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  1. "NETL Laboratory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Park, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Park, PA

    I worked at Natonal Energy Technology Lab full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, gym, nice offices

    Cons

    Really no cons, Federal job was good


  2. "Mickey Leland Fellowship Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research and Development Intern in Albany, OR
    Former Employee - Research and Development Intern in Albany, OR
    Recommends

    I worked at Natonal Energy Technology Lab (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was great experience working in the NETL lab for 2017 summer internship. I had good mentorship and the employees are good people to work it.

    Cons

    The NETL lab that I did my internship is in small city called Albany, Oregon. Nothing much to do in the city, but Oregon is a beautiful state.

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    "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Natonal Energy Technology Lab full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice people around, low-stress work environment; a lot of research collaboration opportunities with other national labs and universities; well-organized lab environment; sufficient research fund (less funding stress such as from academia)

    Cons

    too laid back; a lot of tedious safety approvals required which significantly slow down the research progress; it is good enough for a job but not for career especially for fresh graduate; the only federal government-based lab among all the DOE's national labs, very politics; drain taxpayer's money (most people accomplish nothing but get high pay/benefit, and the lab pay ridiculously high (10 times higher than normal) to the on-site contractor for the machine work and the work is very non-professional!)

    Advice to Management

    Innovation; open-minded


  4. "Project Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Natonal Energy Technology Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers, very interesting work, good benefits, low stress environment unless in Lab Management.

    Cons

    Lower pay than comparable corporate job, pace is slower than corporate America. Not for A-type go getters.


  5. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Natonal Energy Technology Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High pay, near-zero work hours required, easiest job ever, impossible to be fired

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, good luck ever getting anything done, low quality of science and personnel, terrible morale. A bureaucracy not a laboratory.

    Advice to Management

    Place a value on publications per year, but most of all treat scientists like scientists.


  6. "Good gov benefits, great opportunities for students, bad internal politics"

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    Current Employee - Physical Scientist in Albany, OR
    Current Employee - Physical Scientist in Albany, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Natonal Energy Technology Lab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    NETL has great benefits for gov employees. The opportunities for interns is vast and NETL works directly with Oak Ridge to provide both summer Mickey Leland positions and ORISE positions (undergrad, grad, post grad, postdoc).

    The research itself is engaging and relevant to increase scientific contributions. NETL has great teamwork across all sites and with external collaborators (other gov agencies, universities, etc). Immediate supervisors care about their teams and work within their abilities to ensure favorable outcomes.

    Cons

    Being a federal lab, funding is dependent on the government and changes with the administration. While this allows for change in scope, months into a fiscal year, limited to no funding is distributed. This impacts work while PIs/technical team coordinators are still expected to deliver milestones on time. The amount of paperwork in procurement is slow and the process wastes a significant amount of time.

    Upper management does a poor job communicating to supervisors and thus the majority of employees are in a constant state of redoing project plans, budgets, team capabilities, and implementing reorganization. In a short time, I've had multiple supervisors as a result of 3 major reorganizations which creates confusion and chaos. In addition, upper management has made decisions to shut down on of the lab site while reassuring us that the site would stay open.

    Getting career ladder promotions are difficult and take a significant amount of time persuading upper management "why" even when being supported by supervisors and associate directors – I’ve seen this happen to 4 employees within 3 years. Because of this, it is difficult to work above pay grade as performance reviews don't matter. NETL rarely rewards exceeds expectations performance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the researchers and employees - multiple employee surveys are sent out and rarely it appears that action is taken to improve. Support in-house research by hiring positions after attrition.


  7. "National Embarrasement Technology Lab (NETL)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The new Sec. of Energy may drain the swamp

    Cons

    This laboratory is a national disgrace, employing hundreds of unionized workers (some making 150k+/yr; working 20hrs a week); accomplishing nothing; totally inept; ripe with nepotism, cronyism, and shady friendly arrangements. The Director still doesn't know that she works here; is clueless on corporate restructuring and has accomplished nothing for the $300M in payroll the last two years. Constant dysfunctionalism

    Advice to Management

    Gov. Perry, do what's right; replace the Director; shut the lab down or convert it to a company operated laboratory. Taxpayers will thank you

  8. "NETL intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent amount of independence, great guidance with research, and access to some of the most intelligent researchers

    Cons

    Desk space is kind of rough

    Advice to Management

    love your interns! we help you out a lot, and do a lot of the grunt work


  9. "Great for experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great research resources. Laid back - low stress environment. Has benefits such as gym memberships.

    Cons

    Very independent, low collaboration focus.


  10. "Good gov't job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Natonal Energy Technology Lab full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As Federal employee, you have great benefits such as personal leave, sick leave, medical coverage and retirement. It's also a fairly stable job.

    Cons

    It can be very frustrating to get anything of real consequence done, since there are many political concerns as a National Laboratory. As well, there's not a lot of incentive to really go beyond your performance plan, since the bonuses and advancement opportunities are negligible

    Advice to Management

    None really - much of the cons of the job are inherent to the federal government system. We do often wish that management would push back on some of the onerous requirements that are put on us.


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