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National Nuclear Security Administration Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. "NNSA Graduate Fellow"

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    Current Employee - NNSA Graduate Fellow in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - NNSA Graduate Fellow in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clearance, interesting work, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, aging workforce demographics, can be boring


  2. "Not structured work place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    federal government benefits are really the only benefit.

    Cons

    Seems like they are making up rules and processes as they go.


  3. "No leadership or vision in CyberSecurity"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart GS-14 and GS-15s in the division.

    Cons

    Talent is wasted. Only cronies of leadership have voices. Lots of talented individuals are stifled. Leaders are often too insecure to even hire consultants to help them strategize; they place more confidence in inept Associate Directors. Waste money because they don't utilize the most appropriate IT methodologies. Testing systems effectively is out of the question. Cloud computing at the semi-autonomous agency is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best and brightest consultants and strategists from A team consulting firms. No more private deals cut with substandard contractors!!!


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  5. "Issues with handling culturally and racially diverse employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Working in here provides exciting opportunities to work directly with principals.

    Cons

    Usual government bureaucracy and red tape prevents getting important projects done in a timely manner.

    No significant opportunities for career progression.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult organizational climate that is stuck in the past"

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    Current Employee - US Navy Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - US Navy Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The workforce of Naval Reactors is extremely intelligent and capable and has a mandate that covers a broad range of national security missions. The work can be interesting and have a sense of purpose. The organization promotes from within and there is generally a very strong work-life balance.

    Cons

    The organizational climate centers around the philosophy of Hyman G. Rickover, a Navy Admiral credited with launching the world's first nuclear powered submarine. 30+ years later, "Rickover principles" still dominate the processes and culture of the organization. I would caution anyone who is used to a modern and professional work environment, progressive human resources policies, and collaborative rather than combative engagement with their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership needs to take a hard look at the organizational culture and determine if the values of the 1970s are the same as the values that are needed today. I fear that this organization will continue to bleed their most talented and aware employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A bad organization at its pinnacle. This is the government version of Enron."

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Analyst in Albuquerque, NM
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some bright spots in the organization but the sum is poor. There is talent within and some really solid employees. Gosh, I want to find some good things to say....good benefits but that is the Gov. not this organization. Well, the mission is unique.

    Cons

    Many very high level GS employees without a degree - GS -13, 14, and even 15s.
    Lack of promotion potential.
    Good 'ol boy network.
    One phrase I have heard around here: f'up move up.
    Work culture is equivalent to a dried up bird terd.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I advise would ever coagulate the dysfunction in this organization.


  8. "Okay place for engineer to work if job security is most important, and you don't care for a technical challenge"

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    Current Employee - General Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and job security. Positions are usually a grade higher then other government agencies.

    Cons

    Engineers do mostly administrative work, and the more interesting work is contracted out. Non-technical and marginally skilled people are paid equal to highly educated engineers and scientists. Many people retiring or leaving and not being back-filled, so remaining employees are being overburdened. Promotions are based on longevity, not performance. Bad employees are highly tolerated, and people that work hard end up picking up their slack. Most of the talented younger generation is leaving or will be leaving for better opportunities. The rest of the government perceives this agency as incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees more accountable. Reward, promote, and train the high performers, punish and remove the bottom feeders.


  9. "Needs to improve in the career management area."

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    Current Employee - Business Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm trying to think of some....some of my co-workers make this place tolerable

    Cons

    Terrible management, poor communication, good ol' boy network

    Advice to Management

    Start really managing would be a first step. Communicate, communicate, communicate.


  10. "Program Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Exciting and interesting mission
    -Strong relationships with a wide variety of foreign partners
    -National Labs are great to work with
    -Good pay and benefits
    -Feds are committed to the mission and work hard

    Cons

    -Odd interplay with DOE - some duplicated services, and some benefits available to DOE only
    -DEMO pay for performance system is not well organized and supervisors are not given many options for dealing creatively with poor performers or rewarding all high performers equally
    -Aside from one or two organizations with outside the box thinking management, not much in the way of creative, modern professional development (coaching, training, details, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to better support your employees - ditch or significantly update DEMO (create a fifth category so there's better differentiation between just getting by, working hard, and really going above/beyond), and think creatively about employee development.


  11. "Everything is Relative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime, travel, and unique training. Fed LEO retirement (20yr). Full compliment of Fed benefits. Opportunity to job network if desired.

    Cons

    Very low promotion potential. The agency does not value or reward education. The pay at this agency is not on par with other Fed LEO jobs (E.g you do not journey to higher pay scales over set periods of time). They use pay banding and it is terrible as an entry level employee. The bureaucracy is terrible and is unescapable.

    Advice to Management

    You can't keep doing the same things that result in problems and expect a different outcome. Change on all levels is needed ASAP.


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