PNNL Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is fantastic (in 9 reviews)

  • Collaborative working environment, flexible working hours (which is similar in any national lab), aggressive research goals, (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. Data Analyst Intern Review

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    Former Intern - Data Analyst Intern in Richland, WA
    Former Intern - Data Analyst Intern in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Amazing atmosphere with very cool and calm office environment - Research based funding, which means you will have to earn the funding with presentation and thereby become your own manager for the projects that you are handling

    Cons

    - Process workflow for procuring resources are slow - Not competitive enough for young individuals


  2. R&D PNNL

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richland, WA

    I worked at PNNL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great bunch of folks there. Great cutting edge technology and work is appreciated.

    Cons

    Politics can be a pain. At the laboratory, software engineers are grunt work. Everything depends on publications and software engineers are not in position to publish.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good Place to Work better for retirees and newbees

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richland, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule (BEST THING ABOUT PNNL), pension, great benefits, lots of roles for every interest, low cost of living in surrounding areas, great people.

    Cons

    pay is low, things move very slow, bad behavior is not addressed swiftly (and mostly not at all), too many people just collecting a check, PNNL perpetuates insubordinate behavior by moving troublemakers instead of getting rid of them. Seniority plays too much of a role in overall decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize you are losing younger talent because of the seniority/pay your dues mentality. People will work harder and better if they can be rewarded today. Not in 25 years. There is too much competition to do that these days.


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  5. Awesome research experience

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    Current Employee - Tech Intern IV in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Tech Intern IV in Richland, WA

    I have been working at PNNL

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

    Pros

    Started as an intern with little experience and have had nothing but good experiences with my mentors and other Co workers. Everyone is willing to share their knowledge or help with problems.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the best, but the cost of living in richland is much lower then other places.. making it work pretty well.

    Advice to Management

    I believe a better relationship with HR and managers would be very beneficial to the company. Otherwise, managers are awesome and are always willing to help.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Postdoc review

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great facility and state-of-the-art instrumentation.

    Cons

    Less freedom to conduct my own research.


  7. A flexible work environment surrounded by other intelligent people who get to work on tough and challenging projects

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    collaboration with other people on interesting and leading edge technology

    Cons

    The age gap and collective bargaining are somewhat of a burden, along with not enough resources where they should be at the field level and less middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Less paperwork and more collaboration opportunities along with merit pay


  8. Helpful (1)

    intense work load vs flexible work time

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

    I worked at PNNL full-time

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

    Pros

    You have the flexibility to arrange your own work schedule, as long as you deliver on time.

    Cons

    Need to work really hard to raise money.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    Business Oriented

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

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

    Pros

    Good Resources. Smart Team. Role for individual play.

    Cons

    It feels like work is never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Individual contributions should be recognized.


  10. Helpful (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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Scientist I

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and cutting edge science. Impactful missions where results are used to solve national and global issues.

    Cons

    Over managed, burdened by bureaucracy, morale low, and management is unwilling to pay competitive salaries in relation to similar jobs at other national labs. Thus turn over seems to be high with younger generations.

    Advice to Management

    Fight to keep your talent, do not over complicate the management chain and help steer mission away from bottom line objectives that constantly are focused on ways t make us more productive.



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