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US Naval Research Laboratory Research Chemist Reviews

Updated 14 Apr 2014

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  1. "Wonderful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The experience was incredible. I was introduced to an array of topics ranging from firefighting foams to cone calorimetry data. My supervisors were more than willing to sit down and discuss my findings and gave me advice as to how I could better my results. Fellow interns were genuinely interested in my research and would offer suggestions regarding my experiments. As an intern, the salary was substantial.

    Cons

    Some of the work became repetitive and slightly boring, but that stems from the fact that I had 10 weeks to complete a project and was able to finish my work before that time period, so I was tasked with repeating my experiments.

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    US Naval Research Laboratory2014-04-14
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    "Antiquated"

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    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Washington, DC
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    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A great place to get started. Good funding for equipment

    Cons

    Buildings are falling apart. Funding is very hard to get. Management is painfully out of date. For a "cutting edge" institution their greatest successes were in the 70s and 80s so the out look is grim.

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    US Naval Research Laboratory2013-07-12
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    "Good coworkers a terrible structure"

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    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Washington, DC
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    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many of the people are really great. The reputation helps you get recognition Historically it was a great lab

    Cons

    Most leadership is painfully out of date in their field and don't realize it You have to raise funding from your first day and making research secondary. Most funding agencies won't fund NRL so opportunities are very limited. Management is dishonest so they will shuffle your funds around to under funded departments It's a very top heavy organization and most out the management is a waste of space Top management never turns over so the scientific outlook is stuck in the 80s

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    US Naval Research Laboratory2012-12-30
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    "A great research environment with some big downsides"

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    Current Employee - Research Chemist in Washington, DC
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -Superb benefits -Reasonable work hours -Lots of cutting-edge work performed in-house -Lots of opportunity for scientists to pursue ideas

    Cons

    -No mission funding, so selling yourself and your work to funding agencies is a critical job function -Inadequate mentoring and guidance on how to get funding -Mediocre salaries and hard salary caps -Facilities and support functions (HR, computer networks, purchasing, etc.) that range from mediocre to abysmal -Bureaucracy (it is a government job, after all) -Very little (voluntary) lateral mobility, so it's easy to get permanently trapped under a bad manager

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    US Naval Research Laboratory2012-10-31
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