Bettis Laboratory Reviews

Updated Apr 30, 2020

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Bettis Laboratory CEO Brendan Bechtel
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Project Manager in West Mifflin, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance is exactly as advertised. Since this is government work, you can't take your work home, nor can you talk about it even if what you're working on isn't classified. Every other Friday off and there's always someone there to help you do your job. I don't see the "good ol' boys" or lack of female management here. I currently work for 4 female managers and they are all very capable. Managers are very supportive when requesting additional training.

    Cons

    Lower pay than similar career industries, but the work-life balance seems worth it (to me). Lots of nit-picky paperwork that borders on semantics.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Technician in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bettis Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working at Bettis was always about job security. Even THAT isn't a sure thing, these days.

    Cons

    Increasingly poor benefits. Raises do not even keep up with cost of living and insurance costs. Communication has ALWAYS lacked. Instead of promoting knowledgeable people into management positions, they choose people who just have a degree to their name, and are willing to be yes men. Those that do NOT tow the line, are usually discounted as disgruntled employees. HR department are the biggest comoany shills, who will stab you in the back, all the while, with a friendly smile on their face.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "like working in the 1950s"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Hours are flexible. Pay is fine. You will never be expected to take your work home.

    Cons

    Technology is way behind the times. Diversity is nonexistent. Definite boys' club vibe.

  4. "Okay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in West Mifflin, PA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits / Schedule. Very Nice People.

    Cons

    Somewhat monotonous day-to-day. Not satisfying.

  5. "Most of the reviews summed up"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bettis Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work schedual, great vacation/sick time, good benefits, and decent starting salary.

    Cons

    IT takes themselves too seriously. They are very outdated and slow to move forward with just about everything. They lack culture and an environment that makes you want to come into work every day. Management pretends to care about employees opinions but when time comes for an employee feedback survey, no one wants to voice their opinions because they know nothing will change. Starting out pay is great to bring people in, but you will soon realize that getting raises is a long process with little results.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Company Culture"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work 9 hours a day and get every other Friday off. Pay is average for engineers, good for administration/business. Start off with 3 weeks vacation and get 4 weeks by the 3rd year.

    Cons

    Company culture is awful. No one talks to each other..they just hide in their cubes and stare at the clock until the day is over. Management definitely plays into that culture. They do not interact with their employees at all, and don't mentor. If a manager asks how your day is going, consider yourself lucky. Not allowed to interact with coworkers because talking might distract others. Employees seem jaded and overworked.

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  7. "IF you're heading to IT...read"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bettis Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leave your work at work. 9/80 schedule is nice. Training available as much as you need. Good stepping stone for those who want to fly under the radar and gain some (emphasis) experience.

    Cons

    You will wait an extensive amount of time to work here. (over 9 months, easily) And when you finally get there. It's....unpleasant? Terrible cafeteria food, stained carpets, old facilities and the fallout that comes with it. Senior leadership lacks some serious vision and big picture. Stay away if you want to make a difference in the company. IT is very outdated. You will notice similar reviews as nothing has really changed in quite some time. Just don't. There are plenty of other companies in the Pittsburgh area worth your time. I promise.

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  8. "Caustic"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work on what interests you

    Cons

    Caustic work environment, not open to new ideas, resting on laurels.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance. 9/80 work week is nice.

    Cons

    Hard to advance even if you excel because you need minimum time. When you do get promoted the promotion is not much. Time wasted on things that don't matter.

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Typical Government Job"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Jefferson Hills, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, if you live local, easier than working downtown. Traffic is not bad. Vacation / sick time good. TSP match

    Cons

    If you are a women, don’t work here. It’s all about the good ole boys club. 1 women in upper management. Hard to advance if you are a women. Cell phones are not permitted. Long working hours for anyone trying to advance but it still won’t get you anywhere. Moral is very low. Too many micromanagers.

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