PNNL Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is fantastic (in 9 reviews)

  • Positive, collaborative working environment (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • None if you live in the Tri-cities; if you are off-site it is a major negative strike (in 4 reviews)

  • Staff competence is judged on whether they can find work within the company and charges to the overhead budget is watched carefully (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Scientist III

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy and flexible schedule; I can come and go as long as I meet my milestones and deliverables.

    Cons

    Terrible work load, always scrambling for funding.

  2. Its a nice place to get experience and a decent place to save some money.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great salary, flexible hours. My peers are generally really terrific people.

    Cons

    Management is 85% awful. There are good managers but m,y experience has been with poor managers and poorly led projects

  3. Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule is a plus.

    Cons

    Long term employment based in yearly funding.

    Advice to Management

    More stable long term budgets.

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  5. It's a nice place to work for researcher. You have a freedom to define your problem with some project constraints.

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    Current Employee - Post Masters Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Post Masters Research Associate in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid compare to the location

    Cons

    Location (very small town richland)

  6. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people to work with; you will get a lot of opportunities to learn new skills; flexible working schedule

    Cons

    There could be a lot of uncertainties with research funding.

  7. A good place to start your carreer or right before retirement. This is really not a place for young thriving people.

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back. Very nice work/life balance. Traveling. Very hard to be fired (in the field of computer science).

    Cons

    Richland is a very isolated place. Most of the people work there for job security and do no really thrive. Very conservative close minded culture. Very low innovation. Compliance is more important than creativity.

  8. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PNNL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to grow your skill set. really flexible work environment great benefits. hard work and passion rewarded and appreciated by colleagues.

    Cons

    unfortunately pacific northwest national laboratory is located in the Tri Cites. having much of your funding contingent on the whims of some idiot in Washington can be frustrating.

  9. A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PNNL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, strong management team. Positive corporate culture

    Cons

    Not a lot of good growth opportunities in the communications field

  10. Postdoc @ PNNL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance;
    Smart people to work with;
    Sophisticated instruments available

    Cons

    funding is uncertain from year to year

  11. The only reason people work here is for the benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are the main draw. Not bad for experience and a resume builder.

    Cons

    The work is boring and the company is ran terribly. If you like high nepotism and kissing up to get promotions this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Try being leaders not managers. Get away from the golf course and talk to your employees. You may be surprised at what you manage.

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