Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Ideal work environment for Design Engineer

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The working environment is very ideal. Design is done in a safe manner, not corners cut. And no design is done in rush. But is also depends on the members in your team. Luckily, I am in a team which is very co-operative and understanding.
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Toxic work environment, corrupt leadership

Very corrupt leadership with contracted management from abroad. Toxic work culture. No real system in place. Old facilities and no chance to advance. Dying organization anyway with old facilities being phased out by the government.


good pay


waste of life
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Good work environment, interesting work.

CNL overall is a good company to work for. I personally enjoy the type of work I do and look forward to growing with the company. The company, like many others, needs to work out a plan to make wages more competitive in the current run-away inflation crisis.


Interesting work, good flexibility and work life balance.


Somewhat low pay for the cost of living in the area.
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Very low morale

Do not work here, toxic culture, low morale. Trades group at the bottom of priority list. Very hard to work there because everyone has been mistreated on several occasions throughout their career there and now most employees are disgruntled .
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Contract software developer

I really enjoyed working with CNL. I was well qualified for the work so had little trouble delivering. One really should know what they’re doing to succeed here. It’s not for remedial learning. What made it stand out was the lack of office politics. Egos were in check and respect was mutual all the way around.


Interesting work, excellent pay, good people


IT infrastructure was a bit weak in places but this challenge was fun.
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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 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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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


Great People


Very Political
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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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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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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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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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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 interpretations ofinterpretations
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Great people at worker level - not so much at senior management

Prior to the company becoming Government Owned, Contractor Operated (GOCO) it was a truly great place to work. Great people, good culture. Since then, the atmosphere has been quite tense, with vast uncertainty about the future. If you are just looking for short term work with good pay, it could be a good fit for you. If you are looking for a career, look elsewhere. And if you decide to work there and are coming in from another area, rent and don't buy a home!
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Evolving work environment

this company has been good to work for but are facing many challenges with the new direction of the company and the federal government. The hardest part of the job is to work through the company processes and procedures to meet all your annual deliverables. The overall culture is very broken because of all the uncertainty and change going on with the new direction of the company.
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great place to work

Like the business environment and culture. Woul definetely recomend this place. Located in a small town, but my family likes Petawawa beaches and parks.


training, professional development


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Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work to great people. Awesome team. Great company. Great Place to Work. Things are changing. A lot of changes are happening new bldg are coming up


Great Place to Work


Things are changing
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Good Place to work at

Good work environment. company is unionized. work and life balance is great. co-workers are very friendly and helpful. great place for those who are new to industry. great place to gain industry experience.
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Professional, Respective and Inovative

Excellent place of employment. Vast culture, ability for career progression and balanced community advocacy and involvement makes coming to work easy. All organizations drive to common goals and transparent corporate operations and alignment.


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good workplace with employee benefits

good workplace diversity in culture friendly collogues employee benefits management good flexible work times highly educated workforce prod history in research
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Good people to work with

The site is in a state of decommissioning, so job security is not as it once was. There are great people there to work with. It has a very strict safety culture. There are team bonding events, BBQs and lunches.


Great people


Slow for work
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Based on 98 reviews

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3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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