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Fermilab Reviews

Updated March 16, 2019
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Fermilab Laboratory Director Nigel Lockyer
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Pros
  • "laid back, easy going work environment" (in 10 reviews)

  • "culture is very laid back and family friendly" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Things move slow here, and young people rarely have opportunities to advance their careers" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Sometimes at the whim of the Federal budget process" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Fermilab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Plenty of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    This is government so it can be slow to move when you are trying to get a job or advance.


  2. "Best Place Ever"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Fermilab full-time

    Pros

    Pushing the art of whats possible to making it happen

    Cons

    None -- its a wonderful place

  3. "Network engineer iii"

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Batavia, IL
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fermilab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible, relax atmosphere. beautiful campus, close to home

    Cons

    government research facility. sometime it is slow


  4. "Nice place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Batavia, IL
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Research/academic environment, very cool and important end goal. A lot of nature on campus.

    Cons

    A little stagnant, especially if you are on the engineering side. Management doesn't seem to have an emphasis on helping employees build and advance their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Put people who know how to manage in managing positions. Care about the growth of employees. This will help you compete with other places in terms of attracting and keeping talent, if you care about something like that of course.


  5. "SIST Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fermilab part-time

    Pros

    Internship experience is completely dependent on your assignment and supervisor.

    Cons

    Variability in intern experience. Housing came out of paycheck.


  6. "Fermilab Administration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fermilab full-time

    Pros

    Fascinating, multi-cultural place to work, with good technology.

    Cons

    Federal budget cuts to national science program have had a negative effect on morale.


  7. "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 !

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Better than average."

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    Current Employee - Building Manager
    Current Employee - Building Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is usually above average for whatever position you may work at. People tend not to leave until they retire so It will usually take years before you can advance up. Benefits are good. Casual work attire and flexible work schedule for most departments. Very hard to get fired. Just show up to work everyday and do your job.

    Cons

    Fermilab is a contractor to DOE so it's a government job with a lot of bureaucratic BS. Lot's of paperwork that tends to move through the system at a snails pace. Very top heavy in management. Training, training, training and more training! When you first start here, you will spend pretty much your first month doing nothing but training.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair with the raises. They tend to give the bigger raises to the educated people but not to the skilled people who are physically busting their butts to keep the place running.


  10. "A great place to work"

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

    I worked at Fermilab full-time

    Pros

    Very sweet people, simulating education environment

    Cons

    Very hard to get a job