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Thomas Zacharia
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  • "Work-life balance is great and mentors are there to make sure to steer you on the path you are looking for(in 13 reviews)

  • "Generally a great place to work(in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, amazing folks around with smart brains. However, the location is bad. Wish it was in a big city."

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

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place with world class research and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Wish the location was in a more big city, living in Knoxville and commuting to Oak Ridge is just not feasible. Sustainable Transportation Alternatives needs to be in place.

    Advice to Management

    Consider alternative options to open office in Knoxville and provide commute options.

  2. "A great place to make a career"

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    Current Employee - Information Systems in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, People, Job Security

    Cons

    You can get trapped because it is hard to beat the pay

    Advice to Management

    Cheaper cafeteria fare would be nice

  3. "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    One of the best research laboratory in the U.S.

    Cons

    In the middle of nowhere

  4. "Neutral Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    good pay, flexible people who will work with you on your schedule, the people are nice, good learning opportunities, my team feels like a team

    Cons

    incredibly unorganized management, no one in the higher ups communicates with each other, I have gotten conflicting instructions and criticisms countless times, no benefits or PTO, sometimes petty work environment with staff and higher ups

  5. "Computer Science Research Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Decent facilities, great location, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Too many changes to lab organization structure, micromanagement of research staff, benefits recently reduced, always looking for projects to bill hours.

    Advice to Management

    Hire smart people, trust them to do good things.

  6. "A wonderfully diverse professional environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Diverse population Some of the best resources in the world Friendly people 401k Pension

    Cons

    Atmosphere has turned very academic (to the benefit of some and the bereavement of others) H-factor and publications are the only thing that matter

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work, maintaining relationships (not just recognizing new ones), acknowledge team work (many projects have many major contributors and not everyone can be first author of a high impact factor journal publication every year)

  7. "SULI Intern at ORNL"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

      Pros

      -Get to visit/watch talks from amazing researchers -Work overall was mentally stimulating -There are ~1000 summer interns at ORNL, so very easy to have a social life -Lots of beautiful hiking trails, outdoors stuff in eastern Tennessee -Would recommend staying at West Gate apartments in Oak Ridge. About 20 interns stayed there

      Cons

      -Actual project was very different from proposed project -My mentor was afraid to have interns in the lab due to previous interns destroying equipment (got no actual lab experience, which was a big bummer) -Weekly required SULI meetings and required paper are a waste of time

    • "Awful place"

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      Former Employee - Research Scientist 
      Doesn't Recommend
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      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      None. Seriously, none. The place is rotten.

      Cons

      Culture is terrible: only PIs (the "stars") are considered valuable by the lab. Everybody else is disposable. That would be ok if those stars were... stars. The reality is they are mostly mediocre people at best. Somehow they found a place where they get paid more than what they would make anywhere else considering their knowledge. These "stars" make life miserable for everybody else, from admins to postdocs to more junior...

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      Advice to Management

      If you want to attract talent, first define a culture that will make the talent to feel comfortable. Demonstrate that people can further their careers by working there. Care about them. Get rid of most if not all of the current managers.

    • "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
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      I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Amazing scientists to work with.

      Cons

      I don`t see any cons.

    • "Good place for research"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory full-time

      Pros

      a relatively open research environment

      Cons

      difficult for early-career scientists to lead projects as a PI

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