US Naval Research Laboratory NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Cutting edge research

    Mar 28, 2022 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Supportive environment for postdocs, but experiences may vary widely depending on which section you are in.

    Cons

    The quality of the infrastructure is a ongoing problem, but it seems like addressing the issues is important to management.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Contractor

    Interesting work

    Feb 9, 2021 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate 
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    Pros

    Mission driven research that always has interesting research topics

    Cons

    Only 3 locations to work at

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Some comments:

    Nov 4, 2020 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Great location, great pay and benefit, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Future opportunities are limitted for foreign nationals.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Nice Work environment

    Nov 5, 2019 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate 
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    Pros

    Great chance to collaborate with best modelers and analysts

    Cons

    Sort of process for example, things to approve, is too slow.

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to work if there is funding

    Sep 25, 2019 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Work life balance, competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Facilities, never ending search for funding

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  6. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Great People, Underfunded, Facilities are falling into disrepair

    Jan 23, 2019 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Broomfield, CO
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    Pros

    Working at NRL allows you to work on excellent research projects with a quality team of people

    Cons

    1) Government bureaucracy! 2) Facilities are falling apart. Some of the buildings need to be demolished, but they're standing due to some federal rules. Almost every roof is leaking. 3) Stinky neighbors! Sometime the smell of blue plains (DC's biggest water treatment plant) wafts over to us.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Fantastic scientists to work around hindered by dated infrastructure and red tape

    Oct 31, 2018 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate 
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    Pros

    Great team, everybody around me has a PhD (disclaimer: will depend on your division/branch of research), good availability of resources to conduct research, great compensation (highest I've seen for a postdoc outside of industry), flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Poor infrastructure, slow building and renovation work which often delays projects, typical bureaucratic red tape (not any worse than any other gov't organization), little to no real "food options" on site, anti-social colleagues (not necessarily a con for some people), lack of good public transportation from in or out of DC

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  8. 5.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Great Post Doc Opportunity

    Apr 9, 2016 - NRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Lots of excellent equipment and instruments, knowledgeable co-workers, friendly environment. Opens doors to other government jobs: DoE, DoD, DARPA, DTRA, etc.

    Cons

    Security clearance and IT staff can make it difficult to get up and running quickly (but it's understandable). Difficult to install any foreign software - must have IT approval. Sometimes there isn't any substitute for these types of programs and can slow down progress.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Postdoctoral Chemist

    Feb 10, 2016 - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    The research projects are exciting and typically well funded. There is nearly unfettered access to excellent instrumentation for any materials science research you may wish to perform. Colleagues researchers are knowledgeable and helpful.

    Cons

    Government work can be difficult to adjust to coming from academia, specifically the mechanisms by which instruments and research supplies are ordered and delivered to the laboratory.

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