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PNNL Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
87 Reviews
3.6
87 Reviews
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PNNL Director Michael Kluse
Michael Kluse
32 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL

    Pros

    Great place to work, a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    the location may be a problem for a good life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Throwback to an earlier era

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist V in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist V in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    The researchers are wonderful and diverse. Despite the bureaucracy, administrators and managers work hard to provide a calm, stress free environment allowing researchers to focus on their work. There is plenty of room for having a life outside of work. If you are successful in bringing in funding for the research you want to do through your own grants, you can do your own thing and are left in peace.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, PNNL operates under an antiquated system that depends too heavily on government research budgets: when those budgets wax, there is money aplenty; when they wane, there is downsizing. Bureaucracy is thick: there are a lot of rules and resources expended on their enforcement. The regulations intended to preserve the objectivity of scientists define a very strict separation between "research" and "commercialization" activities that hampers entrepreneurial scientists and engineers interested in actively engaging in marketing their ideas and products. This can be stifling for those who want to be measured by impact beyond grants and publications, or to take their ideas out into the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To really thrive and attract the new breed of entrepreneurial scientists, PNNL needs to set itself free: the same researchers operating under a more streamlined structure and liberated from the strict rules of an FFRDC -- something more akin to a university or non-profit laboratory -- would enable PNNL to more easily grow its reach and increase its impact. At very least, PNNL could reinstitute entrepreneurial leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    IOS Developer interview

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    Former Employee - IOS Developer Intern in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - IOS Developer Intern in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good team exposure, easy to contact senior staff

    Cons

    Boring city, nothing to do on weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Possibly have interns in the Seattle office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern

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    Former Employee - Science Undergraduate in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Science Undergraduate in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hands on laboratory experience. Great if you are a sophomore in college.

    Cons

    Interns are often used as subsidized labor since the department of energy funds a portion of the position. The paper and presentation that is required at the end of the internship is pretty useless. I was told on many occasions nobody actually reads the paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discouraged Interns from pursuing further research.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Internship at PNNL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great laidback workplace, very flexibile.

    Cons

    A lot of senior staff has to constantly look for funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great job, not great location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice and professional people to work with. Flexi-hours

    Cons

    Limited vacation! Salary OK but not great. The city is a very small remote town. like middle of nowhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Government Job

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Cyber Security in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Great retirement path for those looking for a place to slide into obscurity.

    Cons

    Few opportunities, poor leadership, and really no direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire already

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to explore if you are competent.

    Cons

    It can be stressful with multiple projects, but it's their work style.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor Management, Deceptive Co-Workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can set your own hours and pursue your passions. Freedom to work on many different projects. Great learning environment for scientists and engineers. Keep your head down and work hard and you will be OK. Many interesting problems come your way because people are looking for solutions at the lab.

    Cons

    Working at PNNL is like working in an abusive relationship with management. The seem to eventually find the bad managers and get rid of them but it takes too long. Co-workers are very competitive. Marketing money sits at the top and is lightly disbursed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out from ALD and up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good lab

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours that are good for people with family.
    Good benefits.
    Location is a little far away from big cities but cost of living is low.
    Good work life balances.

    Cons

    Constant pressure to get fundings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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