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Found 450 of over 584 reviews
4.0
77% Recommend to a Friend
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director Dr. Steven Ashby
84% Approve of CEO

Found 451 of over 584 reviews

4.0
77%
Recommend to a Friend
84%
Approve of CEO
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director Dr. Steven Ashby
Dr. Steven Ashby
144 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Great people and collaborators.(in 59 reviews)
  • "Good benefits, for the time being(in 32 reviews)
  • "Good work life balance if you are approved for all the benefits but that varies.(in 25 reviews)
  • "Good pay compared to local cost of living;(in 20 reviews)
  • "Good salary(in 19 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great job for

    Oct 17, 2022 - Data Scientist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    • Friendly work-culture and atmosphere. • Great benefits. • Plenty of work to be done and you are encouraged to learn and try new things constantly.

    Cons

    • Can be stressful when there’s not enough funding on projects. • Work-culture varies depending on the team and division you’re in. I lucked out.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Important Research

    Sep 29, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work with some passionate people that are pursuing interesting work in the clean tech space, especially on ocean science. Some really cool research at the Sequim marine science lab investigating ocean carbon dioxide removal, marine algae for biofuels, tidal turbines, ocean observing arrays, and wave energy conversion. People are very friendly and will lend a hand on projects when you need it. For some of the divisions it's real nice to be able to flex time throughout the year, which makes it easy to take time off if you are over target hours for the year. Energy and Environment Directorate is a great group of folks.

    Cons

    Pay and raises are limited by the U.S. Department of Energy which can keep compensation below market rates for some roles. Not a fault of PNNL, but just a factor of working in the National Laboratory system. There are some draconian administrative bureaucratic processes that can make progress slow. There is a constant pressure to obtain funding from DOE for research which makes it difficult for long-term planning. Collaboration across labs isn't always easy, but this applies to all labs, not just PNNL. If joining as a remote worker, it is hard to feel involved in the organization, seldom opportunities to visit the HQ or corporate offices

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Amazing company to have a long career with

    Nov 28, 2022 - Sr. Radiation Protection Technologist in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great salary, work-life balance, and community. Outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    Occasional lack of communication can cause minor setbacks.

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Place to work

    Nov 14, 2022 - Research Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good work life balance, great people

    Cons

    At a place this big, bureaucratic policies can be annoying.

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  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Poor Leadership / Too much politics

    Sep 20, 2022 - Instructional Designer in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If you love to be a robot and not make any common sense choices when spending government money, then PNNL is a great place. But if you have a moral compass, want to actually further your career, or not feel like like your coworkers were involved in January 6, then avoid this place. I don’t know how many people with Master’s degree it takes to change a lightbulb here.

    Cons

    No management backbone, management is such a joke here. If you have a moral compass, want to actually further your career, or not feel like like your coworkers were involved in January 6, then avoid this place. I don’t know how many people with Master’s degree it takes to change a lightbulb here.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Gone downhill

    Aug 18, 2022 - Software Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Job security is all time high. It is almost impossible to be fired - There is some of the most interesting work out there - Very fast pace work environment

    Cons

    - The pay was "okay" like 6 years ago when Richland housing prices were cheap. Now the pay is pretty terrible. - Pay has not been adjusted for national averages in a very long time. Pay is actually pretty bad. - They have been slashing benefits. - Pension was reduce (pensions for retirements suck anyways). - 401k was reduced to only half contributing for 7% matching. - Be prepared to pay for all your meals (even group events). The only meal that was paid for me was by my manager. Managers shouldn't have to buy peoples meals. - They follow fed government rules. Not states rules. If you know what this means. - People that should have been fired are still working there

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    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to learn and work

    Oct 6, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great projects to work on, and learn at the same time.

    Cons

    End of fiscal year can be overwhelming, ant time management is necessary if you are working on several projects simultaneously.

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Positive work environment

    Nov 11, 2022 - Senior Data Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The group I work with actively works to be inclusive, supportive, and diverse.

    Cons

    Garden variety issues found in almost any national lab or large organization.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Collaborative Research

    Sep 29, 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Richland, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You can learn a ton and all the highly experienced scientists are willing to help you do work in a diverse range of topics.

    Cons

    Things can move slow due to government regulations

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  11. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Stable place with great facilities and science

    Sep 28, 2022 - Postdoctoral Researcher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good facilities Good scientists Cantinas on campus

    Cons

    Large amounts of bureaucracy Getting help from people outside your circle can be annoying Nickel and diming for charge codes

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 584 reviews left anonymously by employees. 77% of employees would recommend working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to a friend and 72% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

77% of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 4.0 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.7 for culture and values and 3.9 for career opportunities.

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