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National Institute of Standards and Technology Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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National Institute of Standards and Technology Acting Director Dr. Willie E. May
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  • Red tape and procurement process (in 8 reviews)

  • Most young people are brought on as post-docs, but unlike in past decades, there is no longer any promise of staying on as a Federal employee (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional, collaborative, great place to work. Highly recommended. Many opportunities.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of opportunities if you are not a usual citizen. Otherwise, it's a great place.

  3. "Autocad Technician III using the latest version of Autocad."

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    Former Employee - AutoCAD Technician III in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - AutoCAD Technician III in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great relationship with other employees and accomplishment of jobs.

    Cons

    Better interrelation of knowledge of systems and job descriptions.

    Advice to Management

    Do better bacemployees.kground check on new


  4. "An excellent place to grow as a post doc. Hard to become permanent staff."

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    Former Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NIST does high caliber science. Working here I have learned how to be more thoughtful and design more sensitive and more relevant measurements. NIST is full of people who are the best at what they do, and work in a very collaborative and friendly environment.

    Cons

    NIST is funded by congress. Every year there is a funding crisis where you can't buy any supplies for 3 months while congress puts off approving the budget. Plan ahead! Also there has been a hiring freeze for well over a decade, so there is a one in - one out policy. About 20 post docs come and go for each one that finds a permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to retain young talent.


  5. "good location"

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

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

    Pros

    Stable position at NIST, good working environment

    Cons

    A little slow moving for things


  6. "Good place"

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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

    Freedom, laid back environment, smart people, fun science, great location,

    Cons

    Hard to get permanent position

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the same thing


  7. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of good resources and knowledgable people. Great place for research

    Cons

    Hard to convince upper layer for adopting new technologies

  8. "Mechanical Engineer at NIST"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Given a lot of leeway in how to develop skills

    Cons

    Minimal training and oversight, can be considered a pro


  9. "Postdoctoral"

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

    Pros

    Scientists are their core component.

    Cons

    Government limits it's development. Funds are affected by government policy a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Free more.


  10. "Research with all the cool toys"

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    Current Employee - Physicist
    Current Employee - Physicist
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn new things and pursue fundamental research alongside industry-driven objectives

    Cons

    The funding environment is not conducive to job stability


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