Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Good work environment, interesting work.

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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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Your experience will vary widely depending on your position. But overall the work is quite uninspiring. The pace is really slow. The company is full of life-timers who have very deeply entrenched ways of doing things and cannot tolerate newer ways of working. The location is not the best one could hope for. Good if you're used to living in small towns with almost zero options for good food and restaurants and variety of cuisines. You are virtually stuck in a well.
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My experience at CNL was positive and great team environment.

Really enjoyed working at CNL. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for engineering opportunity and great experience.Great training program and professional development opportunities.
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Respected and treated like a valuable member of the team.

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.


Creative freedom.


The odd dinosaur who should retire.
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Non productive

Working in the trades on site is very limited as most of the large jobs are contracted out so trades only get the small tasks to do.A lot of sitting around and waiting for work to start.Micro managed and poor supervision.They are big on safety on site


Good benefit package
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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.


Interesting work, excellent pay, good people


IT infrastructure was a bit weak in places but this challenge was fun.
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Professional workplace with friendly co-workers

Good company to work for to meet new people in the area. Lots of different branches with in the company to venture into to best benefit yourself and the company.
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Looking towards future

There is a variety of work when things are planned right. However as time winds down I will have to look at employment else where and since I live in Pinawa I thought working for our LGD would be a smart decision.
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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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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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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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Interesting and chalenging job

Interesting job with great work colleagues. Move into private management in last 3 years (government owned, contractor operated). Undergoing a major re-organization.


Good salaries and benifits


Much change and re-organization over the last 3 years sinse contractors took over management.
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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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Great workplace with amazing people and corporate culture

Work was great, safe, all personnel friendly, supportive. Felt as a big family that is positive and willing to work hard, teach, learn and play. Company is oriented to research and innovations and supports anyone with their projects and impacts on future


great people, safe, fun


in the middle of the nowhere
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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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Execellent place to work

During my 10 years at CNL, I had the opportunity to experience varying job positions, interfacing with many aspects of the company. This company is very dynamic and energetic and has many exciting times ahead.
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Work/Life Balance

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.


Good Pay, Paid Training, Opportunity to advancing your career
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Worked here for 13 years +. Would go back.

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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Slow going

The job can be very interesting and also very very slow. (as with any government job) If you work here expect a lot of training and some super slow days.
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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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