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PNNL Richland Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Fair work life balance and time management (in 17 reviews)

  • good work environment, good work (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • You have to leave after three years for most post-docs (in 7 reviews)

  • Tri-cities isn't the funnest place to live (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Neat place for experience"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Richland, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PNNL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool, smart people, everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing. Interns had a cool BBQ during the summer. Work was somewhat meaningful (as an intern). Colleagues express care for you when you are unsure about something which is nice

    Cons

    Environment is what you would expect at a government run facility. Could use more bean bags and...color. Sat in my chair and coded for 8 hours a day. Some find that fun, not me (learned that real quickly).


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    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. You don't have to work 8h/day every day, it can be more or less. Of course there are specific times of the year when you have to align your time.

    Cons

    You are left working alone the whole time. No team spirit. No support from managers and supervisors.

    The working environment can get quite bully. You better be careful what you say and to who. Also, you better hide your personal life. And get ready to work when you are on vacation.

    The management was extremely confusing, starting from its hierarky. It wasn't clear who I had to respond to.

    Overall, not a good place for professional growth and not a healthy working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Please, clarify your hierarchy. Value your employees, first of all as humans. A happy employee gets more productive and is more likely to stay.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Post Bach Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours, lots of opportunity to communicate with other scientists in a range of fields

    Cons

    hire on only a small portion of post-docs


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    "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - nice place for family
    - many chances to have collaborations in various domains

    Cons

    but the job stability depends on funding status and always looking for the funding source


  6. "Summer Intern"

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    Current Intern - Master's Intern in Richland, WA
    Current Intern - Master's Intern in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, provide hands-on experience

    Cons

    The city is a little bit boring


  7. "Good place to do fundamental research"

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    Current Intern - Ph D Student/Research Assistant in Richland, WA
    Current Intern - Ph D Student/Research Assistant in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of state of the art equipment, staff members are great to work with

    Cons

    Relatively isolated area, sometimes work can be very independent (this could be pro or con depending on what you prefer to do)


  8. "Good benefits/work-life balance/research freedom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Research freedom, opportunities to interact with DOE program managers, develop research opportunities

    Cons

    Not very open and collaborative

    Advice to Management

    Encourage collaboration and exchange of data and ideas


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Computer science and security"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People have a passion for the work they do and the ability to
    Have a national impact in the area of science, energy and national security.

    Cons

    Government oversight and bureaucracy can impede the ability to get work done and impact the morale of staff. Decisive bold leadership is rare.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tolerate complacency, be bold, make timely decisions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional Management"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PNNL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good balance between work and life. Flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Manager was unavailable, unqualified, and unprofessional. And weird. He made up lies about my performance just to document something on paper. He made racist and sexual innuendoes. Terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. You have better people that can manage your groups and departments. Why are people who border on crazy always get the management positions.


  11. "This Is Where Dreams Come To Die"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PNNL full-time

    Pros

    Good insurance benefits, but if you live in Richland/Tri-Cities area, good luck on finding a real doctor, let alone a good one. Even the medical community doesn't want to live here. They do have some good nurses pretending to be doctors, so there's that.

    Cons

    Where do I start? If you live in a real metro city area and enjoy living any sort of life, DO NOT MOVE HERE. I cannot stress this enough. They told me it would be great for families and what a great place it is to raise kids. Well, they were right if you wanted your kids to become insular and bored.

    This place is in the middle of a literal nuclear wasteland (Google Hanford), with nothing to do. Not even with the kids, unless you call the rundown bowling alley attached to the casino and the dirty Chuck E. Cheese, as family enriching activities. If you're single, honestly, don't even think about moving here. Moving my family here for my job was the worst mistake of my life. Please, please, don't make the same mistake I did and regret subjecting your family to this "area". No job is worth it, especially at PNNL.

    This is a government run operation and everyone there knows it. People work harder to find ways to not to work, than if they just did their job in the first place. Most of management has been there for more than 20 years, and a lot of the staff are from the area, where the Lab is the ONLY professional place to work, so any new ideas, or people from the private sector, are shunned. For a research facility, it still amazes me how afraid of new ideas, or processes that is widely used and accepted in private industry, is seen as a threat at PNNL.

    No one is held accountable and forget about firing the dead weight if you are in management. This is a government facility and the bureaucracy is astounding in every aspect.

    If you're being hired as management, they are only looking for "yes" men. I cannot stress this enough. This is a government facility in a small town with people who have only worked here, and grew up in the area. They will say in your interview that they need new ideas. When you get started and try to help or change anything, you will be stopped at every turn. Beware!

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change. Be honest about the culture and tell candidates the truth about living in a the Tri-Cities and the subsequent culture shock.



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