US Naval Research Laboratory Employee Reviews about "treatment plant"

Updated Aug 12, 2021

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  • "Working at the NRL has been excellent in many respects, especially as an intern(in 19 reviews)

  • "The work life balance is excellent(in 17 reviews)

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  • "One of the worst parts of working at NRL is the infrastructure(in 19 reviews)

  • "Is next to a sewage treatment plant(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good place

      Aug 12, 2021 - Research Physicist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Federal Gov Benefits Plenty of Academic Freedom

      Cons

      Working for Fed Govt Red Tape Is next to a sewage treatment plant

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Apr 23, 2021 - Astrophysicist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Friendly atmosphere and good people

      Cons

      Location is not great and it smells due to the water treatment plant next door.

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    3. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Awesome Place to Work

      Feb 25, 2021 - Student Intern 
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      Pros

      - Great internship experience - Fun - Enjoyable

      Cons

      There is a water treatment plant close by that smells really bad

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Not for the faint of heart

      Mar 7, 2021 - Research Scientist 
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      Pros

      - Employees are paid well for non-private-sector scientists - Washington DC is a nice place to live - Has potential as a springboard to other jobs in the government

      Cons

      - Facilities are so poor they border on dangerous. There are insects everywhere, all of the buildings are dirty and old, power outages are common, temperature control is non-existent, and even drinking water is lacking (which is somewhat ironic, considering the next item in this list) - Campus smells terrible because it is next to the local water treatment plant - Administrative processes are convoluted and endlessly frustrating (e.g. it takes months to obtain orders, which makes doing good science virtually impossible, and the budgeting process is so opaque and aggravating that at best it is simply a joke among personnel and at worst has driven staff to psychological crises) - The worst aspect of the job is that the funding situation that scientists are placed in is untenable. One is expected to obtain grants that cover 100% of their salary along with an additional 125% + overhead. This would be absurd in nearly any situation, but the NRL manages to make it worse: its scientists are barred from obtaining grants from any traditional funding agency (NIH, NSF). What happens in practice is that people often get funded by knowing program managers in other agencies in the Department of Defense who are in charge of laughable amounts of money and send that money to friends at the NRL that write "grant applications," written in quotations here because they are only that in name only. The result is a classic old boys club setup where people with no connections are at the complete mercy of their supervisors to get paid, kept in the dark about it, and constantly worried about their job status. The most stressful place I could ever conceive of working in and it very nearly drove me out of science.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Awesome coworkers but boss is another story

      Oct 15, 2020 - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Camaraderie from scientists and coworkers

      Cons

      Offensive odor from water treatment plant; Lack of necessary training to succeed

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Love this place!

      Sep 23, 2020 - Research Scientist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great people (managers and co-workers), fascinating projects, latitude to start working new projects based on interests.

      Cons

      Right next door to the D.C. sewage treatment plant. The buildings are pretty old.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great research opportunities

      Apr 18, 2019 - Research Physicist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Freedom to pursue areas of interest and the opportunity to take advantage of internal funding as well as ties to other DOD funding agencies. Cooperation among different research groups is usually encouraged. For the most part, the employment is stable and cut throat competition is not the norm. The support personnel are helpful and hard working and realize that their primary goal is to enable and support the scientific research.

      Cons

      Although better than most DOD labs, there are still many counterproductive rules - computer security is increasingly intruding into ability to carry out research. There is subtle agism and favoritism in some advancement decisions - group managers are powerless to provide financial incentives. Since all promotions are tied to levels of management, one is stuck with the very poor personnel skills one would expect from manager-scientists with no management training. Quality of life is mediocre. Nice view of the Potomac River plus the odiferous reminder of the Blue Plains sewer treatment plant next door. A once active health club is barely maintained and underutilized. Food service is mediocre and not health promoting - Subway and a cafeteria. Thankfully food trucks are now allowed. Under the FERS retirement system one is at the mercy of the stock market and government contributions are not as attractive as company 401K's

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    8. 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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    9. 5.0
      Former Intern

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      Jan 24, 2018 - SEAP in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great co-workers, relaxed environment, free ice cream in the summer

      Cons

      A lot of the buildings are old and need a makeover. NRL in DC is right by the sewage treatment plant, so some days it smells when you are outside. Other than those small things, there aren't any cons.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Intern

      Software Engineering Research Intern at NRL

      Jul 31, 2016 - Software Engineer Research in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      The people you work with are very nice and smart. The work hours are flexible. You can come in as late as 11am as long as you put in 8 hours. This is a good place to get research experience outside of your university. You get to work with full time researchers who do nothing but research 8 hours a day 40 hours a week. I didn't get any publications out of it as I only worked for 3 months, but I do know people who interned there longer and were able to get publications from it. This was also helpful experience to get me into a phd program (as I was a master's student). My supervisor gave me a good letter of rec. This also helped me get an NSF Fellowship. The reviewers even mentioned it as impressive in their comments. Another intern I worked with during the same summer also received an NSF Fellowship the same time as me. It is a very good place to work.

      Cons

      No one worked there who knew the code base that I needed to work in, and there was no documentation. They did give me time to learn it before programming new features into it. My supervisor and other researchers there did not do any of their own programming so they couldn't help on programming questions or anything like that. Luckily, I was good enough in Java to not need any help. There was a C++ backend, and luckily they did not ask me to modify that. The NRL campus is not an easy place to get to by public transportation. It's off a highway near Bowlings Air Force Base. And sometimes the air smells terrible as it is up wind from a water treatment plant.

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