National Nuclear Security Administration

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National Nuclear Security Administration Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
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  1.  

    Great place to intern!

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Nuclear Security Administration as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of very exciting thing happening with this agency. All members of the department were very knowledgeable and friendly. I defiantly recommend NNSA for an internship. Also, a lot of great networking opportunities.

    Cons

    It was difficult to work in this environment because they do not give security clearances to interns. This limited the amount of independant work I could do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with this program. It is great for students to get to experience what agencies like NNSA do for our country.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A mission driven experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - strong ties to mission
    - high grades
    - educated workforce

    Cons

    - limited field opportunities
    - aging workforce with no succession planning
    - relatively new agency, so still finding it's place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - invest heavily in succession planning to ensure corporate knowledge is not lost

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Think Twice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The overall mission is very positive - Nuclear Security on behalf of the American people along with the cutting edge science that supports it.

    Cons

    This is a very poorly run agency. Ill-defined standards fro employees, ad hoc, haphazard decisionmaking justified after the fact with little support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees more fairly, define goals and objectives more fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Difficult organizational climate that is stuck in the past

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    Current Employee - US Navy Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - US Navy Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The workforce of Naval Reactors is extremely intelligent and capable and has a mandate that covers a broad range of national security missions. The work can be interesting and have a sense of purpose. The organization promotes from within and there is generally a very strong work-life balance.

    Cons

    The organizational climate centers around the philosophy of Hyman G. Rickover, a Navy Admiral credited with launching the world's first nuclear powered submarine. 30+ years later, "Rickover principles" still dominate the processes and culture of the organization. I would caution anyone who is used to a modern and professional work environment, progressive human resources policies, and collaborative rather than combative engagement with their peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership needs to take a hard look at the organizational culture and determine if the values of the 1970s are the same as the values that are needed today. I fear that this organization will continue to bleed their most talented and aware employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    A bad organization at its pinnacle. This is the government version of Enron.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Analyst in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some bright spots in the organization but the sum is poor. There is talent within and some really solid employees. Gosh, I want to find some good things to say....good benefits but that is the Gov. not this organization. Well, the mission is unique.

    Cons

    Many very high level GS employees without a degree - GS -13, 14, and even 15s.
    Lack of promotion potential.
    Good 'ol boy network.
    One phrase I have heard around here: f'up move up.
    Work culture is equivalent to a dried up bird terd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing I advise would ever coagulate the dysfunction in this organization.

    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Okay place for engineer to work if job security is most important, and you don't care for a technical challenge

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    Current Employee - General Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and job security. Positions are usually a grade higher then other government agencies.

    Cons

    Engineers do mostly administrative work, and the more interesting work is contracted out. Non-technical and marginally skilled people are paid equal to highly educated engineers and scientists. Many people retiring or leaving and not being back-filled, so remaining employees are being overburdened. Promotions are based on longevity, not performance. Bad employees are highly tolerated, and people that work hard end up picking up their slack. Most of the talented younger generation is leaving or will be leaving for better opportunities. The rest of the government perceives this agency as incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold employees more accountable. Reward, promote, and train the high performers, punish and remove the bottom feeders.

    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Needs to improve in the career management area.

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    Current Employee - Business Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Management Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I'm trying to think of some....some of my co-workers make this place tolerable

    Cons

    Terrible management, poor communication, good ol' boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start really managing would be a first step. Communicate, communicate, communicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    NNSA could achieve mission and structural changes if allowed to come out of the showdows of the DOE

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration

    Pros

    Somewhat dysfunctional organizational structure but the mission is a positive one. NNSA is a semi-antonymous Agency within the US Department of Energy. As such, lines of authority and mission parameters tend to blur. There are way too many layers of bureaucracy for clear mission deliniation.

    Cons

    Changing mission, management structure and too much bureaucracy. There is not enough Federal oversight on the contractors doing the work. Layer and layer of add-ons make for huge project costs. It's now been proven that it isn't cheaper to do work with contractors versus federal employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lobby Congress to approve a clear deliniation of authorities and move out from under the oppressive "science" side of DOE and focus on National Security issues.

    Recommends
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