Naval Nuclear Laboratory Reviews

Updated Aug 1, 2020

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3.5
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Naval Nuclear Laboratory CEO Brendan Bechtel
Brendan Bechtel
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Many career advancement opportunities in the area with job security(in 15 reviews)

  • "Work Life Balance, Talented Engineering mentors, experience in secured environment(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Oh, and lets not forget the red tape(in 6 reviews)

  • "Promotions are not based on merit they are based on time(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Do a good job and promotions come easy"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Unit Manager in Ballston Spa, NY

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Good company and rewarding work. Easy to move around within the company

    Cons

    A lot of red tape

  2. "Training department is ruthless to civilians"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Compliance Engineer in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    rewarding service in cool technology

    Cons

    leadership is vindictive in Training

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  3. "Great job!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Technical Writer/Editor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Challenging work, engaging coworkers, considerate and supportive management

    Cons

    Out of date systems and processes, an overall negative atmosphere toward change and improvement toward futuristic and simpler advances

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  4. "OK For a First Job"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Process/Manufacturing Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work schedule and benefits Generous vacation time Flexible hours

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement Lack of diversity New hires with equivalent experience are often hired at a higher seniority/pay level Have to be willing to change jobs/departments to get promoted Very few options to work from home

  5. "Excellent"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Idaho Falls, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work place for engineers

    Cons

    To far from town and a long dtive

  6. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great work life balance - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Slow to change at times

  7. "IDK"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefits, good relocation, good dental

    Cons

    average pay, bad work enviroment, bad bosses

  8. "Job Security, Nice People, Limited Promotion Opportunity"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent place if you value flexibility and job security.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for promotion. Very much a "good ol' boy" environment. They always know who they're going to promote before the job is posted. You waste your time applying, although the interviewing practice will serve you well when you decide to leave.

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  9. "Stable job"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is a stable job. Fulfilling to know that our mission supports our country.

    Cons

    Slow, antiquated culture. Very top heavy. Large organization with immense amount of bureaucracy. People like to talk about ideas. Not execute.

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    "Antiquated Organization with No True Innovation"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent ability to move around to other groups as long as your ideals and practices align with management. The idea of the work is great. Designing reactors and reactor plants for submarines and carriers is a really cool idea. Some groups get to go on the subs and carriers. 9% 401k match (As of 2020) is pretty good. Healthcare benefits are very good for what the employee pays, but the BCBS system is based out of Pennsylvania, so people at the NY site always have difficulties with payments and insurance coverage

    Cons

    Where to start.... The management structure is antiquated and lacks good leaders. There is a high amount of inbreeding among management and there is no skipping of rungs on the proverbial corporate ladder. Therefore, unit managers must spend their time as unit managers, sub-division managers must spend their time as sub-division managers, etc. It's all based on who can play "The Game" the best to move up the ladder (BUT all based on HR's "time in band" policies which applies to managers and employees). Also, management makes all decisions FOR the employees rather than WITH the employees. Company initiatives come out regularly that no one wanted and they quickly die due to lack of engagement. Innovation is an idea that gets fondled every few years but never truly acted upon. Upper management will make the decision to innovate and spread the idea like wildfire around the organization. People research ideas and put in proposals and then management shuts down all of the ideas and chooses to stick with a a typical "Copy and Paste" pressurized water reactor like they've been doing since the NAUTILUS. People become discouraged and with each subsequent innovation wave, less and less people get turned on by the idea. Very little design actually occurs at the labs. It is all vendored out, so there are "engineers" who cannot perform trivial flow or heat transfer calculations. But hey, "performance" is based on "time in band" so those engineers as well as the high performers are all moved up at the same rate (plus or minus one year) and all are paid on the same band. So don't expect to get ahead (or behind) here. For management, it's all about how "fair" they can make things. The "work-life balance" initiative moved to a 9/80 a few years ago, but the entire organization is still hell-bent on people working a full 80 hours in two weeks, no working from home, and ensuring that if an employee so much as head out an hour early on a Friday, that that hour is charged to his/her personal time. This company does not focus on the "employee experience" that so many companies are moving toward. Instead, upper management digs in their heels on any initiative to try and truly make a change toward a better employee experience all while they cite that they accepted the 9/80 and made changes to the timekeeping software to make it easier to use (it wasn't hard to use in the first place but that probably goes back to my statement regarding subpar employees versus the high performers). Overall, the NNL pitch is great. "We design nuclear reactors for the world's greatest navy." No one can compete with that pitch. But what other companies can compete and beat them on is almost everything else regarding the employee experience. There is no innovation and management is "for us" rather than "with us." Oh, and lets not forget the red tape. LOTS of red tape which is mainly due to management and all of the restrictions and approvals one has to meet to get anything done.

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