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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Old School"

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    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    The overall purpose to support the fleet I believe is a noble cause. There is plenty of work for those who wish to make a career with the organization. Finally, there is a high level of job security.

    Cons

    Management is slow to change. In many ways the organization is forced to be isolated due to the nature of its existence. This has a tendency to slow process improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Be mindful as technology changes so do the demands and/or requirements for the individual engineer. The success of management is not how well they direct but how successful the individuals they are responsible for become. Do not allow yourselves to be disconnected with the outside world engineering demands.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "good job"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bettis Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, great stability lots of people

    Cons

    Government BS, slow career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    More moral


  3. Helpful (3)

    "job security"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    job security, easy going, good fit for graduate with no experience, learn on the job. just a numbered employee

    Cons

    salary increases are low even for good rated employees, salary increase freeze when congress has money budget problems.

    Advice to Management

    you pay new employees almost what it took existing employees over 20 years to achive. thatis like a slap in the face. you prevent unhapphy employees from switching jobs within the company cause they are too valuable but you dont compansate them with large raises.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Strong total compensation, poor company moral."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job security, Vacation Package, Health care and 401k matching, not a lot of unpaid overtime, unique opportunity to work up close with some of the most advanced technology in the world.

    Cons

    Management does not communicate well with employees, older employees extremely dissatisfied with new benefits package, established processes do not stay established for long, excessive review process results in a slow pace of work.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication of planned policy changes, and engagement of the the work force will improve moral. Additionally, change to match industry standard, when the industry standard is neither better for the employees, nor better for the company should be avoided. (see recent policy change on medical leave.) Finally I would advise that "program principals" be something that is enforced, and backed by management, not merely statements that make an attractive poster.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Thawing Out of Government Pay Freeze"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bettis Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good benefits (retirement, health, time off, etc.). Managers and co-workers are generally great to work with.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side which balances out the strong benefits; In the past, performance has not been rewarded and poor performance has not been discouraged, but this appears to be changing coming out of the Federal Government pay freeze that was extended to DOE contractors like Bettis. Government bureaucracy is a pain at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the direction of rewarding high performers and no rewarding poor performers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good First Job, High level of job security but low motivation and stuck in old habits"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have worked here for 3 years.

    They offer 9/80 working schedule, job security, good benefits, never take work home with you and minimal overtime, good work/life balance, for the most part good co-workers, work on things no one else in the world sees.

    Cons

    Low (poor) salary compared to market value, stuck in old/unproductive/red tape/slow moving government ways, yearly raises are minimal and you're not truly rewarded for performance, low morale because of pay and red tape, too many guidelines/rules/procedures to be productive - slave to the procedure reduces creativity and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be more honest with employees and understand their many frustrations with the company. Make a change and diverge from the normal/procedure path that Bettis insists you follow to find a new solution to the problem. Use merit raises as true raises to create a desire for employees to go above and beyond to succeed.


  8. "Good job if you start right out of college, otherwise you'll never catch up in compensation/benefits."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people to deal with. Some interesting work.

    Cons

    Not rewarded for performance (or lack of performance).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag -- company is set in their unproductive methods, but job provides opportunities not seen elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    job security, work/life balance, many science fields, grad school reimbursement, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    little room for advancement, zero to small raises, bureaucratic, restricts creativity, overstaffed, allow employees to be unproductive

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make a change if it is needed


  10. Helpful (4)

    "To old, not able to deal with all the new engineers"

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    Former Employee - Crew Training Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Crew Training Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bettis Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Qualifying as EOOW in Charleston is a huge career boost in the nuclear industry

    Cons

    There is really no where to move up in the company


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Raises, Low Morale, Interesting Projects"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Bettis Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects to support the Navy, great vacation, great job security. No chance of getting laid off, good laboratory facilities, great history.

    Cons

    Poor Pay, No bonuses or raises (very little if any), lots of "government red tape" to deal with, too much safety and security makes it hard to get anything done.


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