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National Institute of Standards and Technology Reviews

Updated 10 Jul 2019

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National Institute of Standards and Technology CEO Dr. Willie E. May
Dr. Willie E. May
38 Ratings
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  • "Unsure job security due to government, lots of red tape(in 10 reviews)

  • "zero inconvenient by working at nist as guest researcher(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Play it safe, stay for life"

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    Former Employee - Utility Operator in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You have to either just stop showing up or commit a crime to get fired. Like, you seriously have to try,

    Cons

    You better hope someone suddenly has to move because that's the only way you are ever moving up.

    Advice to Management

    Retire. Please.

    National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-07-11
  2. "Good, but not great"

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    Current Employee - Research Chemist in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good facilities. High job security. Research is typically very interesting. Good amount of collaboration opportunities both within NIST and with industry.

    Cons

    Petty infighting between groups. Lack of funding for state of the art equipment upgrades in order to truly be a national metrology lab. Many unmotivated people.

    National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-06-06
  3. "Secure job, interesting projects, must be self-motivated."

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    Current Employee - Research Biologist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities to influence the opinions of those in your field.

    Cons

    Unique position requires the ability to do mundane tasks as well as top-level intellectual performance.

    National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-05-30
  4. "Admin at NIST`"

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      Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 

      I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      relaxed atmosphere , on site lunch and gym. Relaxed dress code.

      Cons

      Most of the work is electronic however managers don't allow admin staff to work remotely. " old school mind set' even though the rest of the federal government is allowing remote work.

      Advice to Management

      Take care of your employees and you wont see a high turnover rate in admin staff. Get out of the old school mindset. 99 percent of the work admin staff do is electronic with no need in having a major presence in the office most days. Allow for recurrent teleworking and you will have less turnover.

      National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-05-20
    • "Postdoc"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Great place to work, high quality science and engineering.

      Cons

      Limited opportunity for advancement. Bureaucratic.

      National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-05-01
    • "Excellent work environment"

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      Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gaithersburg, MD

      I worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Opportunity to work with and learn from people with different expertise

      Cons

      Lesser chances of converting into full time.

      National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-03-15
    • "Amazing place to work!"

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      Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Boulder, CO
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology part-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Great people, very interesting work, tons of opportunity!

      Cons

      No cons at the moment!

      National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-03-02
    • "GOOD"

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      Current Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaithersburg, MD
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Salary and project are good

      Cons

      Not that much evolution if you are not american citizen

      Advice to Management

      -

      National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-02-20
    • Helpful (1)

      "Slow life"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Laid back, high degree of freedom, job stability, state of the art instrumentation

      Cons

      Too laid back, some very territorial, collaboration/cooperation are hard to achieve

      National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-03-04
    • Helpful (1)

      "One of the best places you can work at the federal government..."

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      Current Employee - Guest Researcher in Gaithersburg, MD
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      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at National Institute of Standards and Technology full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Amazing working environment, flexible working hours, opportunity to work with excellent scientists.

      Cons

      Working as a guest researcher sucks... No benefits, low salary.

      National Institute of Standards and Technology2019-02-11
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