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Uchicago Argonne CEO Eric D. Isaacs
Eric D. Isaacs
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Independence, high quality research facilities, the pace of work is slow"

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    Current Employee - Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in Lemont, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits package as compared to similar organizations. The advantage of living in a suburb near Chicago. High quality life. Excellent research facilities and people are generally very helpful towards post-docs. Overall a good place to make a lifelong career if you can find a permanent position.

    Cons

    Pace of work is slow mainly because of the amount of paperwork involved. No clear guidance on transition to a permanent position. Many times you have to generate your own work otherwise you can be here for two years and have nothing to show for it.

    Advice to Management

    Please make an effort to provide clear career guidance to new post-docs. The post-doctoral programs office does it but they have limited leverage. Post-docs need to hear it from their supervisors.

  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
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    I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues and research environment coupled with good facilities and reasonable benefits make Argonne a place where one can make their career.

    Cons

    Burdensome safety culture and lackluster senior management can even turn experienced and productive scientists into wary ones. Salaries for scientists on the lower scale relative to the market.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the workforce rather than managers. There are a number of groups where all that the group leader/manager does is scrounge around for money rather than doing research.

  3. "Sr. Electronic Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Uchicago Argonne full-time

    Pros

    Pretty Good Place to work at.

    Cons

    Govt. budget affects how fast or slow progress will be made.

    Advice to Management

    Get more money and give all the onsite technicians a hefty raise.

  4. "great workplace"

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      Former Employee - Chemical Engineer 
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      I worked at Uchicago Argonne

      Pros

      interesting cutting edge research, great co workers

      Cons

      location is too far from downtown

    • "Nice Place"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

      Pros

      great place to learn and work

      Cons

      low salary, remote location .

    • Helpful (1)

      "Turnover and office politics"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemont, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
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      I worked at Uchicago Argonne full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great health benefits. Decent work/life balance.

      Cons

      Managment was fine to good until they brought in a "house cleaner" who hasn't been able to keep a coherent team together since laying of a very high percent of their direct reports. People start and then keep leaving, and any positive perception that Argonne staff had seems to have disappeared.

    • "aide"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Uchicago Argonne full-time

      Pros

      very nice place to work

      Cons

      It is very cold in winter

    • "Assistant"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

        Pros

        Wage hours development weekend off

        Cons

        Staff, manager, breaks, no break

        Advice to Management

        Control staff

      • Helpful (1)

        "A nice employer"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
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        I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

        Pros

        Very nice people there. They are all very enthusiastic, kind and helping. The facilities are very good too. Funding is also not hard to get. Definitely a very good place to do research.

        Cons

        It is a bit far from the city. And too much traffic going back and forth. Not many activities going on around there.

        Advice to Management

        More activities, changing types of food in the cafeteria. More opportunities for people to get to know each other and more buildings.

      • Helpful (2)

        "Good salary, bad opportunities"

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        Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in
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        I have been working at Uchicago Argonne

        Pros

        The salary is high comparing with the university postdoc. The working time is flexible. you have 1.25 day/ month for vacation. Campus is big and university like.

        Cons

        1, The research in the lab is sloppy, and the fame for some divisions is not good, such as bioscience. All the scientists (PI) have no tenure. If the PI is not in a famous group such as APS, CNM which are supported by DOE as the user facilities, they are very hard to survive. So is the postdoc, if you are not join a group in a big center, you cannot get any good training for your career. And you might face with the funding...

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        Advice to Management

        keep the user facility as the user facility, instead of doing the crappy research, and wasting the money.

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