacation policy, and easy going & laid back attitude is one of the biggest reasons to work here.

    ConsIf you are a non-scientist or a new scientist, you will not have the same opportunities as established research staff. They once had amazing benefits and compensation packages. But these have been whittled away by years of lean funding from the US Congress. This means they are unable to repair or refurbish buildings, roads, walkways & curbs besides actually trying to pay people a competitive salary. Don't forget about entrenched people-managers who are terrible at managing people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApologies if you've been working here for 15+ years, but the Peter Principle is fully established at the Lab. If you can't identify a middle manager who might be incompetent, ask your subordinates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great 21 years growing from grad student to group leader

    Physicist (Current Employee) Upton, NY

    ProsAcademic environment. Tenure system like in a university. Sabbaticals. No teaching. Proximity and connections to Stony Brook University (good source for graduate students). Great nature (beaches and forests).

    ConsLots of bureaucracy. Onerous rules including gate access. Large overheads. No local community: everyone is living 10-30 minutes drive from campus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the role of bureaucrats and increase role of professional scientists in decision making.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Summer intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIncredible summer opportunity to learn about the lab

    ConsJob opportunity afterwards was very slim

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent place to start a career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work/live balance, world renown research

    ConsFunding issues, Job security issues

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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