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Excellent professional development opportunities

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Former Employee - Post-Bachelors Research Associate  in  Richland, WA
Former Employee - Post-Bachelors Research Associate in Richland, WA

I worked at PNNL full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great training, good starting salary, government benefits. All around great people

Cons

Working for the government has a lot of guidelines.

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Other Reviews for PNNL

  1.  

    Lots of intelligent people. Great work environment with mostly well qualified managers/staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful and it is for sure the bright spot in the Tri-Cities. PNNL works hard to hire some of the best professionals in the state/area. There are a lot of great projects going on here that will change the world someday. I personally like the friendliness of everyone, the team spirit, and the usefulness of the projects I have been given for PNNL and my career.

    Cons

    It is a big organization...change happens slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and continue to motivate the people who are coming in happy to serve you and Battelle every single day.

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    Like a Freelance Within a Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Communication Specialist  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Communication Specialist in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Communication specialists are expected to find their own work, which gives them the freedom to work for the scientists and engineers who are most pleasant and interesting, and avoid working with those who are difficult and arrogant.

    Cons

    Communications specialists are expected to find their own work, and when project budgets are tight, it is hard to stay "billed." It pits the team of communications specialists against one another in finding work. The team spirit disappears and is replaced with survival of the fittest. Staff competence is judged on whether they can find work within the company and charges to the overhead budget is watched carefully. Instead of the survival of the most skilled, competent, and pleasant to work with type of staff member surviving, it is often the type who have no scruples about backstabbling or stealing the work of others who survive. All in all, it makes for a very stressful workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assigning communications specialists to specific directorates or divisions would help make matrixed staff a part of their teams, although it doesn't solve the problem of staying billed during tight budgeted times. A discussion of this problem of staying billed would be helpful, and perhaps the manager could be the clearinghouse for work requests, so that these assignments can be shared among staff who are low on billable work. Flexiblility to work less hours if there is nothing to do would also help, although that may be unlawful for a fulltime employee.

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