Oak Ridge Associated Universities

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Oak Ridge Associated Universities Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Not a bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Operations Planner, Senior  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Planner, Senior in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Oak Ridge Associated Universities full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is good work life balance, benefits are good. Salaries are satisfactory

    Cons

    My current manager is a micromanager and lacks tactic, interpersonal skills. Makes it difficult sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more mentoring opportunities and Poor communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Localized teams are focused and enjoyable to work in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oak Ridge Associated Universities full-time

    Pros

    Location, interesting programs for public service. Flexible in changing times.

    Cons

    Subject to Federal swings in budgets and program priorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was amazing. Very good experience writing Math Competition Questions

    Former Employee - Honorary Volunteer  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Honorary Volunteer in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Oak Ridge Associated Universities as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Interest in Education and Learning

    Cons

    I wish if I would have got long time contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

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  5.  

    Stable work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oak Ridge Associated Universities full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are some genuinely good employees in the mix and people are very nice. Good benefits and work schedule. Many managers are authentic. Stable workplace. Employees set their own goals. Nice facilities. Government work done in-house tends to be of the feel-good variety, mostly not controversial.

    Cons

    Can be quite bureaucratic. Not cutting edge about most things. Long-term employees often become very conventional and resistant to change. Budget is on the downswing due to federal funding situation, so many advantages are beginning to fade. Cube farm. Lower pay than real private sector work. Work is not highly stimulating. Limited advancement opportunities.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Provides great opportunities to students

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    Former Employee - Biological Research Lab Tech Fellow  in  Fort Detrick, MD
    Former Employee - Biological Research Lab Tech Fellow in Fort Detrick, MD

    I worked at Oak Ridge Associated Universities as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generous stipend, great opportunities for students and recent graduates in science.

    Cons

    Health insurance very expensive when under fellowship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A truly terrible IT department. Spectacularly toxic.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oak Ridge Associated Universities

    Pros

    The corporate structure is there to make for an excellent job. Just avoid the IT department at all costs.

    Cons

    Many employees in the IT department have been there for many years and have no other career options. They plan to retire there. There is a tremendous amount of politics and backstabbing that you go through on a daily basis. Nepotism and cronyism run rampant. Terrible architecture. The department does it's best to not work at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gut the entire IT department and bring people from outside the area to redesign it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ORAU has a good benefits package and work environment.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at Oak Ridge Associated Universities full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good, especially when comparing to other companies in the East Tennessee region.
    Opportuntiies for advancement.
    Tuition reimbursement
    Push for certified PMPs with paid internal and external training and testing
    Fair policies enforced
    Hiring diverse staff
    Office environment is good. Co-workers are smart and motivated.

    Cons

    Management will not make decisions. Issues don't get resolved. Actions morph into reactions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Post Doc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oak Ridge Associated Universities

    Pros

    Great place to post doc

    Cons

    not a lot of career advancement

  10.  

    Information Technology

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    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at Oak Ridge Associated Universities full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, great health benefits, unlimited sick time, 1 floating holiday, 1 diversity day per year, accrual sick and vacation days. Work from home program. Able to work 9 hours per day and have Fridays off every other week.

    Cons

    Management do not care about the employees. Managers/Directors lack management training Workplace bullying in full affect. Favoritism, and lack of respect. Too many meetings without result. Nepotism is alive and well. Everyone is married to each other or related in some way. Many employees with tenure are afraid to speak about poor morale because of fear of reprisal. Would not recommend anyone to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt the traits of a good leader who promotes employee empowerment. Respect and listen to the employees, and avoid taking credit for team accomplishments. Try to mentor instead of finding reasons to fire employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly people, great teamwork, intense collaborative science, but bureaucratic.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at Oak Ridge Associated Universities full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Friendly work environment
    -Great teamwork
    -Access many exoerimental facilities in-house.
    -Critical work can be outsourced to in-house experts, so you can do what you are best at (also expect some in return).
    -Safety first priority, followed by quick implementation (once safety issues are addressed).
    -New ideas are always welcomed.
    -Great work-life balance.
    -As long as one learns how to cut through bureaucratic channels it is good (but it may take some time, and some never learn).
    -Keeping a good relationship at all levels is highly encouraged and is this is a good learning experience for that.
    -Great place for exploring the outdoors and sports activities. Several sports clubs around. It is in the Appalachian Mountains.
    -West Knoxville offers an excellent selection of housing, lifestyle and shops, and a fair selection of restaurants and schools.

    Cons

    -Safety issues may be long-drawn, sometimes excessive, expensive and inefficient.
    -May be too laid back (especially after getting used to Chicago lifestyle).
    -Quick, efficient decision making is compromised with bureaucracy.
    -Access to some of the experimental instruments needs lengthy paperwork (even though the instrument is not busy.
    -Some dead-wood is present.
    -The in-house contractors and trade-unions always over-charge their time, (and if you decide not to over-pay, they will be slow, and force you to overpay for their time).
    -A lot of freedom to work on own stuff and pace (which can be good and bad at same time).
    -Knoxville is not the best city for city-life lovers.
    -A few good private schools are present, but this is not the best school district in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The scientists are sometimes a little myopic about the experimental developments in other fields in the world, may be more exposure is necessary. Also, they should attract the best people, even if that means paying a bit more, and reaching out with a bit more advertising. Come down hard on dead-woods. Safety is OK, but more respect for efficiency is required.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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