Brookhaven LAB
3.9 of 5 55 reviews
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Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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3.9 55 reviews

                             

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great benefits, quality of life balance"
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  • "Excellent benefits packages, especially retirement"
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Cons:
  • "Long island is not a good place to live"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The cost of living is also substantial"
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Great 21 years growing from grad student to group leader

Physicist (Current Employee)
Upton, NY

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

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

Gold Haber Fellow (Former Employee)
Upton, NY

I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

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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I worked at Brookhaven LAB

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)

I have been working at Brookhaven LAB

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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Finance Intern (Former Employee)
Upton, NY

I worked at Brookhaven LAB as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat people to work with

ConsIt seems like a college campus. Not a lot is nearby

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great challenges and experience and new Ideas.

Senior Mechanical Designer (Former Employee)
Upton, NY

I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time for less than a year

Prospeople and nature environment was great.

Conscontracts don't last for employment.

Advice to Senior Managementhelp employees to expand there potential growth opportunities.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a free, friendly and flexible working environment. I learned a lot and have been happy to work in this company.

Senior Technology Engineer (Current Employee)
Upton, NY

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

Prosflexible, friendly, free. Big site, gym, indoor swimming pool, daycare, Yoga club, ESL program, many smart people, wild animals, concerts, and etc.

ConsThere is always funding issue. Every year near the end, this problem pop up. Most buildings are very old. Dar care rate is too high. Onsite lodge is just so so.

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

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Great place to work!!!!

Senior Mechanical Designer (Current Employee)
Upton, NY

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

ProsIncredible place to work, surrounded by intelligent and nice people, lab-wide projects are very interesting and you will never get bored working.

ConsFunds tend to run out and put employees at risk. Rogue deer and turkeys ;-)

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement = Government

Quit screwing with the funding!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for research and instrumentation utilization

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Upton, NY

I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time for more than a year

ProsGood exposure to cutting edge research, and a good environment for scientific growth and publications. Staff scientist can be very helpful to postdocs and help them succeed in their research.

ConsVery few postocs get retained to staff scientists at the lab with little guidance on future career choices.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on increasing the retention degree of postdocs to permanent staff chemist position is recommended.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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