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Brookhaven LAB Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to get exposure to a unique work environment and equipment (in 13 reviews)

  • Great work environment and work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long Island is very expensive and the lab does not pay enough to keep competent people around (in 11 reviews)

  • It's located in the middle of nowhere and difficult unless you drive your own car (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Role of National Labs"

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    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Upton, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many technical instruments to work with. Challenging problems.

    Cons

    Internal politics, and several inexperienced managers.


  2. "Salary and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary better than average among research institutes

    Cons

    Lack of an environment to encourage creative researches

  3. "Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    University setting, very bright people, lots of potential

    Cons

    Morale is terrible, mistrust of management, declining funding, politics


  4. "Senior Technology Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary could be better. If the federal government has a pay freeze so do you. Raises either do not happen or in the years there are raises, it may be 1-2%.

    Advice to Management

    Try to pay a bit more to keep quality talent. Everyone likes working there, it is just tough to survive on Long Island with the salary and raises.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Ultimate Frustration"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Deer Park, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Deer Park, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice People and Atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Contract and temp employees get no benefits and have no job security. They can cut you loose any time. I worked for them as a temp / contractor for 20 years. It meant nothing toward getting a regular full time position. I had to work along side people with pensions and benefits while I had nothing. Many times I had to train the newly hired regular employees. They made lots of promises. They operate under federal guide lines and can ignore state labor laws. They are allowed to hire friends and relatives at will. They routinely relocate people from out of state all at tax payers expense while qualified locals go begging . HR is the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like humans not cattle.


  6. "Mismanaged and top-heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Close to home.
    - Lots of parking.

    Cons

    - Very low pay for its location on Long Island.
    - Management does not care about your ideas.
    - The workforce itself is aging. If you are a younger individual looking to work here, be prepared to work with people 30-50 years your senior.
    - An older workforce in both scientific research and administration means that everyone is very opposed to new ideas or ways to change the work environment for the better, they are happy to remain stagnant. Young people aren't taken seriously, and sometimes treated maliciously.
    - The work environment resembles an "old boys club" and remains very sexist. Women in administration are talked down to by older men, called names, called 'stupid,' etc. They will talk slower to you so you 'understand,' always unwarranted.
    - Layoffs are a frequent threat, never enough funding yet the Laboratory is planning to create an entirely new campus.
    - Upper level management only care about getting paid. The Lab is collapsing in on itself because it is unable to evolve at the pace of other laboratories. The scientific work performed here is minimal and unimpressive.
    - Administration around the Laboratory is clueless, yet underperformers are rewarded with raises and promotions. There is a disparity between departments in administration on raises and the amount of work performed.

    Advice to Management

    Take into consideration the ideas of your staff. People actually doing the work have more perspective on how to change things for the better. Stop punishing people for offering new ideas on how to improve. Make a better effort to ensure that your employees aren't working in a malicious environment. Hire younger workers in all areas - they will bring in new perspectives, knowledge, and revitalize the Laboratory community.


  7. "Brookhaven National Lab Collider Accelerator Department"

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

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement plan. High quality of living, rewarding work, and relatively low stress. You can learn a lot from some world class colleagues.

    Cons

    The pay can be low, considering the high cost of living in surrounding areas. At times the lab management may seem more interested in safety and training than anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Reward loyal,exeptional employees with larger pay grade/promotion jumps. It's demoralizing to see new hires with less experience starting out with similar or higher salaries.

  8. "research scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time

    Pros

    good location, good people, and

    Cons

    none I can think of


  9. "Nice place for research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookhaven LAB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quiet place, good for research. Brilliant people are there.

    Cons

    Far away from city, if you like city life, it can be boring.


  10. "Could be much better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upton, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upton, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brookhaven LAB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can be like a college campus atmosphere at times. Nice to work with intelligent scientists and engineers. Can be like working on the set of a science fiction movie

    Cons

    Management needs to be better. Employee's not fairly evaluated. Good workers often overlooked and there seems to be a push to promote younger people at the expense of older/experienced ones. The environment has been on the decline for 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    Low salary raise in past couple of years, no matter what contribution was given. Even after glowing evaluations, no promotions on newly built project. Management is poor, not professional trained. BSA needs to be replaced.


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