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National Institute of Standards and Technology Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work/life balance, good training" (in 20 reviews)

  • "The work environment is for the most part egalitarian" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unsure job security due to government, lots of red tape" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Average age is quite old, no health benefits to foreign guest researchers" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanical Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great R&D environment with exposure to lots of new technologies

    Cons

    Management is excessively staffed in ratio to technical folks.


  2. "Hard for New Grad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome research! Awesome people! Possibility for anything!

    Cons

    No program for New Grads or Mentorship program

  3. "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

    Great science, focus on technology.

    Cons

    Usual government bureaucracy / red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Respond in a timely manner.


  4. "Great Research Infrastructure"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    As a postdoctoral researcher, I had a lot of freedom to work on the project I had proposed. Great place to work at, great people to work with. Very welcoming.
    I interacted with researchers working on very different kinds of projects. I was involved in the Postdoctoral and Early-Career Association of Researchers (PEAR) which also facilitated meeting researchers from different divisions.
    Higher cost instrument purchases do take time to get processed (several months to a year), but there are ready funds to cover lower cost lab supplies. In general the labs are so well funded that some lab on campus will likely have the instrument you need and you can ask to borrow it.

    Cons

    Things which require approval from other divisions or administrative units tend to take a lot of time.
    Travel (for conferences and academic meetings) has to be booked a lot in advance to pass through the approval process, which is very different from how universities manage this.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Physicist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to work with excellent people, have a great deal of research freedom, and get to work on meaningful problems

    Cons

    Like most national labs, we are manpower limited.


  6. "High voltage electrician"

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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

    Lot of interesting things to learn and great place to work.

    Cons

    Pay doesn't quite match outside of facility


  7. "very nice envirnment at nist"

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    Current Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaither, MD
    Current Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaither, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    gather joy to research and work

    Cons

    zero inconvenient by working at nist as guest researcher

  8. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    National Institute of Standards and Technology has a very nice campus full of exciting projects. It would be a great place for someone who is interested in Chemical, Computer, Mechanical, Civil, or Material Engineering.

    Cons

    I was placed with a supervisor who did not enjoy her job. She usually tried to assign me with tasks that did not impact the project I was assigned to. I mainly worked with the Mechanic instead of my mentor.


  9. "Good postdoc"

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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

    Many great folks to work with. Reasonably good equipment. Great benefits and almost twice the pay of my previous academic postdoc.

    Cons

    Some 'dead wood' employees that need to get canned drag down things. Ability to get hired full time seems highly dependent on the current politics/budget year. Surprisingly little dependable purchasing power.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Physical Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Research oriented, nice people

    Cons

    Government delays, bureaucracy, chaos, lack of focus, meaningless meetings, lack of understanding of industry standards, resistant to new or current technologies.


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