Fermilab Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
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  1. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Batavia, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Batavia, IL

    I worked at Fermilab full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great interesting laboratory
    Does great work in particle physics

    Cons

    Didn't experience any negatives
    Was there for 10 weeks as an intern, very accomodating

  2. Rewarding.

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    Former Contractor - Senior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Senior Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Fermilab as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The subject matter is very interesting. The work atmosphere is not in a panic state 100% of the time.

    Cons

    The facilities were not the most comfortable. While knowledgeable the leadership was lacking in "people" related areas. My manager micro managed the dept and also took things "personally" etc and would react childishly.

    Advice to Management

    It has come to my attention that the management has changed and my manager has been promoted into a area where he can be more efficient.

  3. Very nice family

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Batavia, IL
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Batavia, IL

    I worked at Fermilab as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity is a wonderful thing.

    Cons

    Parking can sometimes be full.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    A formerly great employer in decline

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    Former Employee - Computer Professional
    Former Employee - Computer Professional

    I worked at Fermilab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fermilab 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.

    Cons

    Only 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 Management

    Think things through and hold yourself and others accountable. Pray for better from Washington DC. :)

  6. Helpful (1)

    Comfortable but stagnant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fermilab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Nourish and promote young people

  7. I worked at Fermilab as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  8. Eye-opening, cutting edge science in a collegial workplace

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fermilab

    Pros

    Flexibility, community, satisfying motivation for work.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive with industry peers.

    Advice to Management

    Improve hiring and retention of younger workers

  9. Great place to be a scientist

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Research Scientist

    I worked at Fermilab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Select forward going projects and work to develop the staff.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Inspiring

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    Former Intern - Intern in Batavia, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Batavia, IL

    I worked at Fermilab as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  11. SIST Intern 2011

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fermilab

    Pros

    Best 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.

    Cons

    It'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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