Y-12 National Security Complex

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Y-12 National Security Complex Reviews

Updated May 14, 2014
Updated May 14, 2014
12 Reviews

3.5
12 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    32 years in Oak RIdge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    I worked in the IT department and really enjoy dynamic work. Although not cutting edge, there was always opportunities to move to new work areas after a few years.

    Cons

    A little too much micromanagement for professionals. Making the 4-10 workweek optional would have been better for many workers. Parking can be terrible at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management seemed detached from the workers, more open meetings with groups would be appreciated.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Long time employee and it just gets worse...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Good initial offer, some interesting work going on. If you can get on in an hourly wage position this is possibly the greatest place you can ever work.

    Cons

    Zero career development, excessive amount of bureaucracy, zero risk acceptance promotes inefficient work practices, broken technical ladder for engineers with no clear method for advancing in a career other than getting a management job and even then you really have to get a great initial offer as your pay will not keep up with inflation. What irks me the most is that after 10-years of dedicated service, going above and beyond, working weekends at no additional pay, and having 10-years worth of "Exceptional" performance reviews I am still in the same pay-grade that I hired in at TEN YEARS AGO and according to guidance I should be two entire levels higher by now. Even worse is that I am FAR from the middle pay for the entry level position I am slotted and the hourly wage earners that I work with have and still make considerably more than I do even with less job experience, no degree and just considering base-pay, add in paid overtime and guaranteed raises and this is a great plant for a hourly wage earner . Discussions with many of my peers has revealed a very real pattern of under-paying and under-promoting the salaried workforce. I used to love the job but being dead-ended has worn my tolerance thin, I see no realistic long-term benefit for employment here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get RID of the lateral movements ASAP, ensure a competitive pay scale for employees, and please consider individual performance during raise / promotion time. Or better yet just keep giving below inflation raises and promotions regardless of performance reviews and keep the award funds for better things, as retention isn't a big deal apparently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Socialist Empire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    It's easy to impress people, because most of your peers will never go above and beyond. There WAS a pension plan that made their compensation package competitive, but that went away a couple of years ago. Your salary can START seemingly high.

    Cons

    Company has promotion guidelines, but does not follow them and your performance doesn't matter. You can be a stellar performer at pay grade x and the worst performer at pay grade x+2 will get the same percent increase you do, which equates to a lot more actual dollars for the lackluster performance. People never get demoted, so there is never freed up budget to reward the performers. Meanwhile, you can never get promoted unless you are at the top of your manager's list AND there is a budget for promotions AND you've been around 3 times longer than the promotion schedule AND you have dirt on someone. Additionally, you will not attain any new skills that translate to other industries. It's a bad career move to come to Y-12, unless you plan on staying until retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for work expected and done, not seniority. If someone gets a big raise for going into management, then leaves management because they either can't cut it or don't want to do it anymore, take their pay away so that more people can get the promotions they've earned. This is supposed to be a business, not socialist Greece where the aged become entitled based simply on time and attendance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer III  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting work, great coworkers

    Cons

    Congressional politics plays a huge role in your salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Another government job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    People that I work with

    Cons

    More concerned about making numbers than staff morale. Hard to make a difference. Lots of guns, guards, and gates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people as an asset and realize that morale is important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Intern experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    The new engineer rotation program give employees the opportunity to rotate through the various engineering departments to determine which one will be the best fit for the individual.

    Cons

    No negative comments at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Job security (so far). Calm atmosphere (mostly).

    Cons

    May have to seek direction/development advice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop the youth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome people, good pay and very meaningful mission.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reliability and Maintenance  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Reliability and Maintenance in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    The people are great. The pay is good. There is always new and challenging opportunities, and it's a very meaningful job field. Another great thing is the ability to transfer within the company, which leads to a myriad of opportunity in maintenance, operations, or administration.

    Cons

    As with any government job, a lot of bureaucracy. People are also tend to move slowly, and punctuality is not a virtue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fire Protection Engineering Intern  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Fire Protection Engineering Intern in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Great HR team
    Helpful colleagues
    Strong security presence

    Cons

    Large campus, lots of walking

    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Benefits & Pay; Terrible Morale & Communication

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    The benefits are the best in the area. Initial pay starts off well but plan on only getting a 2% yearly cost of living increase after that. Work schedule is very flexible and 4 day work weeks are nice.

    Cons

    Workforce is extremely aging. Small, if impossible, chance of advancement. Communication is HORRIBLE!! Company moral is non-existent. The company is managed top-down which leads to impossible tasks and deadlines. Upper and Middle management do not know the in's and out's of daily work. No bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. The current pay scale strategy promotes mediocrity and alienates the hard-workers. Find ways to incentivize the high potential, high performance workers.

    No opinion of CEO

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