PNNL

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good place to work

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at PNNL

Pros

advanced technology where the PNNL perform

Cons

richland is a really small town.

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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL

    Pros

    Great place to work, a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    the location may be a problem for a good life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Throwback to an earlier era

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist V in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist V in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    The researchers are wonderful and diverse. Despite the bureaucracy, administrators and managers work hard to provide a calm, stress free environment allowing researchers to focus on their work. There is plenty of room for having a life outside of work. If you are successful in bringing in funding for the research you want to do through your own grants, you can do your own thing and are left in peace.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, PNNL operates under an antiquated system that depends too heavily on government research budgets: when those budgets wax, there is money aplenty; when they wane, there is downsizing. Bureaucracy is thick: there are a lot of rules and resources expended on their enforcement. The regulations intended to preserve the objectivity of scientists define a very strict separation between "research" and "commercialization" activities that hampers entrepreneurial scientists and engineers interested in actively engaging in marketing their ideas and products. This can be stifling for those who want to be measured by impact beyond grants and publications, or to take their ideas out into the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To really thrive and attract the new breed of entrepreneurial scientists, PNNL needs to set itself free: the same researchers operating under a more streamlined structure and liberated from the strict rules of an FFRDC -- something more akin to a university or non-profit laboratory -- would enable PNNL to more easily grow its reach and increase its impact. At very least, PNNL could reinstitute entrepreneurial leave.

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