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Argonne National Laboratory Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Argonne National Laboratory Director Peter B. Littlewood
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, competitive salary (compared to industry), 9% employer contribution to 401K, good insurance (BCBS IL) (in 20 reviews)

  • Very Comfortable Work Environment with Great Benefits (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of red tape involved in new work (in 9 reviews)

  • The job security isn't great since you are depending on government funding sought out through grant proposals (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great workplace!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours; lot's of potential to learn and expand your vistas!

    Cons

    Constrained number of maximum work hours for Co-op students.


  2. "Great work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance and working for a famous scientific research lab

    Cons

    Job maybe volatile as some programs are grant based which may affect job security

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with staff on a personal level


  3. "Argonne Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Metallurgical Engineer in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Metallurgical Engineer in Lombard, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good hours and benefits also a pretty area to work

    Cons

    Management does not care about workers, they steal ideas, there is little if any chance of advancement


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  5. "Software Development at Argonne"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very Comfortable Work Environment with Great Benefits

    Cons

    Project management is near non-existent, emphasis on in-house professional development is severely lacking and funding can be scarce especially when there's too much reliance on one big project carrying everyone's weight.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify software development work portfolio, adopt more agile type management practices, always scout for new development work and don't rely on big projects to last forever.


  6. "Software Development at Argonne"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Lemont, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very comfortable work environment with great nenefits, work life balance, flexible work from home schedule

    Cons

    Management is nearly non-existent, in-house professional development isn't prioritized highly enough, too much reliance on one big project that carry everyone's weight, not a diverse enough portfolio of projects.


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    "National Lab atomsphere far away from the city"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Predoctoral Appointee in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Predoctoral Appointee in Lemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Self-organized working
    - Few distractions
    - University of Chicago
    - International travel

    Cons

    - Long commute
    - Low salary
    - Few benefits (no retirement matching)
    - National Lab environment
    - Not many interesting people around
    - Hierarchical
    - Cafeteria / surrounding food places

    Advice to Management

    Very top-down and bureaucratic. Few chances for young scientists.


  8. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Aid in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Aid in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment; Good guidance

    Cons

    The salary is a little low

    Advice to Management

    no


  9. "Maintainace Mechanic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic I in Lemont, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic I in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work on a wide veritiy of equipment, great benefits, tuition reimbursement, good retirement. Pay is on bar or slightly above, room for advancements.

    Cons

    Depending on which group you work with you can get stuck and find it hard to progress in your career. The work can sometimes be slow and boring, it all depends where you end up within the site.

    Advice to Management

    Job rotation would help expose people to new challenges and advance skill set. Increase the amount of training available. Identfy leaders and give oppertunities.


  10. "Co-Op Tecnical"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer and Tester in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer and Tester in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were extremely helpful and informative.Location was great. Good Security. Great place for growth.

    Cons

    None that i can think of, I enjoyed my time door. I met some great people that i will continue to be in contact with.


  11. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in West Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to do R&D.

    Cons

    Unreasonable management system. Lengthy approval process. Too much politics.

    Advice to Management

    Give more freedom to early career staff.


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