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PNNL IT Engineer

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Current Employee - IT Engineer II in Richland, WA
Current Employee - IT Engineer II in Richland, WA

I have been working at PNNL full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great work environment. Good people to work with. Not too stressful. Great work/life balance.

Cons

They get away with paying a lower salary than other similar organizations because the cost of living in the Tri-cities is so low.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

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    Great casual work environment.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, flexible hours, numerous project opportunities.

    Cons

    Low pay, no junior management opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate hard working employees better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do nothing, get paid

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PNNL tries to be super flexible- 40 hours a week max, flextime, etc. You "find your own work"- ie. network or die. Find somebody with the magical chargecode you can put in the timecard system, otherwise you won't get paid.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in return for the flexibility, you must account for every last minute of your time in the timecard program. Also, since people "find their own work", people are split between as many as 5 different projects, which means that you are constantly bringing people up to speed. Meetings, meetings, meetings....

    Working for the government ends up being a total pain in the ass. Many many hours wasted on worthless training (like asbestos training, berrylium handling training, how to use a ladder, etc) for the hanford site and lab that has nothing to do with software.

    PNNL has no idea how to run a software division. The scientists in the other buildings get awesome laser beams and million dollar magnets, while most of us were running Windows XP up to 2010. The software guys get crummy buildings and hardware. About half my coworkers were 50 year old women who stumbled into programming (ie- no degree, no understanding of the fundamentals, etc.) Management usually doesn't have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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