I have been working at Fermi Research Alliance full-time (More than a year)
Challenging work environment with casual atmosphere. Lots of diversity and it has a great campus.
Staff average age is 52.
I worked at Fermi Research Alliance (More than 10 years)
Great place to work and will learn a lot if you pay attention.
No room for advancement, bad management, and promises for promotions that didn't come true.
Advice to Management
Treat your employees with more respect.
I worked at Fermi Research Alliance full-time
Good people. Committed to the laboratory mission of extending the bounds of the understanding of nature and physics. There is always something to learn both in the IT field and a wide variety of scientific areas. Where else can you meet world leaders in science and even met Nobel laureates? And contribute to the very foundation of knowledge and innovation that has positioned the US as a world leader in science.
IT leadership has fractured, incomplete strategic vision at best. There is an appreciation of the needs of science, but little practicality or business acumen to drive consistent, long term strategy. Staff hours and budget are squandered on pet projects and ill conceived initiatives that often peter out and never deliver. IT management is not held accountable for delivering value. IT management is often disrespectful and unsupportive of staff. Much too much effort is invested in the appearance of quality and best practices, with little discipline applied to the actual long term improvement of quality or adoption of best practices. The budgeting processes for IT invest too much time in a meaningless level of detail with no strategy for overall optimization of budgeting. Staff and middle management are not empowered, so the smallest decisions require management involvement at the upper and executive levels.
Advice to Management
Stop staring at the hood ornament and look far down the road. Spend time setting and maintaining long term strategy while empowering and supporting your team to develop and implement the tactics to support the strategy. And adopt ROI evaluation into decision making to justify why and how you are spending the US tax payers money. And hold IT accountable for providing tangible, measurable value to the mission of the laboratory and the nation.
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I worked at Fermi Research Alliance as an intern (Less than a year)
No long working hours
Lack of communication between groups
Lack of management
Good starting pay, easy and relaxed work environment.
Have to go through staffing agency
I worked at Fermi Research Alliance full-time (More than 10 years)
Very family oriented. I miss colleagues the most. I was fortunate to be able to hold a few different positions and the flexibility was there to learn as well. You were not shoehorned into 1 position.
Since the shutdown of the Tevatron there has been a great reduction in funding. Hence layoffs.
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