Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Reviews

Updated Mar 4, 2020

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3.0
45%
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Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory General Manager Morgan Smith (no image)
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22 Ratings
Pros
  • "They have a 9/80 work schedule, which allows you to work an extra hour Monday - Thursday, but then get every other Friday off(in 22 reviews)

  • "Excellent understanding of work/life balance(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "No access to internet, cell phones not allowed in workplace, projects move very slow(in 11 reviews)

  • "I expected better from a facility supporting the military(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work, grow, and serve"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Manager, Safety and Industrial Hygiene 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Growth, development, challenging technical work, proudly support the World's Best Navy

    Cons

    Work / life balance can be a challenge in operational areas

  2. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Challenging engineering work provides a sense of self satisfaction. To mitigate increased stress healthy lifestyle choices added in benefiting overall physical and mental health.

    Cons

    With great engineering great stress is present at times.

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  3. "Great work life balance, poor raises"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance/flexible schedule, decent benefits

    Cons

    Poor raises, no bonus, low pay

  4. "Internship Review"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great, lots of smart people. Meaningful work for the country. Great mentor and nice manager

    Cons

    Had the classic "intern task". Ideally would have been doing something more productive.

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  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, interesting, fun reliable

    Cons

    Lots of security, 1000s of employees

  6. "Fire Protection Engineer"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Milton, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They have a 9/80 work schedule, which allows you to work an extra hour Monday - Thursday, but then get every other Friday off. Good job security, too.

    Cons

    Corrupt culture results in many wrong decisions being made (both in terms of efficiency and ethics). It can be very difficult to get raises or promotions.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Downhill Slide"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good job security and hours

    Cons

    Getting a good manager is a gamble here. I had one fantastic manager, and one awful manager. The bad manager had no idea how to deal with PTSD (the answer is definitely NOT to force employees into situations they told you trigger it to help them 'get over it'). I expected better from a facility supporting the military. This manager seems to fixate on one employee at a time to drive out. This behavior is so apparent, I had been asked about it by folks in other groups, contractors, and other managers. I was told the manager had been in place for so long they are just waiting out his retirement and allowing this behavior to continue. Enabling managers with superiority complexes is bad for morale and retention. The new time keeping system is insulting for nonexempt employees, they are being treated more like kindergarteners than college graduates. This change has increased the divide between groups of internal employees in a place that already struggles to work in harmony with unions. Knolls does not recognize experience when considering salary and job family. If your Bachelor’s degree does not have the correct words in the title you will be held at a lower level. It will not matter if you do the same work as the person you sit next to.

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    "Its a job...."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vacation time starts off at 3 weeks. It was also a nerds dream job.

    Cons

    Zero recognition in pay and former experience means nothing to them. I was 31 when I quit and never got a raise despite being told I was doing great and contributed a lot. Meanwhile anyone fresh out of college with a Master's degree would almost be guaranteed to get a better paycheck than me. Management is also run by people that clearly should not be managers. Whole lab is either throw-away college grads or old people still living their glory days. Everyone good is retiring or has already quit years ago and most young people are just trying to stay a couple years to quit because it looks neat on a resume.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Environment"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Can't bring work home. Stable job.

    Cons

    The culture is a combination of the government and military, but in the worst way. Management can be abusive, and blames the employees for relationship issues without accepting any responsibility for issues. Every story has two sides.

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  10. "Developer Engineer"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting and rewarding

    Cons

    Cannot access internet or phone on site

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