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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Mar 5, 2020

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3.8
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director Dr. Steven Ashby
Dr. Steven Ashby
72 Ratings
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  • "Summer in Richland is really hot and dry(in 22 reviews)

  • "Securing funding specially for early career scientists can be hard and frustrating(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great work/life balance with flex-time, values diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    location could be better, TriCities does not have a lot to offer. Promotions in science are hard without constant publications

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-02-18
  2. "Good place for collaborative work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Researcher in Richland, WA

    I worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High pay / huge scientific community

    Cons

    not much carrier growth, next label opportunity is low

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    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-02-24
  3. "No clear path for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in the work schedule

    Cons

    No steady predictable workload and no clear path to promotion, it is based on friends and favorites

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-03-06
  4. "why to work for PNNL and why not"

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    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Sequim, WA

    I worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    nice salary and good benefits

    Cons

    need to find work to keep oneself employed

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-02-13
  5. "Nice place"

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    Pros

    Life-work balance,lots of fundings,supportive enviroment

    Cons

    Small town,no swimming pool,winter is cold

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-01-25
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth the hype"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flextime and one day a week telework option.

    Cons

    I have a whole list - 1. One of the absolute boring places to live - wrt nature, food, things to do, public transport. I regret moving here. 2. Very isolating work environment. You are officially part of a team but don't really work on any of the projects with those teammates. For other projects, you might or not work with other people, but there is usually a lack of appropriate team structure or communication among people who work on various aspects of a project. More "management" related meetings instead of actual technical meetings. Most of the time(sometimes weeks) goes without interacting with another human being in person. 3. They have a lot of their own old codebases, which they spend a lot of resources to maintain instead of adapting cheaper new technologies. 4. They might ask for new ideas, but don't accept them due to the ideas not being compatible with their old ways. 5. Some people can be downright rude. Another weird thing I found in this area is people heavily avoid eye contact. 6. So far I have seen 2 major types of people here - temp staff such as interns or postdocs and a lot of local people working here for considerable(a lot of them working for more than 15 years). Locals mention it's a great place to work - but forgot to mention the part about being the only professional place to work in this area. 7. Hard to get projects based on interest/capability or know what's out there even. It's more based on which project has money and you can get it to fill your time card . In OS threading terms, it's more like a thread pool where jobs are assigned to threads, instead of having dedicated threads for domain-specific things.

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-01-23
  7. "Good place to work if you can manage funding"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist 

    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Tri-cities area is pretty laid back - so not good for people looking for fast paced city life but good for raising a family

    Cons

    Securing funding specially for early career scientists can be hard and frustrating

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-01-26
  8. Helpful (3)

    "It offers a nice work environment"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They offer a really good salary and health insurance package when compared to universities for a similar post.

    Cons

    It's located in a small town and so you don't have much to do on weekends.

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2019-12-29
  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - AIG 
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory part-time

    Pros

    Good place to do research

    Cons

    Funding is not stable every year

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2020-01-08
  10. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance and supports higher educational goals

    Cons

    Can't think of anything to complain about

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory2019-12-18
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