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PNNL Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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  • Tri-cities isn't the funnest place to live (in 7 reviews)

  • You have to leave after three years for most post-docs (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for anyone who wants to have more research experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    It's a good place to do research.

    Cons

    Located in a very small town, and average payment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Necessary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to work with diverse scientific areas

    Cons

    too many managers, not enough workers

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with the science, get away from your desk more frequently.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to spend some time"

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

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    Amazing missions, relatively clear advancement criteria

    Cons

    Poor management training and communication


  4. "Good & bad, but too political"

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

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Home to amazing research & desicated researchers.
    One of the best employers in the area in terms of pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. National politics are increasingly getting in the way of doing good research - and sharing research with the public. Hires people from the outside to make big changes without any respect or acknowledgement for the contributions and institutional knowledge of existing staff. Staff can be pigeonholed i to particular firlds without opportunities for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and care for your staff as human beings more. It's easy to fel like a cog in abig machine here. When you reorganize divisions, do it quickly and with transparency instead of dragging it out and being misleading.


  5. "Great job for anyone trying to get into research"

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    Former Employee - Post Baccalaureate Research Associate in Sequim, WA
    Former Employee - Post Baccalaureate Research Associate in Sequim, WA

    I worked at PNNL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life, great caring management, great starting pay.

    Cons

    None that I can say, I loved every part about it.

    Advice to Management

    None, everything was great


  6. "Data Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment with semi private offices, flexible hours, and supportive management.

    Cons

    No major cons at this job. Their pay scale is not the top for Seattle, but the work environment more than makes up for it.


  7. "PNNL Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    - Great people
    - High Impact
    - Great exposure

    Cons

    - Location could be a problem for some folks.

  8. "Great company - highly recomment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PNNL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, mentoring management and company culture

    Cons

    There are no cons for PNNL


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PNNL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a good place to work if you embrace the culture. Benefits and work/life balance are great. You will not get out of your box often so if you are good with staying in your box/your lane then it is good for you. Depending on where you are at you may see a ton of travel. That can be a Con if you have a family but it presents great opportunities for those that enjoy travel.

    Cons

    PNNL still does not know what to do with their younger to medium aged workforce. They struggle to keep the younger staff because they continue the embrace the old way of doing business by promoting based on a persons time at PNNL vs. skill. Pay is usually lower unless you come in at your value. Eventually you will have to deal with small increases as you climb the ladder and depending on how you advance your pay may be below new staff coming in at higher levels. Who you know really does make a difference. That can be a Pro depending on who you are.

    Advice to Management

    Work on a plan that embraces your younger to middle aged staff. PNNLs future is in their youth not the older staff that are holding on to their jobs as long as they can before they retire.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great research experience"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of excellent people working here. Opportunity to work across disciplines and achieve something interesting and profound. Good pay for postdoc

    Cons

    Stress to get funding every year. Highly affected by administration budget . Junior researchers have to team with others to get project


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