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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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  1. "Great Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work part-time at a subcontract of PPPL called Nova Photonics (less than a year).
    It's been fabulous: I've found boundless opportunity for growth and was able to utilize all of it.
    Very relaxed environment, knowledgeable co-workers, very engaging and innovative research projects. Flexible hours, high pay. Perfect for me, as I am taking summer courses for university.

    Cons

    You're dealing with scientific research. Some things will be over your head at first, but you need to be able to rise to the occasion to do what is asked of you. I learned more at this job in a short time than at any formal schooling function.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. "Great place to learn while working"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ample opportunities for learning, tuition reimbursement programs to enhance your credentials, encourages community outreach programs

    Cons

    the ever diminishing benefits for lab employees

    Advice to Management

    Provide competitive incentives and benefits to young engineers, so that they feel appreciated and chose to continue working

  3. "Emergency Physician, Partner, Director of clinical education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    High standards in both providing care and ethical resolve

    Cons

    none none none none none

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Not Terrible, Certainly Not Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere. Good employee relationships. Lots of time to learn about state-of-the-art technology.

    Cons

    SLOW. Lots of time is spent waiting for funding. Also, the facility is straight out of the 70's. The place is pretty old-school, so most documents are stored as physical copies but the organization of these documents is awful.


  5. "PPPL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    PPPL has great benefits and work environment

    Cons

    Management could use some serious work.. constant turnover
    Doesn't give any bonus or financial increase when obtaining a Masters or MBA

    Advice to Management

    Work on promoting and hiring people that are looking to stay and increase the moral at the lab.


  6. "Inefficient, Antiquated, and Ineffectual"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job ease and security. Poor performance is expected and tolerated. It is virtually impossible to get fired. Lots of vacation days.

    Cons

    Management is terribly ineffectual and bureaucracy is overwhelming. Facilities and IT are outdated and falling apart. No gender equality at all (not even an attempt).

    Advice to Management

    Seniority alone does not make for good managers. Implement strict and independent performance reviews across the board.


  7. "Great Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, paid travel, cutting edge research

    Cons

    Inflexible upper management, salaries are uncompetative

    Advice to Management

    Better match salaries in the NJ area

  8. Helpful (5)

    "In Danger of Evisceration"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good retirement and vacation benefits. Really cool and intriguing projects that are going on for their research projects so there is plenty to learn. That's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Wages are mega crap. Promotions? Keep dreaming. Place is slowly crumbling into the ground and they recently announced an IOI initiative to revamp the place but it will probably take 50 years cause most projects here almost never succeed and sometimes makes me wonder how this place is still turned on.

    Scientists have snarky attitudes towards engineers and technicians and don't show the appreciation as other research places do. The management here is awful - sometimes I wonder even if I have a manager since there so nonexistent.

    The cafeteria is a total joke - it just keeps you going until the end of day. Food total rubbish and that makes sense since these jokesters contracted the cheapest caterer in the local area.

    Those vacation days? You can't take any since the place is severely short staffed and

    Advice to Management

    Sack the deadbeats and the granpa's that don't do diddly squat and start forking over more money to the employees and this place will flourish. Ditch the cafeteria and get a better caterer - the salad bar is terrible! JOKE!


  9. "Relaxed work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Filled with smart individuals, and it is a very friendly environment. There is much freedom to work on what you want to and at your own pace

    Cons

    Since it is mostly funded by the government, projects take some time getting off of the ground. Also, the place looks like it's stuck in the 80s.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should trust the employees to get work done, and take on new projects as needed. There is no reason for an individual to feel that their project is moving too slowly.


  10. "technical staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented people, good esprit de corps, important work, decent location. Acceptable computing resources. Lots of longstanding and productive collaboration with other institutions, especially international.

    Cons

    Tons of inefficiency on the administration side.

    Research tends to be individual and specialized, with only occasional collaboration within the lab.

    A lot of entrenched attitudes towards new lines of inquiry that stifle creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the bureaucracy as soon as possible. Safety "culture" is overbearing, formulaic, and ineffective. Many facilities in dire need of repair/replacement. Proper office space is unavailable for new staff.


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