Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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I liked my work and wasn't stressed. The range of work is great and managers are understanding but the beaurocracy slows work so much that it really hamstrings research.
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Good wage, low stress
Cons
Inefficient
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I love this place. Love it.Perhaps it is because I am a 31 year veteran AND worked for 5 years for a company providing training for the military that I just amazed that supervisors/managers can be respectful and not abusive. The respect I receive is off the charts and the benefits are equally amazing. I simply love love my job of courseware development.
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Creative freedom.
Cons
The odd dinosaur who should retire.
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Good experience for other jobs easy work and lots of available overtime Friendly enviroment + Flexible + Good bosses Great pay , respectful environment
Pros
Great People
Cons
Very Political
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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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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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CNL is contractor ran and over the last few years there seems to be a decline in morale and lack of respect and communication. This has made if difficult to get work done but have been able to attend lots of training.
Pros
Salary is okay
Cons
Contractor Operated
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At cnl you can live cheaply in a beautiful setting but still earn like you live in a city. Perfect place if you enjoy the outdoors and want a career in science and tech
Pros
Interesting work. Pays well. Good benefits
Cons
Can be cliquey. Remote location means you make your own entertainment.
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Always challenges due in part to the diverse types of projects that are taken on. Good people to work with, Need upgrades to Project Control software, and how to use.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
long days
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Working in R&D, if you can handle bureaucracy, procedures and approvals involving multiple personnel, then you will enjoy working here. There doesn't seem to be a clear mission right now due to the shift from a public to a private corporation. There is an attempt to provide a goals and meet milestones, but most of that work is being performed by contractors and temporary workers. Most upper managers have not had any personal experience in working in the private sector and are having a hard time trying to adjust and provide work and funding for most of their employees. It makes for long days when you can't find any work to be done.
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Good Pay and Benefits, Flexible work schedule
Cons
Secure faculty and unknown future
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Interesting job with great work colleagues. Move into private management in last 3 years (government owned, contractor operated). Undergoing a major re-organization.
Pros
Good salaries and benifits
Cons
Much change and re-organization over the last 3 years sinse contractors took over management.
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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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CNL lets you easily enjoy a work and home life balance, you are usually home every night and you get paid well enough that you feel okay to leave and not have to work extra hours.
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Good Pay, Paid Training, Opportunity to advancing your career
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Great opportunity for training and advancement. Has benefits and pension package. Commute was a little tiresome (45 min) each way. All types of employment offered on the R&D campus (days, shift) technical, non-technical etc.
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Long waits in traffic to arrive in mornings, lots of parking but far walk to offices. Necessary security processes make it difficult for break time to get to food accessibility. Remote location require travel to work with no transit options for the local area. Overall great place to work if you are willing to do the drive and walks, benefits are incredible as well as the salaries. Atmosphere is good but some uncertainty for the future of the company however promises for a growing organization.
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CNL is a great place to work but definitely needs to work on management. The people there love to work but management is holding them back. Morale would be better if upper management focused more on their employees than their annual bonuses.
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Salary, benefits
Cons
Poor Management
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Typical government atmosphere with typical incompetent leadership. This was kosher when it was run by the government. But the place has been "privatized" in 2015 and all that did was add another layer of incompetent leaders from down south. These new leaders seem to have come here for a taxpayer paid fishing vacation. And there is obvious conflicts of interest, with who is married to who and by all the buddy buddy amongst upper management. When WL was run by the government, it was an OK place to work and collect a pension. The results of privatization is now an even more bloated incompetent leadership team trying to make things more efficient by spewing out more hot air. Everyone here knows that they will lose their job in the next 8 years but are not being told when they will be let go and with no incentive to stay. New hires have been let go after a few months of working here due to restructuring, not a good environment to be in. Combine this with management's incompetence just avoid avoid avoid.
Pros
pay is good, good pension before it's gone in September of 2018, good benefits, some good people
Cons
incompetent management
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In my current role I have developed a five-day onboarding program for new employees. I am responsible for coordinating/facilitating their onboarding on a bi-weekly basis. As part of the onboarding I also facilitate a one-hour presentation on HR services, forms and entitlement/compensation. I have also conducted a Training Validation report to ensure the program increases employee engagement and retention. I am also the facilitator for Conflict Resolution training and Communication Basics Training. This position requires a large degree of responsibility, organization, and social agility. The encumberment must be confident, knowledgeable about all aspects of the company, comfortable communicating with all levels of the organization and being the "face" of the company.
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Flexibility, Socially Satisfying, Face-Paced
Cons
Lack of people resources causing strain on the department
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