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  1. "Great research institution"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have a premier research environment.

    Cons

    There is too much security screening

    US Naval Research Laboratory2017-06-29
  2. "Great Post Doc Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - NRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook

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

    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.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2016-04-09
  3. "Post-Doc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place for connections and a lot of very smart, knowledgeable personnel; a good place to start a career in scientific research.

    Cons

    Depending upon your division, the facilities may be out-dated. Purchasing is a problem; it takes a long-time for orders to be fulfilled.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the procurement process; update old laboratory space.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2016-02-16
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible advising for postdocs"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
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    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good facilities for some fields (nanotechnology). Great pay for postdocs, when compared to universities.

    Cons

    Terrible facilities for other fields (combustion). I keep asking for an exhaust system to be installed so I wouldn’t poison myself, but nothing ever happened. It’s very clear that the decision makers don’t care about employee morale, otherwise the facilities wouldn’t be so old, and things like bike racks wouldn’t be so difficult to come by. Advising can be a real crapshoot. Federal employees have to take on postdocs...

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    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is an accomplished researcher does not mean they can manage other researchers. Don’t rush to promote to fill vacancies, make sure you’re promoting the right person for the job. Also, treat postdocs a little better. Set some real leave and expected work hours policies instead of leaving it up to the advisors, they don’t know what they’re doing. Provide some incentive for taking public transit for...

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    US Naval Research Laboratory2016-02-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory

    Pros

    Great opportunities and exciting research.

    Cons

    Soft money and very directed research.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2012-04-29
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