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National Institute of Standards and Technology Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
68 Reviews

3.9
68 Reviews
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National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Patrick D. Gallagher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are surrounded by cutting edge equipment and research (in 6 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and easy commute to Gaithersburg (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Too many red tapes, hard to get work done (in 4 reviews)

  • It's the government, so it can be slow at times (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    wonderful place for scientists and fantastic research topics with a great team of experts and professionals

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great research, wonderful management, fantastic research logistics, great internal paper review, high ethics

    Cons

    I do not have any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep what you have been doing and NIST is simply a great place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not treated fairly

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work, plenty of benifits. They play their favorites. If you are not kissing bosses buts you will go NOWHERE

    Cons

    Do not get treated fairly. They move me around the shop and give me no good work even though I am one of people that has the most time in here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro managing this place. The division chief does not have to have his hands in everything that goes on in the shop. The supervisors are not manager material. They have NO experience in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Freedom to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Pros

    good balance of work and life

    Cons

    Just like one of government lab...

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  5.  

    Each group can be a completely different experience. Your Group Leader really matters.

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cutting-edge basic research with a Nobel-winning reputation. Really amazing research staff and a work-life balance that is whatever you need it be. Sometimes you just get jazzed on something and work all weekend just for the fun of it. Other times, you can take a break and enjoy a nice spring day. Good academic style environment with lots of young post-docs and grad students bringing fresh outlooks into the labs.

    Cons

    Procurement process is there to hold you back, not help you. Somehow, the Boulder labs avoid the worst of it. The lab overhead staff never has to write proposals and compete for funding - they just levy internal taxes and get their funding. Successful lab persons learn to live with the system because they love their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a handle on the overhead-monster and do whatever is possible to streamline procurement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Guest foreign researcher

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    Former Employee - Guest Researcher  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment; Freedom to do research and to particiate of different kind of projects.

    Cons

    Gaithersburg is an small city, even been too close of D.C.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great organization for science.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dedicated and top-notch people, great laboratories, and state-of-the-art work being done by the organization.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to stay on after postdoc term is finished.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    great place to learn

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    Former Employee - Electronics Intern  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Electronics Intern in Boulder, CO

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - learn a lot from senior engineers
    - laid back environment

    Cons

    Intern is not given enough work to do. But I guess it depends on who you work with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fancy equipment. Cutting-edge research

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    Former Employee - Guest Researcher  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Do not have to worry about funding

    Cons

    Very hard to become staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student Researcher

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone there is very kind and helpful. Lots of seminars and trainings provided to help improve and expand your skill set.

    Cons

    Lots of office politics and projects can be very unstructured. Not all parts of NIST are as disorganized with direction, but from my experience in Manufacturing side of the house, there was more of a push for output rather than quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in both long term and short term project. Don't always force projects to feed into one another because it might limit the direction of each project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    NIST can be a great place to work...as long as you are an official employee and not a guest researcher.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time

    Pros

    There is a "flex time" policy that allows workers to escape the mundane 8-5 work schedule. There is also a childcare center on the campus. NIST looks outstanding on a resume.

    Cons

    It seems that things can go one of two ways for a worker at NIST. If he/she is labelled the poster child for whatever research involved in, then he/she will get accolades, decent bonuses (as compared to the rest of the bonus pool), promotions, all the face time (guest tours, etc.), and so on. If not, then he/she will spend his/her time trying to stay in the loop and not be left behind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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