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Updated 19 Jan 2019

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  1. "High skilled place of work"

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    Former Employee - Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Washington, DC
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    I worked at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good, steady good with lots of interesting, cutting edge research happened on the base. Comptuers and networks are always kept up to date

    Cons

    With many gov work, pace can be slow and there are pockets of busy and boring months when nothing much happens.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees engaged more often and find new and different ways to spice up the job when things get slow.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2019-01-20
  2. "Great place to intern through NREIP program, very helpful supervisors (Computer Science)"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Summer in Washington, DC
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    I worked at US Naval Research Laboratory for more than a year

    Pros

    - When I was there, schedule was pretty flexible. - Transit access - There were a few events/BBQs over the summer that were pretty good - The summer I went they would let you on base for 4th of July fireworks right along the river, which is a cool view. - The mentor I had was really supportive and helpful - NRL takes a lot of NREIP interns so there will probably be other interns to chill with - You may end up getting...

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    Cons

    - Pay for 1st year interns as of 2017 may not be competitive, especially if you're paying for housing too. Returning intern and graduate student pay is pretty good though. - Some projects are more interesting than others - Some projects require security clearance (and therefore US Citizenship) in order to work on them, most at NRL were unclassified though. - You're a contractor which means you have to pay self-employment...

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    Advice to Management

    - Increase availability to metro - I still think NREIP stipends can be pretty low. - Make sure that all projects mentors have are substantial enough for someone to spend a summer working on.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2017-11-18
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    "Software Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility in what you are allowed to do if you have the initiative. I saw various problems that needed to be fixed / improved in my organization and I did it. No BS. The improvements made has improved the quality of life for my development team. Management is supportive of career development. I've never been denied training etc. due to schedule or budget pressure. We try to get on-site training for new tools...

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    Cons

    Well the lab is part of the federal government and with that comes a lot of baggage. The purchasing department is insane. It takes 6 - 8 months for something ordered to come in and that is after you fill out all kinds of paperwork. While NRL is a large organization each team / project is run like an individual business unit. Which means that each team / project has to develop its own support structure. So that...

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    Advice to Management

    Provide more support to development teams. Have the lab overall purchase software licenses, equipment and then individual teams can "rent" them or something from the lab. This solves a few problems, purchasing is ungodly slow, if there is a short 12 month project and it takes 8 months to get the equipment that I need to perform on it that is terrible. If the lab owned the equipment then teams can just borrow / rent...

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    US Naval Research Laboratory2015-08-20
  4. "Provided me with an amazing opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Great flexibility in hours I was treated as an employee, not an intern.

    Cons

    Working for a government agency has it's inherit challenges

    Advice to Management

    More training and seminars.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2014-10-10
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