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National Institute of Standards and Technology Reviews

Updated December 21, 2017
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National Institute of Standards and Technology Acting Director Dr. Willie E. May
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  • Unsure job security due to government, lots of red tape (in 9 reviews)

  • As a Post-Doc/ Guest Researcher, you do not get any of the benefits or privileges that the employees and NRC Post-Docs get (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Flexible work schedule and hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology part-time

    Pros

    supervisors provide for a variety of work based on interests

    Cons

    Cafeteria food can be expensive


  2. "Materials Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time

    Pros

    work-life balance, flexible hours, excellent project- and group-level leadership

    Cons

    administration-dependent initiatives leads to lab-level volatility

    Advice to Management

    If possible, help figure out a way to isolate divisions from the volatility induced by administration changes.

  3. "Guest researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, chance to work on interesting projects, with some of the largest software companies

    Cons

    Old buildings, not too much young colleagues


  4. "Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, easy access to highways.

    Cons

    Administrators are looked down upon from the scientists. Asbestos still in buildings. Needs updating.

    Advice to Management

    appreciate the support personnel


  5. "Guest Researcher"

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

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Research environment is good. Multidisciplinary peers is a plus.

    Cons

    Guest researcher is a short term research positions.


  6. "Interesting and Challenging Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant researchers
    Good funding
    Good facilities
    Grassy, tree filled campus
    Reputation

    Cons

    Difficult to stand out
    Individualistic culture (most people work on their own projects)
    Competitive
    Management mostly scientists, not much training in how to manage
    Budget can fluctuate based on congress
    Funding often more focused on new projects and not on maintaining existing ones

    Advice to Management

    NIST could benefit from management working to foster collaborations while keeping researchers focused on their main tasks


  7. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - RF Engineer Researcher in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - RF Engineer Researcher in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Top experts who are very helpful
    Cutting edge technology
    Always learning at a level to set the standard

    Cons

    I have none to give

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, friendly employees, good work life balance, flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Unsure job security due to government, lots of red tape.


  9. "NRC Postdoctoral Scholar"

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    Current Employee - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing work/life balance
    Good benefits
    Seminars
    Great campus
    Smart Colleagues
    Approachable Colleagues

    Cons

    No full time positions available
    Fairly isolating


  10. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Cutting-edge science, some curiosity driven research.

    Cons

    Pay is not the best for the location.


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