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Great company to work for to build a lot of skills in a short-time!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Andover, MA
Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Andover, MA

I have been working at Physical Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- You get to be the PI and program manager on government contracts.
- You get to meet your sponsors and talk to them directly.
- You get to craft your own little area of applied R&D.
- If you don't want to work on a program, then don't. Period.
- Flexible time. You get to work from home.
- You get to work with the smartest people in the world. Your peers or managers do not feel insecure since they know that they are as good as you.
- Great health care/dental benefits, 401K matching funds, stock options, discounted red sox tickets, discounted movie tickets, free drinks, free food sometimes, free aquarium and science center tickets, etc...
- Pay is proportional to how much money you bring to the company (can be good or bad!)

The first 4 bullet points is what distinguishes PSI from the rest of the world. In a large corporate or other companies, you need to be high up in the food chain to be able to do that. This is not the case at PSI. Even a fresh PhD holder can take a stab at writing proposals and get to do his/her own things.

Cons

- Not a lot of promotional opportunities. Unfortunately, if your group leader or area manager doesn't leave or retire, you can't be promoted! And because it's such a comfortable environment, the managers tend to stick around until they die. So prepare for the long haul.
- If you don't win grants for a period of time, prepare yourself mentally and financially to get fired. This is not a joke. If you keep winning, then stay coz you'll be rewarded big time (big raise, CEO congratulating you, etc...). If you keep losing, consider other options fast before they let you go. You'll know when doom's day is coming.
- Can be tiring. You are expected to do a lot of things on your own time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Younger staff are working for a couple of years and then leaving because there are no promotional opportunities. You folks spend time and resources training us for a couple of years to then realize that we're having better opportunities elsewhere.

Because you've trained us so well, we are sought by your competitors. So my advice is for you to notice the brain drain and do something about it!!!

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  1.  

    Good place for summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Andover, MA

    I worked at Physical Sciences as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a plethora of interesting projects to work on from applied optics to biomedical to electrochemical. Projects turn over as they reach completion and new grants come in, so there are always new things to work on. As an intern I was able to do meaningful design work and felt like I was valued.

    Cons

    Sometimes PSI isn't the most organized place, and at times it isn't very clear what you're supposed to be doing, or when things are going to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people to communicate more. It felt a bit like everybody was off doing their own thing and not stepping out of their offices or labs very often to check in with other people working on the project. This leads to decreased communication and idea exchange, and can result in confusion or misunderstandings.

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    Challenging technical environment for self motivated research professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Physical Sciences

    Pros

    Ability to pursue own research if funding available. Emphasis on technology transition dependent on government funding. Average salary but very good benefits and flexible work schedule. Good facilities. But expectation is that you will do a lot of background work on your own time.

    Cons

    Not a good place for someone looking for a 9-5 job. Advancement more keyed to winning proposals than program performance. Engineers play a secondary role to scientists but that is changing. Management often seems indecisive in resolving problems.

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