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National Nuclear Security Administration Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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  1. "Great mission, poor agency support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn about critical national security missions and functions as well as the see some of our best and brightest minds.

    Cons

    Support across cross-cutting divisions of the agency is tepid at best and sound decisions for the enterprise are silenced in lieu of historical habits or the status-quo.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and enforce adherence to a respective organization's function, to prevent one organization from interfering with the next. Identify cross-cutting organizations and empower them to achieve their mission for both field and sites. Provide additional support both financially and through additional staff in the area of information management to bring about the right type of transformation.


  2. "Office Director"

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    Former Employee - Office Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Office Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can have great leadership and room to maneuver. Epitome of public service and making the world a safer place.

    Cons

    Getting movement on an issue can take time. Human resource actions take an unnecessarily long time.

  3. "Very Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Engineers in every department are pleasant and professional very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Administrative staff rude and unpleasant causing work environment to be toxic, not a place for people who value their health, because you will become very sick in this atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your toxic Administrative staff and get a whole new group of more pleasant employees.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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!!!

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "A mission driven experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Nuclear Security Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - strong ties to mission
    - high grades
    - educated workforce

    Cons

    - limited field opportunities
    - aging workforce with no succession planning
    - relatively new agency, so still finding it's place

    Advice to Management

    - invest heavily in succession planning to ensure corporate knowledge is not lost


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