Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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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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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.
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Interesting work, excellent pay, good people
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IT infrastructure was a bit weak in places but this challenge was fun.
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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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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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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 - more...
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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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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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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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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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Like the business environment and culture. Woul definetely recomend this place. Located in a small town, but my family likes Petawawa beaches and parks.
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training, professional development
Cons
restructurization
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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
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Great Place to Work
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Things are changing
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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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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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location
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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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The group that i specifically work with is amazing however there is a less than desirable culture in the area. This could be the result of the area where the company is located.
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Each department's culture is entirely different; they are all more or less separate of each other. I enjoyed working for the Business Development department; it was very relaxed, and we were able to interact with each of the departments and have a wide variety of projects to complete.
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fun work retreats and job perks
Cons
commute is horrible
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It is a nuclear facility. Work environment, approach is somewhat different than other industries. Safe work practices. corporative to some extent. Achieving desired results are the most enjoyable part of the job.
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Many interesting researchers working on innovations that boggle the mind. Excellent safety culture and program leaders.
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Very well organized reputed company. Work environment is very Good. Nice people, but very from from city. I loved working here.
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beautiful place
Cons
no mans land kindda place, harsh weather
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A science and technology self supporting operations of nuclear research reactor and site; construction and commissioning, decommissioning, and waste management. Strong manufacturing group that can create just about anything. Labs with technicians and researchers dedicated to their craft. Caring for the environment. Above and beyond expectations how all groups from engineering to records management work to achieve results.
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Supportive coworkers.
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