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National Institute of Standards and Technology Reviews

Updated August 7, 2018
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  • "Unsure job security due to government, lots of red tape" (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. "One anecdotal experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, 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

    Unique Institution with interesting projects and resources. Work life balance, considerable freedom, skilled competent collages, academic atmosphere.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be overwhelming, counter productive and frustrating. Pay is lower then market for most. Inconsistent, and contradictory performance pay system. High cost of living in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees market value - people need to be able to afford to live. Pay for performance system should be just that - pay for performance and duties being preformed. Not a system biased on nepotism, unfair illogical competition and time served.


  5. "NanoFab Staff"

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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 work environment, lots of shared responsibilities

    Cons

    Lack of organization in some areas


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    research group meetings are very helpful for new students

    Cons

    management can be faster in making decisions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "NIST"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no dress code. You can make your own schedule. NIST has state-of-the-art equipment. The work environment is for the most part egalitarian.

    Cons

    The interactions can be political at times. You tend to take your work home. It is hard to get a staff position, very competitive.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Organization; Problematic IT Management"

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

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

    Pros

    1) Working for a renowned organization that does important work
    2) Working on a campus with some access to woods
    3) The basic benefits of a Federal job (decent health care, personal leave, alternating work schedules)
    4) Work process was overall efficient, with qualifications (see below).

    Cons

    1) Offsite manager -- contributed to micromanagement and, in my opinion, an overall awkward experience/work culture
    2) Assembly-line methodogy: project consisted of a series of nearly identical applications, often cancelled or postponed or re-prioritized with no clearer picture, from management, of why. Both software and professionals treated as interchangeable.
    3) Short-sightedness in spending -- we were required to attend a 3-hour ergonomics session, but had to locate used, dirty, or broken chairs from a warehouse (at a major Federal agency). Simple requests such as a $4 HDMI cable for use when working at home -- which employees were required to do if weather closed the office -- denied; request for a simple small white board costing $25 denied because "no one else has one," and so on.
    4) Related, undeniably, to 3): mediocre, low-balled pay. Had to negotiate an amount that I later learned that my supervisor had earned when she had first started at the same level four years earlier.
    5) Despite a highly interesting organizational mission, and despite senior-level role, no opportunity to interact with users, or to learn more about the overall context of the work (hence the "assembly-line" effect).
    6) Poor interview process: largely random questions, followed by a tech "test" that covered an entry-level knowledge of technology essential to a senior role.


  9. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good training

    Cons

    some micro management, projects are sometimes disjointed


  10. "great place to work"

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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

    Very great place to work.

    Cons

    so far I find no downside.


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