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Fermilab Batavia Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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Fermilab Laboratory Director Nigel Lockyer
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Pros
  • Diversity and a universal work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Great place to work if your a self starter and capable (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of stress and uncertainties, hard work, often overtime (in 3 reviews)

  • The director spent millions the past few years making his new fancy offices and trying to make cafeteria like CERN (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Working at Fermilab"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity and a universal work environment

    Cons

    Some form of favoritism in projects

    Advice to Management

    appropriate project resources allocation


  2. "Summer Internship and On Call work"

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    Current Employee - On-Call Lab Tech in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - On-Call Lab Tech in Batavia, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fermilab part-time

    Pros

    - Amazing work environment
    - State of the art technology
    - Interaction with very intelligent people
    - Veteran friendly

    Cons

    - Not the best paying internship/part-time work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work !

  3. "computer professional"

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Batavia, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Salary may not be competitive other companies


  4. "Wonderful Company of Welcoming People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Batavia, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Batavia, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fermilab (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by people on a constant quest for knowledge

    Cons

    Independent work environment, sometimes difficult to find a friend.

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Research intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Batavia, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Batavia, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fermilab as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Cool researchers, high talent colleague. I truly enjoy working with them and had learned a lot from them.
    - Great lab leader.
    - Encourage for innovation.
    - Regular working hours.
    - Well paid.

    Cons

    - Old facilities.
    - Dorms are full of visiting students and scholars, and the choice of off-campus housing is limited.
    - Bureaucratism. When you send a request, it may take weeks to get approval. Also, the hiring could drag out for months.
    - Not many opportunities for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    - I don't know what to do with the bureaucratism, but it is a problem.
    - Could renovate facilities in the gym.


  6. "Good place for postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Batavia, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, good research environment

    Cons

    cafeteria is mediocre, and one has to drive at least 5 miles to leave the lab to find a good food option


  7. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Batavia, IL
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Batavia, IL

    I have been working at Fermilab as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Surrounded by intelligence.

    Cons

    there are little to no cons

  8. "Short Stay Program At FNAL"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Batavia, IL
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Batavia, IL
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fermilab as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to gain in experience on hands on particle physics.
    Have opportunity to work with engineers

    Cons

    You need to be active and find mentor soon.
    People are quite busy and forget about you if you don't keep bugging.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if visitors had chance to meet all scientists and learn about their projects.
    It would be nice to join several projects and find best fit for interns.


  9. "Technical Spec"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The cafeteria food is good. The credit union is convenient. Nature at sight is great. Middle management is OK so long as their egos are fed.

    Cons

    No place for people with disabilities. Don't ask questions, as you will be labeled Stupid. Supervisors rip people behind their back, sometimes to their face! Don't expect support from Human Resources, the Anti Harassment Policy is BS! After 20 years, I wasn't given an exit interview. Vulgar harassment through the Email system is prevalent. Good thing I found a real job at twice the pay. DOE needs to step in!

    Advice to Management

    Decommission and sell the assets and the Bison! Go condos with a golf course! Fermi has outlived it's usefulness! The LHC is all we need!


  10. "Too many managers"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Batavia, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of technical expertise and resources. There is a real possibility to build and develop detectors. The 5 years contracts allow you to commit to long term projects.

    Cons

    There is an uncanny number of old people that contributes very little. Depressing atmosphere. The lab is committed to be the only single-purpose lab, this makes it difficult to collaborate with universities sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    The lab pushes the postdocs to have a leading role in whatever project they get involved. This makes it very difficult to collaborate and work together.


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