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Paul K. Kearns
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "Employee satisfaction is really high because the management wants their employees to have a good work/life balance(in 28 reviews)

  • "Excellent mentorship, wonderful work environment(in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • "The amenities are a bit old and it's really far away from everything(in 10 reviews)

  • "Wish I could get hired full time(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Friendly People and Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great overall experience at lab

    Cons

    Nothing negative I can say about the lab

  2. "Slow-moving big ship"

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    Former Employee - Staff 

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, passionate colleagues, interesting work environment

    Cons

    Slow moving, old fashioned, projects sit for years with little progress. Lack of investment in mission support departments. People stay for a short amount of time or for decades with little in between

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    "A nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate 

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Professional. Decent pay compared to university.

    Cons

    Universities have more interesting events

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Should be better than in is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Some of the best science in the world takes place here; world-class facilities. People generally good minded and focused. Great global recognition.

    Cons

    Senior management and leadership teams spend too much time shuffling deck chairs, reorganizing departments, promoting folks with poor leadership skills, and allowing short term thinking to guide their strategy. Everything is a crisis. Too many fiefdoms. And if you cross an age-barrier, you are suddenly part of the problem needing to be solved.

    Advice to Management

    Lead people and get out of their way. Decouple age from lack of motivation. Enable the scientists. Hold leaders accountable. Stop focusing on reorgs and turning over staff. Stop being ageist. Let people do their jobs.

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    "World class science in action"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory

    Pros

    - world class science happens here. Strong collaboration with scientists and engineers - Leadership is informed, communicative and engaged. Very aware of the close knit community of employees and works hard to engage with teams despite being very hierarchical. - Range of work is very broad and across the spectrum. - Family friendly environment and expectation is you have a life outside the lab. - People are nice, laid...

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    Cons

    - Far away from the City. Lab is pretty much in the middle of a forest away from most things. Getting here can get cumbersome. Traffic on I-55 can be killing in both directions. - Bureaucracy defines everything here. Tons of paperwork to get anything done which means sometimes the place is a graveyard of great ideas. - Nothing moves fast. See above. - Pay is lower than industry scale. Most people are here for the science...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do and take your staff along. You are doing great to keep Argonne the great family friendly facility. Please identify career growth opportunities and frameworks for growth so people know where they can reach.

  6. "Emergency Management advise"

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    Current Employee - EM Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fascinating science and research environment

    Cons

    For EM / COOP.... outdated, unprofessional, unqualified

    Advice to Management

    Your EM staff is unqualified

  7. "Good research place to balance life and science"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, low pressure, good life style, lots of freedom

    Cons

    Low productivity in science, scientists are old, lots of bureaucracy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    The People, Salary/Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Mission Driven.

    Cons

    Struggle on how to develop its people. Decision making is slow, very higher-ed driven.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on employees, current and future. More resources needed in developing employees. More resources to hire the best people.

  9. "postdoctoral appointee"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and peoples are super nice.

    Cons

    Nothing can complain about. Or maybe the food from cafeteria should improve a little bit.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nuclear Engineering at ANL"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Very good retirement package and benefits. Guaranteed job no matter how bad you are at it.

    Cons

    Most projects aren't actually going to be built or do anything. Coding is done on ancient programs and in defunct languages. You probably will not develop any useful job skills while specializing in systems that no one will ever use.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the required paperwork to do everything. Even simple tasks require sign offs by multiple managers. Your people are all highly trained, college graduates and can be responsible on their own. Also, you don't have to pick a specific reactor design but you can certainly exclude some from further research.

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