PNNL Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
82 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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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 (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
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    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
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    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 (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
  11.  

    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

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