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Pros
  • "Working at NRL allows you to work on excellent research projects with a quality team of people(in 14 reviews)

  • "there is a great work-life balance(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "With all the good said, I have to focus on the fact that I don't find the NRL to be family friendly at all(in 16 reviews)

  • "Somewhat bureaucratic, lots of red tape but that's expected(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "good job"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Naval Research Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the scientific projects are exceptional. there is a great work-life balance

    Cons

    the facilities are in poor shape and govt restrictions hamper morale

    Advice to Management

    invest in infrastructure

    US Naval Research Laboratory2019-01-29
  2. "Great work/life balance and research opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, good community of people and work culture. Fairly good reputation in certain fields. Postdoc positions often lead to staff offers.

    Cons

    Since postdoc positions at NRL are so cheap, they try and keep you a postdoc for as long as possible. Staff position pay after conversion is significantly under industry but benefits and security offset some of this.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to convert postdocs to staff, or you will continue to get your talent poached by industry.

    US Naval Research Laboratory2018-04-27
  3. "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
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    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Monterey, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative Great work-life balance (compared to academia) Opportunity to do innovative, cutting-edge interesting research Great facilities

    Cons

    It is not a good time to be employed by the people of the U.S. (a government employee) This is a corporate lab, with a focus on delivering results

    Advice to Management

    Develop programs that will support fast growth of young researchers (critical as the older generation retires)

    US Naval Research Laboratory2014-03-01
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