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Updated July 13, 2017
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  1. "Oak Ridge National Laboratory"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer IV in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Engineer IV in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always learning. Supportive management. They value research and personal growth. Ability to contribute meaningfully to larger projects according to what each person brings to the work.

    Cons

    Limited room for titled promotions. Must have patience for safety and working within a regulated work environment. Hiring is deliberate but slow and physical infrastructure is older, leading to the need for extra maintenance and spares.


  2. "Good, but your experience will depend a lot on your co-workers and boss."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Good science, good benefits, good reputation. Some people seem stressed. Fighting for finding can be hard if you have to do that.

    Cons

    Some people are stressed. Not very social environment. No on site daycare. Impossible to have a commute less than 20 minutes.

  3. "Great place to work, great benefits, interesting people, ability to make a difference."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Caring management, great benefits, employees treated like customers, you see your work on the news - making a difference, impacting society.

    Cons

    Limited funding - dependent on what congress values at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work - trust in your employees.


  4. "Its time for a new opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Technician in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My fellow Technicians were great to work with. The benefits were great.
    I worked for two Department of Energy Labs for 32 years. The first Lab was managed by MIT and after 17 years I was recruited in 2002 to go to Oak Ridge National Lab. After 15 years at Oak Ridge National Lab, I decided to experience
    new work opportunities. Since I love to work I am in the market for a new job

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say. They treated me very well.

    Advice to Management

    Thom Mason is a fantastic leader.


  5. "Associate research"

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    Former Employee - Post-Master’s Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Post-Master’s Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It has a competitive environment and has a cutting edge research subject. Has an ok work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pretty much in a middle of nowhere. Sometimes a competitive environment can be hostile. The worse thing is management seems to not care about.


  6. "Fantastic research oppurtunities at the cost of rigid management and limited funds"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Truly fantastic researchers and unparalleled facilities (in most research areas). Great opportunities for improving one's scientific profile

    Cons

    Minimal funding leading to very heavy work loads. Inflexible management who neither allow flexible working hours / days nor are they willing to accept newer trends in scientific research. Very poor opportunities to turn


  7. "IT worker embedded in a division focused on national security"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Like a college campus, there are many departments (a.k.a. divisions and groups); each focusing on different disciplines. Opinions will vary depending on specific experiences in these different work areas. Overall, however, I find ORNL to be a place of opportunity. There are thousands of employees and hundreds of job functions. As an IT worker embedded in a division focused on national security, I have found satisfaction in combining my skill set with a mission that will have an enduring legacy. HR benefits are among the best in the region.

    Cons

    This place isn’t for everybody; ORNL is a government (Department of Energy) facility and as such, there’s the unavoidable red tape. Employees who have a long, fulfilling career here are those who can appreciate working in their area of expertise while contributing to a greater purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Employees struggle with reporting detailed time to projects (effectively punching a time clock). Unfortunately, interpretations of time charging policies vary greatly among divisions/groups so this compounds the problem.

  8. "25 years at ORNL"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    World class people doing amazing science and engineering.

    Management in technical fields is generally fantastic.

    Cons

    Management in non-technical fields is hit or miss.

    To do well at ORNL you need to:

    • have the correct and most advanced degree for your field
    • choose projects that have a high likelihood of success
    • choose projects that closely match the Lab's resources
    • plan on changing jobs in order to advance
    • find ways to deal with the business and safety rules common to government endeavors
    • understand that the region has a fairly low cost of living which will be reflected in your salary

    Advice to Management

    Fix the purchasing system. It's a train wreck.


  9. "Good career opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good career opportunities and work/life balance

    Cons

    The location is not much exciting.


  10. "Conscientious to Employees"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great research resources and invited seminar speakers, great health care, seem to be working toward more diversity, available on-site fitness classes.

    Cons

    Still not really diverse in terms of leadership roles, a lot of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing toward more diversity.


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