Uchicago Argonne

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Independence, high quality research facilities, the pace of work is slow

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Current Employee - Director's Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Lemont, IL
Current Employee - Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL

I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

Pros

Excellent compensation and benefits package as compared to similar organizations. The advantage of living in a suburb near Chicago. High quality life. Excellent research facilities and people are generally very helpful towards post-docs. Overall a good place to make a lifelong career if you can find a permanent position.

Cons

Pace of work is slow mainly because of the amount of paperwork involved. No clear guidance on transition to a permanent position. Many times you have to generate your own work otherwise you can be here for two years and have nothing to show for it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please make an effort to provide clear career guidance to new post-docs. The post-doctoral programs office does it but they have limited leverage. Post-docs need to hear it from their supervisors.

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    Good salary, bad opportunities

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee

    I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

    Pros

    The salary is high comparing with the university postdoc. The working time is flexible. you have 1.25 day/ month for vacation. Campus is big and university like.

    Cons

    1, The research in the lab is sloppy, and the fame for some divisions is not good, such as bioscience. All the scientists (PI) have no tenure. If the PI is not in a famous group such as APS, CNM which are supported by DOE as the user facilities, they are very hard to survive. So is the postdoc, if you are not join a group in a big center, you cannot get any good training for your career. And you might face with the funding problems, and sometime you cannot finish the first year. Most postdoc need at least two years to get some decent results to publish.
    2, The recruiters are prohibited to enter the lab. So there is not opportunities such as the campus recruiting.
    3, The collaboration sucks. The lab have some very good instrument, but you cannot use it only if you are the "user". you need tedious training by the staff who can get the credit by training you. You never can use the SEM or TEM as in universities.
    4, the research level is low considering the billion funding they got. There is no famous researcher for many years, maybe no member of NAS or NAE. If you are considering to enter the academic, not a good place to be a postdoc here.
    5, too much politics, as I said, if you are not in a "group" (some centers), you are really hard to survive. This is the reason why nobody quit their university position to the lab and some guys move to the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the user facility as the user facility, instead of doing the crappy research, and wasting the money.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A nice employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

    Pros

    Very nice people there. They are all very enthusiastic, kind and helping. The facilities are very good too. Funding is also not hard to get. Definitely a very good place to do research.

    Cons

    It is a bit far from the city. And too much traffic going back and forth. Not many activities going on around there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More activities, changing types of food in the cafeteria. More opportunities for people to get to know each other and more buildings.

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