PNNL Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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PNNL Director Michael Kluse
Michael Kluse
39 Ratings

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. Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL

    Pros

    Flexible schedule is a plus.

    Cons

    Long term employment based in yearly funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More stable long term budgets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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

    Pros

    Well paid compare to the location

    Cons

    Location (very small town richland)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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.

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  5. 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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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.

  7. A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PNNL

    Pros

    Great people, strong management team. Positive corporate culture

    Cons

    Not a lot of good growth opportunities in the communications field

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    funding is uncertain from year to year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Opportunities abound at PNNL but you have to earn them

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive and smart colleagues, of course it depends on the group you are in but in general they are all great. Lot of advanced scientific activity. Community and STEM focus. Flexible hours and very good work/life balance. Reasonable compensation considering the cost of living in Richland.

    Cons

    Usual Government bureaucracy but it can be overcome with personal relationships that take time to build. Some nepotism like everywhere. There are some abusive senior managers that nobody will touch because they bring in money but they destroy the morale of a big number of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on rewarding performers and let go of abusive managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. General

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    Current Employee - Manager in Elmsford, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Elmsford, NY

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    Awesome private employer with exceptional talents.

    Cons

    Not easy to get employed by this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    E

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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