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PNNL CEO Dr. Steven Ashby
Dr. Steven Ashby
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  • "Tri-cities isn't the funnest place to live(in 8 reviews)

  • "Richland is not a fun place to live, virtually no cultural outlets(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Work at PNNL and I enjoy it"

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    Current Employee - Post Masters Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Fun environment with the right people

    Cons

    Seems slow at times

  2. Helpful (6)

    "Political Climate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PNNL full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Professional autonomy, salary and benefits. Good work/life, including telework options.

    Cons

    Political and competitive. You have a job but you may not have work. You have to "keep your dance card full" on your own. So that means kissing up to the people who have money (aka work packages). Phased layoffs of older workers happening in support and research functions.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism and cronyism typical of a government job. Too much emphasis on hiring millennials at the expense of others who are more experienced. Take a look at why so many good people have left voluntarily in search of better working environments.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Battelle CEO claims he got rid of 30% of the "fat" in Columbus"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Nice area. Good work life balance if you are approved for all the benefits but that varies.

    Cons

    I know staff who were told to take "vacation" while they were hospitalized. Only 6 sick days per year allowed. The policy allows for more but no manager will sign off on it.

    Advice to Management

    If our new CEO in Columbus can get rid of 30% of the managers what the hell are you waiting for? As a direct charger I'm told I'm an "entrepreneur" while my SIX layers of management go on offsites and claim that Project Managers are really in charge. WTF? with SIX layers of management you should be running an organization of 1,000, 000 not 4, 500 . Scientists are becoming project hires. Soon we will be like NRL where...

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    "Big Business, Little Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Richland is a nice place to live; PNNL has good work/life balance; flexible schedule; good weather. Great place to work if you are young and early-career staff.

    Cons

    PNNL is big on business but lean on innovation. Researchers have to work very hard just to stay employed. In recent years I often find myself burning vacation trying to bring in work rather than resting. When I have enough work I have to work extra to make up for the vacation I just burned. There is the constant fear of losing your job if you cannot keep the work flowing in. Unfortunately, all work coming in must come...

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    Advice to Management

    There is hope for PNNL if you will allow it to blossom. Stop trying to control everyone, and mind your own backyard. Disenfranchise the overly entitled market sector. To quickly get rid of 90% of the problem, fire the top level management. Don't be passive aggressive when you hear dissent. Honor your middle and upper level technical staff. Care more about people than about the bottom line. In the last ten years you turned...

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Review Summary"

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      Former Employee - Scientist/Engineer I 

      I worked at PNNL full-time

      Pros

      I learned a lot of good stuff

      Cons

      Poor communications and feedback during annual reviews.

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      "Programmer"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
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      I worked at PNNL

      Pros

      Great work environment with very flexible work time.

      Cons

      Some computers are quite old and slow.

    • Helpful (3)

      "This is a research institution, not a business a lot a of new staff do not understand that."

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      Current Employee - IT Engineer in Richland, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at PNNL full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Get involved on cutting edge research.

      Cons

      Work package and a lot of PC managers who will not stand up for staff.

      Advice to Management

      Heartfelt here you do still have some good senior staff who are trying to speak up , they are being shutdown or isolated.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at PNNL full-time

      Pros

      Flexible scheduling, telework options, good schools (Tri-Cities), opportunities to work on a diverse set of projects and initiatives, pension benefit for long-term (5+ years) commitment

      Cons

      Re-orgs every 2-3 years (depending on directorate), advancement opportunities are sometimes mysterious: some jobs you have to interview for, others you are appointed to and it's not clear why the difference

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      "An Engineer in a Research Organization"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richland, WA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at PNNL for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Diversity in projects: research, business, science, national security, etc. Room to try new things and ok with failure that comes with new things. Awesome work/life balance.

      Cons

      Tough to get recognized as "just an engineer" in a research org. Projects don't always go through to production or get stressed so missing an important component in feedback cycle. Working on multiple projects forces tough context switching on engineers.

    • "3years at PNNL"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
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      I have been working at PNNL full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great work life balance. Interesting work.

      Cons

      Opposed to change, very slow to move infrastructure into current standards.

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