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US Naval Research Laboratory Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Updated 31 Jan 2019

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  1. "Great environmnet"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large variety of projects to work on Opportunities to work with different divisions Helpful and responsive HR Access to plenty of top-of-the-line engineering resources like Solidworks

    Cons

    Down-time in between projects can make work dull Some buildings are old and have HVAC issues The drive is long if you don't live in or right next to DC

    US Naval Research Laboratory2019-01-31
  2. "Shadwell (Mobile, AL)"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Mobile, AL
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Naval Research Laboratory for more than a year

    Pros

    The interns have a great boss who is flexible with student work schedules and understanding of the physically taxing work you are doing.

    Cons

    This isn't necessarily a con, but you should know that working aboard the Shadwell is hazardous and it isn't easy work. You can go for a couple months without much to do, but once a testing series starts you have to get to it. It's extremely hot and hard work sometimes. It isn't anything you can't handle if you've ever worked construction in the summer down south though. One thing that is a bummer about the internship...

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    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any, other than that the supervising engineer aboard the Shadwell deserves way more money than you are probably paying him. He never takes vacations and often works 60-80 hour work weeks with no overtime compensation.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2016-07-07
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    "Brilliant people working"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Washington, DC
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Almost all my coworkers at NRL have been creative problem solvers who were eager to share ideas and collaborate. Many are experts, well-regarded in their fields, with decades of experience and numerous publications.

    Cons

    The Laboratory's divisions are essentially separate fiefdoms, and movement and communication among them can be difficult and time consuming, especially in the area of personnel transfers and manpower allocation across the organization. "Stovepiping" is perhaps the best descriptive term.

    Advice to Management

    NRL needs to become "One Laboratory" with a common workforce dedicated to the mission, rather than a collection of shops each doing their own thing. Divisions should be a home base for going out and working with others rather than keeping researchers neatly separated.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2014-07-25
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