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Argonne National Laboratory Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, competitive salary (compared to industry), 9% employer contribution to 401K, good insurance (BCBS IL) (in 16 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment, great people (in 23 reviews)

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

  • Upper management needs to provide more leadership and fiscal responsibility (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working with talent people; friendly and diverse working environment;

    Cons

    less and less chance to be promoted. lower pay than other national lab. bad weather.

    Advice to Management

    more funding opportunity, more chance to be promoted, more facility, better benefit for postdoc.


  2. "Research Aide"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Top of the line research, very green location

    Cons

    if you live in the city it's a considerable commute to work


  3. "Acceptable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to do research. Good pay

    Cons

    Closed in work environment, hard to tell what the demands are


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work. Super intelligent people around you.

    Cons

    You need to be smart to stay at par with others

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing a good job.


  6. "Good place to do postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Tons of smart friendly people, colloquiums on all kinds of topics, great chances for networking, career development seminars, that kind of thing

    Cons

    No complaints other than it is in the suburbs and can get a little boring socially. Weather is generally unpleasant (too hot or too cold).


  7. "Postdoctoral appointee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gain a good experience in your resume using Argonne 's reputation.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral position is not stable here. Some pressure to help your super-advisor to secure the funding to hold your position.

    Advice to Management

    I think their work is very efficient. Every time i have problem, i can get the solution from them.


  8. "Great place for research"

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    Current Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Research Aide in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to research and do everything your way.

    Cons

    can't think of any bad


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argonne National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits and work-life balance, challenging work and good employee base

    Cons

    Reliant on bureaucratic government sector(s) for funding annually. State of Illinois is a poor location for any business due to its corrupt government and very high tax rate. Tough to recruit to the state from competing labs on the west coast for example.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on improving cost reduction activities


  10. "Good place to work for postdocs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work with excellent people and do really cool science. Flexible working hours, and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Funding situation is not good at this time. It would be OK for postdocs but as a PI, you have to keep bringing money to the lab.


  11. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will receive a lot of experience while working here.
    The environment is laid back.
    Argonne National Laboratory has many events to take advantage of.
    Full time during the summer, and up to 19 hours a week during the semester.

    Cons

    The pay is relatively lower than the amount other companies pay their interns.



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