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Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent understanding of work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule is pretty cool (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • cell phones) due to the nature of the work (in 11 reviews)

  • No cell phones or personal electronic devices (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "1 year in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Great atmosphere
    People are willing to help

    Cons

    Salary actions may not be the best


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, Many good, hardworking co-workers.

    Cons

    The HR Department is a joke, does not support staff, only concern is covering their back side and the errors by managers. Many of the managers are incompetent, good ones are few and far between. Many managers do not value loyal and hard working employees doing the core business. Management places far too much emphasis on green belt, black belt and 6 sigma functions and lets core mission slip. If you want to sit in an out of date cubicle with poor equipment in a building with water leaks, air quality issues, poor air conditioning, no ventilation this is the place for you. Raises are poor and the formula they use is not appropriate for professional staff.

    Advice to Management

    The company continues to hemorrhage skilled and knowledgeable employees. Management needs to fix the retention, benefits and compensation programs. Promote from within don't offer the promotion to someone off the street and ignore current employees. Provide a reasonable annual wage increase. 1 to 2% cost of living and merit is insulting to highly qualified staff. Eliminate 1/2 of the HR staff and many of the managers. I question the need for a first level manager for only 2 employees and middle managers supervising only 3 first level managers.

  3. "Great place to work! As long as you're careful..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance - work stays at work, flexible schedule, reasonably understanding managers. Work can be interesting if you're in the right group. Great job security.

    Cons

    There's a lot of dead weight - many people don't do their job well but since it's so hard to get people in nobody ever gets fired. It can be frustrating to get anything done if you encounter one of these people. Software engineers are not first class citizens and are paid less and generally dismissed as irrelevant voices. The internal software reflects this.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of people that don't pull their own weight and start valuing the people who make the software you rely on.


  4. "KAPL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Secure Job, opportunity for rotations and work for other unit that do different things

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, raises are not that big, sometimes got to work tons of extra hours without pay

    Advice to Management

    Work on promoting engineers the way they deserve


  5. "Occupational Health Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice worklife ballance. Lots of employee social opportunities and activities. Great variety of co-workers. Very stable work environment.

    Cons

    Employee evaluations are not well developed and pay is below market.


  6. "First job out of college and love it"

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. Incredibly interesting and unique projects. If you are a hard worker and ambitious, you'll have no problem getting your hands into some really interesting stuff.

    Cons

    Restrictive path to promotions with minimum time in band. You can outperform people with 3 more years of experience but not be promoted for years.

    Area is pretty boring.

    No cell phones on site.

    Paid below market.

    Advice to Management

    Remove minimum time in band for promotions and replace it with manager/subdivision manager approval.

    Increase employee recognition.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Management causes low morale."

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Specialist in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady work. Can be very interesting with many opportunities for training to interested individuals. Some great management.

    Cons

    Many dishonest managers and terrible dishonest H.R. Lousy incompetent managers are not held to the standards of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the good old boys club and get some honest managers there. Treat employees more fair.

  8. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security and work-life balance are great, the benefits are good, and the work can be very interesting if you are in the right group.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. Managers have to fight very hard to give out promotions, many people are doing work above their pay-grade as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the use of formulaic procedures to govern employees. Also introduce more morale-boosting events (as a company; unit managers shouldn't have to pay out-of-pocket for all events for their employees).


  9. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of friendly people who were willing to help.

    Cons

    Things moved at a slower pace than expected.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to retire if you are looking for stability"

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    Current Employee - Facilities and Plant Designer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Facilities and Plant Designer in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits.
    Great work/life balance.
    Drafting union

    Cons

    Faculties is run down. Place is very dry and free of inspiration. People are happy to work just enough to get by day to day.


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