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Updated May 12, 2014
Updated May 12, 2014
42 Reviews

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  1.  

    It was amazing. Very good experience writing Math Competition Questions

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

    Pros

    Interest in Education and Learning

    Cons

    I wish if I would have got long time contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

  2.  

    ORAU has a good benefits package and work environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    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
  3.  

    Information Technology

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

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    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
  6.  

    Great experience overall!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Laboratory Technician  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Student Laboratory Technician in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Specifically, I'm a Student Lab Technician which is a co-op/intern program they offer year-round with a maximum of 5 years. I'm currently in my fourth year...

    - they pay for my books, tuition, and give me an hourly rate (15/hr - 18/hr depending on your academic level
    - you can be placed just about anywhere at ORNL so there are many interesting projects
    - real world experience which looks fantastic on your resume

    Cons

    - sometimes the projects can be boring... but that's how the real world can be
    - sometimes you're so busy that school suffers (but the attitude is school comes first, and they understand), and other times you can be bored... there's always work, if you look hard enough
    - the commute isn't the greatest
    - the place can be slow paced... takes a long time to get anything done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about your students, keep them involved and interested in what's going on around the place

  7.  

    Great experience, subpar work speed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Great opportunity. I was able to learn a lot of applicable experience that I will definitely be able to utilize to further my career. Facilities were one of a kind (SNS) with great a environment and individuals. World class individuals and projects.

    Cons

    Expected problems working with government/unionized organization: unable to perform simple tasks like moving monitors etc., slow work process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great, easy to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Easy to work for, helpful, stay out of the way, minimal training

    Cons

    benefits could be better for full-time temporary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    working at ORNL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Thre is good gain of experience

    Cons

    Life is pretty slow around here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intern- Learned a Great Deal, Was On My Own

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Looks great on a resume
    Decent pay for an internship
    Great experience in terms of working in a lab setting
    Challenging

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, difficult to get straight answers on what can/cannot be done
    Often left to my own devices for long periods of time without much direction
    Goals often unrealistic for interns level of experience and time available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set more realistic goals and spend more time directing interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of politics and drama involved but great coworkers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Good benefits if you are regular employee, great coworkers.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor (which a large portion of the work force is right now) you are not treated as an equal and they expect you to work when others are enjoying their many days off and you get no benefits whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should treat all workers as equals and quit treating contractors as second class citizens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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