Argonne National Laboratory

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Positive learning experience at MCS

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL

I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

Pros

Intensive intellects and creative research energy at MCS. Lots to learn, work is based on your own initiative. Unlike academia, at this lab you focus on producing software that helps research. I learned a lot, but with a PhD, not much of a career path available to me.

Cons

Terrible project planning skills and elitism of the PhDs over everyone else. Salaries are below industry averages, and with the current budget fights, most salaries have been frozen.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Teach project planning to all your employees involved in research, development, and logistics.

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    Great place to grow and learn about so many facets of research and development.

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    Current Employee - Department Coordinator in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Department Coordinator in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    Benefits.
    Long term commitment to people.
    Advancement.

    Cons

    Specific research areas can be limiting.

    Recommends
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    Good working environment with access to research resources

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    1. Higher compensation than academic institutions
    2. Appropriate research budget
    3. Work hour flexibility
    4. Good dynamics within research groups, at least mine.

    Cons

    1. Lack of technical expertise in applied science areas
    2. No 401(k) benefit for postdoctoral appointees
    3. Extremely slim chance for promotion to a permanent position
    4. Very irregular hiring practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Add 401(k) to compensation
    2. Set metrics for getting hired into permanent positions
    3. Add applied science experts into workforce

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