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Updated December 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, as well as good worker's rights as it is a government job (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place to work, lots of interesting stuff going on here (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay is really low compared to private sector (in 6 reviews)

  • There is a fair bit of red tape and hoops you need to jump through to get things approved by the Navy (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Military Lab"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Naval Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Pay was great, lots of longevity with employees, flexible work assignments, best and brightest scientists and engineers.

    Cons

    Location is in Washington, DC. Some of the buildings are very old and in need of repairs.


  2. "Behind the Times"

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    Current Employee - Computer Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Computer Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Research Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very cool projects you get to work on that you wont get to see anywhere else. Lots of opportunity to have your education paid for.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. Not really compensated for what you put into it. For the most part everyone gets the same exact general merit increase no matter what. Definitely one of the slowest ways to advance your career in the area....typical government job

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring employees just because they are somehow related or are friends with a current employee. A lot of talent gets passed up because of this.

  3. "Can be terrible or could be great, based on the team you work with."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Naval Research Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -Very relaxed atmosphere
    -A few very talented people
    -Some teams are excellent to work with
    -Hard to get fired

    Cons

    Unfortunately a lot of the pros lend themselves to the cons as well. While there are some very talented people who work at the NRL, there are only a few that stay for a long period of time. What you're left with are smart people who become lazy and disinterested with time and a lot of people not qualified for their job.

    On a side note I worked there for years and only spoke with my supervisor a handful of times. There was little to no direction on any of the projects both my coworkers and I worked on. The lack of communication wasted a lot of time and effort and helped me realize how much money our government is willing to throw away by not laying out a game plan and communicating it.

    Ultimately my experience was disappointing and helped me decide to stay in the private sector for the rest of my career.

    Also, may be a big deal depending on your personality, but this place is more clique oriented than most other jobs I've had.

    Advice to Management

    Get off the friends hiring friends system and have some meetings.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of interesting stuff going on here

    Cons

    Buildings are old due to government restrictions on new construction


  5. "Great research institution"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Naval Research Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a premier research environment.

    Cons

    There is too much security screening


  6. "NRL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Lots of different kinds of work

    Cons

    No growth path unless you are a researcher, low paying. Location is difficult to get to.


  7. "Electronics Technician"

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

    I have been working at Naval Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, Variety of Projects

    Cons

    Next Door to Blue Plains

  8. "Lack of urgency"

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

    I worked at Naval Research Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    A place to do research

    Cons

    Relaxed working environment to a degree that people may not take work seriously

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people working there know there is accountability from him or her.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Naval Research Laboratory (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment fosters collaboration and there are many exciting projects.

    Cons

    There is a fair bit of red tape and hoops you need to jump through to get things approved by the Navy.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Research Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    State of the art scientific research

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of a federal agency


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