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"Challenging and mission driven work but with excellent work-life balance"

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Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

One of the few places where it is OK not to work on the weekends and late in the evenings. If you choose to great, otherwise you aren't punished.

Cons

Only cons to working at PNNL is the location.

Advice to Management

There is too much middle management.

Other Employee Reviews for PNNL

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some projects are extremely interesting and you can be given a huge ammount of freedom to lead critical tasks. Depending on management, you can work with just about anyone who needs your skill set.

    If you are lucky, you will be able to travel while working.

    Line management takes a very hands off approach to your weekly work.

    Cons

    Most the people who have worked there for more than 5 years hate the fact they work there. Many employees actively complain about the company, management, politics, projects, people etc. Employees who have worked at PNNL for more than 10 years regularly talk about how PNNL was a good company several years ago and has become mediocre.

    Many people do as little as possible. New technology is rarely pursued. Most of the projects use decade plus old, or older, software technology. Senior employees have a deprecated skill set and absolutely zero interest in updating it.

    The work environment is extremely hostile and there is no recourse for unprofessional behavior. People who can't work anywhere else work at PNNL. People who thrive on hostile work environments are drawn to and maintained by PNNL. HR and management tacitly accept this.

    Students (post-docs, post-masters, post-bachelors, etc.) are temporary labor. Competent students are rarely offered a regular position. Ones that are offered a regular staff position usually find other opportunities.

    The pay and benefits are completely sub-par for this field. Also, expect to be poorer every year. Your meagre raise of 2% will definitely be outpaced by your increased cost of living. Expect benefits to get noticeably worse every year.

    Your career will not grow unless you have a Ph. D.

    There are not a lot of opportunities in the tri-cities for engineers. Once you're there you're likely stuck with PNNL.

    Advice to Management

    All management I had was on their way to become higher management. They were never interested in managing or doing right by their employees. Hire TGMs who want to be excellent TGMs. Not scientists with good project portfolios who want to become program managers. Engage with staff more than once a year.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Early career only"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is OK for entry level

    Cons

    Promotion depends a lot on social connection, not much of technical skills. The manager who decides your promotion may have no idea what you are working on. HR does not value productivity.

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