Brookhaven LAB

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Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
76 Reviews
3.9
76 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good exposure to cutting edge research, and a good environment for scientific growth and publications (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Brookhaven provided a variety of internship opportunities and had people to help every step of the way.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB as an intern

    Pros

    Cutting edge research, hard working culture, hard work is rewarded, good name on resume, variety of projects to choose from

    Cons

    Pay is lower, experience is largely dependent on group leaders, internal politics influence the workforce a lot as well, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more transparency, clearer goals and meetings, integrate management and researchers more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This was a great experience for me.

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

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

    Pros

    The scientists are very nice and helpful. The postdocs are always willing to help you with your research if you get stuck. You can tell that everyone who works here enjoys being here and are very passionate about what they do. You get to work with world-class scientists and with state of the art equipment on some of the most important scientific problems. The atmosphere in the workplace is nice as well and they don't keep track of your seconds like other places.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons. This is a great place to work if you want to go into scientific research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB

    Pros

    Friendly people, relaxed working enviroment

    Cons

    food service is terrible, the location is far from most places

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  5.  

    Experience was not bad but pay is not competitive

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    Former Employee - N/A in Upton, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in Upton, NY

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB as an intern

    Pros

    Hardcore engineering happens at this company if you enjoy doing actual engineering

    Cons

    the pay is not competitive to say the least. If money does not matter then this company would be an outstanding employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your guys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    envigorating

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    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Going Downhill FAST!!!!

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    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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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