Argonne National Laboratory

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Great Science opportunities.

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL

I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

Freedom to do research. No teaching obligation.

Cons

Funding can be unpredictable since it is project based. Not much interaction with students.

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More interaction with universities.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    The best and worst of government, academia, and industry in one employer.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Computer Scientist in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Computer Scientist in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the brightest people in the world on incredible projects. Most divisions and research groups are that mix of drive and informality you would find in a successful academic department and research group - and successful engineering and research work is both applauded and rewarded.

    Cons

    Benefits for new employees are closer to industry than while salaries have not been raised to a competitive level.
    The bureaucracy can be crushing at times with rules and practices - many federally mandated - striking those of us from industry as dated and inefficient.
    The annual performance review is strongly disincentivizing as it seemingly punishes excellent performance year after year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up HR. You are competing with McKinsey, Google, Amazon, Apple, Ford, Toyota, and a host of other consulting firms, high-end universities, and hedge funds for the best minds. We understand limits on salary, but the traditionally excellent benefits are being changed in a way that makes them increasingly lackluster. Likewise, the annual performance review process really is quite demoralizing - one postdoc in our division who was amongst the most productive - took one look at it and left for industry.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent science and great people

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Darien, IL
    Former Employee - Scientist in Darien, IL

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits. Have never being in a place with such a generous benefits package.
    One of the best places to conduct research in the world.
    Beautiful sorrounfings
    Easy commute as you come against traffic
    Free parking

    Cons

    Old buildings; share offices sometimes with 3 people.
    No tenure. If you loss funding, you are out no matter how much you contributed to the institution.
    Promotion system is terrible. All depends on which department you work at and who is your supervisor.
    No feeling of appreciation
    Bonuses given to just a few and mainly the same people
    Possibilities to move up are only good if you are support, not a scientist of engineer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose the right division directors, team leaders and group leaders. Not everyone is up for the task
    Accountability is not a word at Argonne. Reinforce at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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