Argonne National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2020

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  • "no outlook for postdocs in some groups(in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great People, great environment"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are very smart and care a lot about their work. There is a good variety of different types of projects you can work on. There is decent camaraderie among employees. You are expected to be productive, but there is no expectation of over committing yourself and working crazy hours to get things done.

    Cons

    As a national lab, we are always chasing funding, and sometimes the projects that are funded heavily don’t feel all that important. Sometimes projects become too “academic” and don’t have enough of a real application to be interesting, in my opinion. There is an expectation of always publishing results, even if they aren’t very interesting.

  2. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthy work environment and colleagues, room for growth, excellent facilities

    Cons

    Can be slow and/or restrictive for approval of new experiments


  3. "A really nice place to work at!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Challenging and meaningful work; Friendly atmosphere; Flexible working schedule.

    Cons

    There is no significant cons working here.

  4. "good"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    good benefit salary people r Environment

    Cons

    slow paper work process and

  5. "good place for science"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Smart people and communicate often

    Cons

    heavy paperwork in some cases

  6. "Good place to launch a career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World class facilities such as the Advanced Photon Source, the Advanced Leadership Computing Facility, the Center for Nanoscale Materials and others. Also good coworkers.

    Cons

    Both winter and summer can be a bit extreme at times.

  7. "Good place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    -Nice people who care about you and your career

    Cons

    -Odd sick vs time off rules

  8. "great company to work for!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    amazing company, great opportunity to learn and do many different things! great work life balance, culture, and overall job satisfaction

    Cons

    slow to implement change due to highly regulated environment and multiple layers of approval needed, also, safety first. some positions are highly specialized and require years of experience, be sure to branch out as much as you can unless you plan to stay here a while! salaries are competitive and better than academia, but not as high as you could get in the private sector. in return, you get a relatively easy and stable job with not much fear of layoffs or drastic changes (for permanent positions)

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  9. "Great Place to Work, But Contractor Life Stinks"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Configuration Management in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Argonne National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Awesome environment; Great culture; Suburb Location; Nice people; Great "Bigger than yourself" atmosphere; TONS of resources

    Cons

    Contractor benefits and pay; No effort to make full-time employees

  10. "Postdoc"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good research with man facility

    Cons

    low salary compared to other national lab

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