Fermilab
3.7 of 5 45 reviews
www.fnal.gov Batavia, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Fermilab Reviews

Updated Feb 27, 2014
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3.7 45 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Fermilab Director Piermaria J. Oddone

Piermaria J. Oddone

(20 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Very nice family

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Batavia, IL

I worked at Fermilab as a contractor for less than a year

ProsDiversity is a wonderful thing.

ConsParking can sometimes be full.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A formerly great employer in decline

Computer Professional (Former Employee)

I worked at Fermilab full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFermilab has a mission of profound impact to mankind. Many people will be impressed when you tell them you work at Fermi. Many very bright and hard-working co-workers. Flexible hours for some. New lab director arrived in 2013 and created some optimism among the employee base with his initial comments.

ConsOnly employer to ever furlough me, the whole lab was being furloughed in 2008 on a rotating schedule. Chronic budget drama and mixed messages emanating from Washington DC. Resources are very limited. Many projects at least some very poorly managed and few resources with which to complete them. Clumsy out-sourcing of the medical office. Used to be a very friendly employer, but has now gotten kind of mean/ruthless with the scare resources. Low morale. Talented staff that built the place getting older and leaving the lab, but not hiring enough in my former area to keeping things going at the same level. Young staff find work elsewhere. So continuity is an issue. Lab has historically tolerated a lot of deadwood and poor behavior, which makes it really hard for the very good people there. Some very unprofessional behavior. Management has historically made many more promises about improving things than they have kept. Many poor managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink things through and hold yourself and others accountable. Pray for better from Washington DC. :)

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fermilab was a great place to work. A lot of employee benefits and a good overall work environment.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Fermilab as an intern

ProsPeople that work there are very friendly and intelligent. Environment is professional but comfortable.

ConsThe types of jobs there is very diverse and sometimes communication can be lacking between sectors.

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Eye-opening, cutting edge science in a collegial workplace

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Fermilab

ProsFlexibility, community, satisfying motivation for work.

ConsSalary not competitive with industry peers.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove hiring and retention of younger workers

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Great place to be a scientist

Research Scientist (Former Employee)

I worked at Fermilab full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWorking with highly skilled people on some of the greatest current scientific questions. A lot of team work in a collaborative environment.

ConsStaff development could be improved to make a more flexible staff. Federal funding is falling and there are no other revenue streams.

Advice to Senior ManagementSelect forward going projects and work to develop the staff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Comfortable but stagnant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Fermilab full-time for more than 5 years

ProsComfortable and safe. People are nice, laid back, not too much pressure, rarely have a deadline to meet.

ConsStagnant and safe. Things move slow here, and young people rarely have opportunities to advance their careers.

Advice to Senior ManagementNourish and promote young people

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Inspiring

Intern (Former Employee)
Batavia, IL

I worked at Fermilab as an intern for less than a year

ProsSmart people, good location, great support, you will learn a lot weather you like it or not, Bisons.

Conscan be intimidating, long hours, funding can be difficult.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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SIST Intern 2011

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Fermilab

ProsBest Internship for an Stem major!
(05/2011 - 08/2011)​Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory ‘FNAL’
● Learned the functionality of a cryogenic ionization chamber beam loss monitor systems (BLMs)
● .Designed the initial schematics design extension for the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) used for the recollection of data from the BLMs.
● Analyzed data from the BLMs and simulated data from oscilloscopes to verify the functionality of the FPGA.

ConsIt's hard to receive funding, but Dianne Engram and the entire committee always manage to give us at least 3 spots.

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The diversity of employees is amazing and they are all treated with dignity and respect.

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Batavia, IL

I worked at Fermilab as a contractor for less than a year

ProsEveryone works together as one team.

ConsThe only downside is that there may be government shutdowns.

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great first experience

Guest Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Fermilab full-time for more than 5 years

Proshuman relations, everyone is really friendly and ready to help you....

Consin this period some funds problems

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