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Updated Jun 28, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee
    Featured Review

    Valuable Experience and Great Environment

    Mar 11, 2022 - Graduate Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    * Great work/life balance * Assigned mission-critical work rather than toy problems * Project/team flexibility * Remote work accommodated

    Cons

    * Mid/Low-range pay considering the competition * Main campus location is not overly exciting for a younger audience

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    good employer

    Jun 27, 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    flexible working time, friendly working environment

    Cons

    restrict background checks, very hard to push progress forward due to all safety/reviewing regulations

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Toxic Peach

    Jun 26, 2022 - Administrator in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Mostly great coworkers, flex time for all employees, a comprehensive benefits package, technically there is a lot of opportunity to jump to new or related career paths or for advancement (but see below), beautiful campus and a number of social and cultural events for employees. Truly excellent safety culture (seems paranoid and over the top at first, but the Lab environment has a lot of risks, and you come to appreciate it). You will learn useful cybersecurity tips you can use at home!

    Cons

    Good luck actually climbing out of whatever career pigeon hole you get put into. While a lot of career path flexibility exists, it can be very hard to access in reality. This company has reorgs every couple of years that consistently employees' degrade pay and benefits. Health benefits have been getting worse and more expensive every year for over a decade. Lab management follows the Neutron Jack Welch school of thought; middle management is inconsistent, especially between directorates. Could be competent and humane, could be tyrants. For a "not for profit" org, they act like the most hard-nosed for-profit companies overall. Pay is about 65-75% of market for all positions except researchers and bargaining. Ablist culture dominates. Whatever you do, do not develop a disability, chronic illness or any emotional distress. Do not become highly experienced and expensive. You will be fired (no matter how many OPAs you have, how many awards you've earned the lab, how many patents you have or what your H factor is) unless you are a Golden Child.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee

    great work from home opportunity

    Jun 21, 2022 - Help Desk Technician 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    flexible precise intuitive forward thinking

    Cons

    there are no cons in my personale expeirce from the compny

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place for an intern, or aspirational programmer looking to learn

    Jun 28, 2022 - Tech Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, easy learning for interns

    Cons

    Bureaucratic restrictions, work package scrambles

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  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    I wouldn’t do this over again..

    May 16, 2022 - NGFP Fellow 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    • Good networking opportunities and connections • Lots of learning opportunities • They pay for your clearance.

    Cons

    The NGFP program is poorly managed and infantilizes Fellows through assignments for their “Aspiring Leadership Certificate Program,” which isn’t any kind of real or externally recognizable certification in the same sense as something like PMP or Six Sigma, but it still has a lot of assignments and requirements. Rather than being treated like a fully functioning professional adult with an advanced degree and valuable experience, I felt like I was treated like I was still in undergrad. There were also a ton of hang-ups related to travel because even though most fellows are in DC, we were subject to heavier restrictions since PNNL’s site in Richland was while folks in our NNSA offices were traveling like normal. Keep in mind that I am speaking about the PNNL side of the fellowship and not NNSA (they rock).

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Good Comfy Job

    Jun 11, 2022 - Software Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work-from-home flexibility. Pension. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is good for in demand areas but the promotions and raises are stingy.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    May 25, 2022 - Data Scientist III in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work with bright scientists, engaging projects

    Cons

    Can be hectic balancing writing proposals and working on 2+ vastly different projects - possibly a lot of time lost to context-switching

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  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Meetings, charge codes, and more meetings

    Jan 23, 2022 - Software Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pay is decent and benefits are solid. There are some interesting projects.

    Cons

    Meetings and charge codes. You have to charge 40 hours per week to charge codes. There is no admin time charge code. We are instructed to charge any internal time evenly between projects we are working on. Then, half of our time in meetings each week. Many of these meetings are internal. This means most of the time logged to a project is not even spent working on that project. Project managers have a hard time understanding why progress is slow but billing is high. This is why... Then, when you say something, it is suggested that you "gift your time." Gifting your time is the company asking you to work after hours and not log your time. This way progress is made on the project and budgets are met. It is all on the developer to save the day during nights and weekends. The charge code culture also does not allow for any improvement. If research is needed for tooling or better processes, it is done with gifted time. This is very bad.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Delivering mission impact with cutting-edge technology

    Apr 12, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Hard, interesting problems that support our nation. Cutting-edge technology using cloud environments and the latest in data science. Fantastic work-life balance. Pension plan.

    Cons

    Salaries are competitive but not on the top end. Small bonus structure. Supporting multiple projects at a time can be challenging.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5, based on over 548 reviews left anonymously by employees. 78% of employees would recommend working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to a friend and 71% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This rating has decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

78% of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 4.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 4.0 for career opportunities.

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