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World Class facility
CNL is a great place to work. A lot of teamwork and a great research laboratory. There are a variety of avenues that can be explored at Canadian Nuclear Laboratory.
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Stay away
Stressful, toxic culture. Leadership is clueless, have no accountability, with rampant nepotism. Project is perpetually late and missing deadlines with new leaders, project will likely be taken away from CNL in near future, leaving many out of work.
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Great working environment
Flexible working environment and cooperative employees. The company provides a lot of learning opportunities to enhance your interpersonal, technical skills.
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Learning experience
Spent over seven years with this organization. The last three years, several organizational/management/staffing changes. I have simply decided to step away from the nuclear industry.
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Great Place to work and people to work with
People are great and Work atmosphere is superb. Top dollars paid.
Quiet town and good Nature around. Work @ cottage kind of setting.
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Not happy with how I was wrongfully dismissed and not offered another position.
It was very clicky up there and I felt very in the way and dumb. Was to be a one year term and I was let go at 6 months as the person off came back early.
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Great Place to work
Good experience for other jobs easy work and lots of available overtime
Friendly enviroment + Flexible + Good bosses

Great pay , respectful environment
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Great People
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Very Political
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A lot to learn from
Being a first year student, I didn't have a lot of prior work experience. The engineers there were very lenient and put me up to speed and gave me a lot of tasks to learn with.
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There is a deteriorating culture and lack of trust at CNL
The company is seriously mismanaged and experiencing financial struggles that are affecting productivity, the culture and job security.
Management is very secretive about true long term goals and the true plan is not disclosed to current employees.


The company is working very hard to downsize employees. There has been recent large scale layoffs with rumblings of more to come in the very near future.


I do NOT recommend with the current state of affairs with CNL.
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Best company for people who seeking retirement soon
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Pinawa is the best working plant for people who seeking the retirement shortly. Or old age people. Because there are nothing much to do there. Most of the buildings are gone. Process are stopped. No maintenance , Boiler equipments. It’s a nuclear company but no documentation. No support from engineers because they don’t have enough knowledge.All experience people are gone.
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lacking ethics, leadership
Wide range of work environments, as organization is very compartmentalized. Lots of corporate noise about ethics, transformation, safety and respect. Actual behaviour does not align with messaging.
The site operating company exists to milk as much from their 10 year contract as they can, and don't seem to have any qualms about misrepresenting the success of their projects and initiatives.

The key to a advancement is being willing to repeat any corporate spin without shame. "High Performing Organization" means layoffs. "Environmental Remediation" means creating rubble piles by tearing down buildings. "Safety Culture" means lots of paperwork and no ownership. I could go on.

If you are a performer, be prepared to be obstructed at every turn. The place is still a bureaucracy.

How you are treated will depend on who you work for. Some groups have managers that should never be put in charge of people. Bullies. Others have genuinely good people and competent leaders in charge. Management direction is schizophrenic as there seems to be a revolving door at the director level. The more junior you are, and the less you know, the better this place gets.

Good pay for the area, adequate benefits, untested pension plans (cut off from government pension plans in 2018).

If you have to take medical time off, be prepared for daily calls and demands to return to work from Morneau Shepell agents. They have a contract to harass employees back to work.

DO NOT recommend for positions with IT, Supply Chain, Project Management, Health and Safety, Trades, Environmental Sciences. Most of the
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Challenging, highly regulated environment
Conflicting priorities inherent of the environment sometimes made work challenging. Process driven challenges and change management resistance was evident on a daily basis.
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Co-workers are amazing, the area is beautiful. Management was beyond terrible.
I enjoy working here but there is no job security and layoffs have already begun. Often it is impossible to advance due to abundance of unions and over regulation.
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unique workplace
has a relaxed culture as it is government, it was an internship so pay was slightly above average but the type of work you get to work on is super interesting.
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Old fashioned man's club
Old fashioned trades atmosphere that favors men, non-questioning and nepotism. Only women that succeed are those willing to throw their fellow females under the bus.
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Rare opportunjty
These positions doesn't come often but once reached you are in good hands. They care about you which in return you care as much and your work is valued, appreciated and the Culture was best experience in the world. Financially secure and stability.
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Nice place to work.
Nice place to work enjoyed being employed with the company.
Great opportunity for those that want to learn and have the ability to manage fast paced workloads.
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Great place to work
Lots of opportunities to learn but in transition to private ownership now so somewhat unstable job security. Great people and relaxed atmosphere. Very modern equipment and well maintained.
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Cesspool
There is an unhealthy culture of friends and relatives with attitudes from a century ago. Somehow time has created a male dominated culture where even the women behave like crusty sailors. Be prepared for foul language, nepotism and management with no integrity. Free condoms handed out in health centre make their way to the many secluded buildings on site and displays of public affection common





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Challenging work in an interesting field
CNL is a great place to work. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The environment inside and outside is peaceful and refreshing and the location is beautiful on the banks of the Ottawa river.

CNL is a growing company that was previously a crown corporation. After privatizing about five years ago, many transformations are occurring including new infrastructure, more commercial focus and strategic focus on exciting new technologies that solve challenges in energy, the environment, security and health including nuclear medicine and the effects of low dose radiation. CNL's focus on the future is evident in their work in clean energy solutions such as hydrogen technologies and research in areas like cyber security and machine learning.


The benefits are great. There is a lot of room to growth. Science is fun and the world is investing into it. A nice place to be.
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Negative place to work
Negative work environment. Senior management doesn't seem to know what they are doing as the focus of the organization changes monthly. Pays well but not worth the poor leadership and working with disgruntled employees.
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