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National Institute of Standards and Technology Reviews

Updated May 7, 2018
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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. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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