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US Naval Research Laboratory Reviews

Updated 17 Jul 2019

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  1. "Great place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at US Naval Research Laboratory

      Pros

      Great benefits, great people to work with

      Cons

      Metro is inconvenient, car is a must have

      US Naval Research Laboratory2016-07-13
    • "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
    • "Senior Aerospace Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Washington, DC
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      Positive Outlook

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

      Pros

      #1 - autonomy. NRL accepts long-term research project proposals from its employees. The process of getting funding is very rigorous and will weed out bad ideas (and good ones that are not well presented). If successful, you can lead a project with ~$500K/year funding for several years to explore an important new area. #2 - Other NRL employees. Most people at NRL are extremely intelligent, accomplished, well educated...

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      Cons

      #1 - The long and time-consuming list of management approvals required for travel, procurements, and publications can make it difficult to accomplish anything efficiently. #2 - Pay is limited - not bad for a researcher but considerably less than one can make in the private sector. #3 - if you don't keep management informed of what you're doing, you can be forgotten. Definite lack of rigor in understanding the contributions...

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      Advice to Management

      Try to address "cons" listed above; keep up the good work on "pro" areas. What else can I say?

      US Naval Research Laboratory2016-04-27
    • "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
    • "Postdoctoral Chemist"

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      Current Employee - NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in Washington, DC
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      Neutral Outlook

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

      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.

      US Naval Research Laboratory2016-02-11
    • "Great research, low pay for a PhD, slow work environment"

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      Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Washington, DC
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      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Not only does groundbreaking research happen at NRL but it also gets transitioned to real-world systems. You can be a part of the entire cycle from basic to applied research and then eventually to transition. The work-life balance is amazing and it's a very low-stress environment.

      Cons

      The pay for a PhD in an equivalent field (for me) is almost twice as much in the private sector. Upward mobility is nearly non-existant. Things often move at an extremely slow pace.

      Advice to Management

      streamline the acquisition of materials & support, facilitate leadership development, promote from within, and offer better base pay.

      US Naval Research Laboratory2016-01-24
    • "Electronics Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Washington, DC
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      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory

      Pros

      In general you get to work with cutting technology with all the test equipment you could possibly want. Very stable position, with friendly and very smart coworkers.

      Cons

      Because this is a research institution the focus for pay reviews is research focused (papers, conferences ,etc). As a software developer this makes it hard to look like you are contributing and thus hard to move up. Also working for the government can feel like you are working with both arms tied.

      Advice to Management

      Create a different tract for non research employees.

      US Naval Research Laboratory2016-01-15
    • "Research focused place"

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      Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
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      I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Ability to work on high risk research. Has great equipment and provides opportunity to publish. A lot of great resources to do research with a diverse field of talented people.

      Cons

      Funding structure is rigid. Stove piping is common, and ability to achieve funds for research is parochial and turf wars make things difficult for open collaboration.

      US Naval Research Laboratory2016-01-25
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      "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
    • Helpful (3)

      "Management lacks leadership and clarity"

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      Current Employee - Materials Scientist in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Great equipment, talented people if willing to work with you, good grad school program if management is on board for x years,

      Cons

      Old boys club with many decisions made behind doors, new ideas not welcome, condescending scientists to younger PhDs or non-PhDs

      Advice to Management

      Care for the people and give opportunities for people to grow. Have realistic expectations. Take leadership training and embrace it.

      US Naval Research Laboratory2016-01-09
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