PNNL Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
79 Reviews
3.7
79 Reviews
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PNNL Director Michael Kluse
Michael Kluse
30 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)

  • the city is small, not many fun (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PNNL full-time for 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
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    Poor Management, Deceptive Co-Workers

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

    I worked at PNNL full-time for 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
  3.  

    Summary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Great people and collaborators.

    Cons

    Richland is a very small place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    good lab

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    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
  6.  

    PNNL Internship

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    My internship at PNNL was a great experience. There was a really fun team building exercise with other interns from various backgrounds that proved to be very helpful. My mentor was very understanding about the knowledge that I had and pushed me to learn more about what I was doing through publications and other people based at PNNL. This internship helped me get a good job as a research assistant during college.

    Cons

    The training was very lengthy, but was to be expected in such an environment. The weather was quite warm, other than that there's really nothing to complain about.

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, we do amazing science!

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with incredibly smart people on important scientific initiatives. Have lots of resources to do your job well and be supported by others. If you are good at what you do you will have no problem finding funding.

    Cons

    Clients and funding can be frustrating. Senior leadership often does not communicate well with staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to do postdoc!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    Good place to do postdoc if you wanna get an industry lab in the future.

    Cons

    Small place. Not fun for singles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor working environment for scientists

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

    I have been working at PNNL as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Money, 2. Equipment, 3. Quality of PIs

    Cons

    1. An institution run by clerks and secretaries. The bureaucracy kills all the fun of science., 2. The safety protocols are so excessive that they intrude into the scientists' work., 3. Due to the harsh security measures, even members of the same group are inherently distrustful of each other. 4. Do not expect to get access to labs fast enough to get any real work done if you are a short term visitor/summer intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No use giving advice simply because they will never make the security protocols less invasive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A place with good research capabality

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    Former Employee - S&E  in  Richland, WA
    Former Employee - S&E in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice campus, great support staff, good benefits.

    Cons

    Limited resources to get research moving forward. Old boy culture limit career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are missing and corporate culture need to move from plans to action.

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

    Interview with PNNL

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative working environment, flexible working hours (which is similar in any national lab), aggressive research goals,

    Cons

    Location, it seems there is still an active nuclear reactor 20 miles away. And the city is small, there is not many interesting stuff to do. And it is far away from Portland and Seattle (3.5 hours driving), and it is in the middle of a desert, weather is not very good.

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