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Air Force Research Laboratory Reviews

Updated January 19, 2017
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Pros
  • It's a great place to start your scientific career, and they are very supportive of advanced education (in 4 reviews)

  • A lot of cutting edge science occurring and access to a wealth of equipment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Being a government institution sometimes the bureaucracy and red tape can slow down the work, but it is just the nature of the job (in 5 reviews)

  • Success and promotion is not based on contribution to the organization, intelligence or motivation, but very shallow factors (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "AFRL Rvw"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Ability to participate in the cutting edge of Air Force technology research and development and to work with experts in a variety of engineering fields.

    Cons

    Gov bureaucracy makes it tough to make significant changes to research direction from the bottom. Most opportunities to pursue innovative new research require seeking outside sponsors for the work. Very slow hiring process makes it tough to attract and keep fresh talent.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to adapt more quickly and to continue to enhance innovative & rapid acquisition processes to cut red tape. Put procedures in place to fast-track hiring & to make offers more competitive with industry in key technical areas.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    AFRL is a great place to work. Challenging, good advancement opportunities, friendly people, low cost of living.

    Cons

    AFRL can be a difficult place to work as a young person due to the uneven age distribution. There are a lot of people who are very close to retirement, and a lot of young people, there are not many people in between.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of people who are very close to retirement, and a lot of young people, there are not many people in between.


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    "Horrible Experience. Integrity is gone here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Air Force Research Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was paid almost every biweekly.

    Cons

    They allow inexperience veterans/army to fill positions, and they have no skills for position. They bully and harass outsiders who are not government or Army/Air Force. What happened to Integrity, which is in the Airman handbook? The sequestration really has destroy this place. This place at one time where dinosaurs (great), but there is just dinosaur bones here now. Donald Trump should clean house here. We need some innovation coming from here again. and fast...

    Advice to Management

    Do not be scare of leading and saying something is wrong. Or allowing injustice to prevail.


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  5. "Summer Scholar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn about some amazing research and with incredible scientists.

    Cons

    Limited project scopes for summer.


  6. "Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Wright Patterson, OH
    Former Employee - Researcher in Wright Patterson, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Air Force Research Laboratory (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were a lot of good things about this job. Being able to lead your own projects and be creative with you how you go about the problems is one thing that they emphasize heavily in the labs. They trust you enough from day one and want you to learn and develop from your experiences.

    Cons

    There wasn't much teamwork aspect to the research projects. Although there was a lot of communication through different departments, there was never much collaborating with teammates on certain in house projects.

    Advice to Management

    Advice would be to give the workers more of an opportunity to collaborate on certain areas. Other than that most management is sufficient.


  7. "Focus on the R&D mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work place that encourages out of the box thinking. Opportunities for training and attendance at conferences. Also opportunities for career growth and lateral movement if you choose.

    Cons

    Scientists and engineers are often overloaded and taxed with additional duties. Need to focus on the core of our mission, which is to produce R&D products. The wrong type of management will discourage risk. Very risk adverse in some cases. Too slow at other times to keep up with trends.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find the right balance of allowing scientist and engineers to perform their work, without over burdening of additional duties and micro management. Learn to take more risk.


  8. "Captain at AFRL, Kirtland AFB"

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    Current Employee - Captain in Kirtland AFB, NM
    Current Employee - Captain in Kirtland AFB, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Research Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some exciting work. Easy to move around as military, most of the leadership is good at taking care of your career

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. It takes 4 months to acquire a Matlab license and 18-24 months to let a contract.


  9. "CAE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mission Viejo, CA

    I worked at Air Force Research Laboratory (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a lot of fun being able to build the different aspects of the project. Used many different real life ways of using business know how.

    Cons

    I wish we were given a clearer idea of what the product was going to be used to build and test.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for the management team of University of California Irvine. Was a great learning experience for me.


  10. "Entry Level Research Experience at Information Directorate"

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    Current Employee - Sponsored Summer Research Assistant in Rome, NY
    Current Employee - Sponsored Summer Research Assistant in Rome, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Building a relationship with my professor, helps with Grad School application
    Assist in information research that could help monitor illegal activities
    Pay is competitive when housing/expense allowance is included
    Fairly autonomous work environment, people are very friendly and help you to have everything you need to do your research
    Inexpensive coffee because of a community funded coffee program
    Work with intelligent people with a variety of personalities who are generally friendly and informative

    Cons

    Didn't have a lot of work space
    Internet access requires jumping through some hoops
    Getting a temporary laptop takes a while
    Work can be difficult due to it being novel research with no prescribed schema

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how the hierarchy works, I'm fairly new and although there is some degree of bureaucratic hoops to jump through I have no complaints on how I've been treated, quite the contrary, people are rarely as friendly in my everyday life as those I worked with


  11. "Excellent to work for"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Branch Chief in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Deputy Branch Chief in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As a federal employee, great benefits and 9/80 work schedule. AFRL/RV is a great place to work for with great people and state of the art labs.

    Cons

    Things can move slowly because of budgetary issues at the Federal level.

    Advice to Management

    None



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