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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory CEO Terrence Brog
Terrence Brog
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory part-time for more 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. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work with good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory part-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Very good benefits Low stress Nice people

    Cons

    Career advancement is difficult

  3. "Audit"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    good exposure to tech clients

    Cons

    work hours are crazy and pay not that great

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, interesting challenges,

    Cons

    Years of poor management and inadequate resources,

    Advice to Management

    Listen to working personnel, not outside consultants, Institute real management training for your managers; excellent engineers are not automatically excellent managers. Consider the load imposed on key engineering personnel/project managers.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn while working"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Princeton, NJ
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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 6 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

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not Terrible, Certainly Not Great"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

      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.

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      "PPPL"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
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      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 6 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.

    • Helpful (2)

      "Inefficient, Antiquated, and Ineffectual"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 6 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.

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      "Great Working Environment"

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

      I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 4 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

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      "In Danger of Evisceration"

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

      I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 4 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...

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      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!

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