Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
3.6 out of 5 stars.
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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
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Good benefit package
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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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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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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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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 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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I was able to do some interesting work as a student at CNL. Learned a lot about cool science things. Was unfortunate to be there while a "workforce adjustment" took place, with 150 people losing their jobs. But as a student I was safe and was able to have an enjoyable experience.
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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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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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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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to many employees for the amount of work, a 2 man crew will have 5 or more bosses, your told where to walk, where to sit, where to eat, where to work, how to work, what to wear, if anything goes wrong all the bosses involved will blame you, unbearable boredem
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money
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location
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Unfortunately, my experience has been an overall negative one. I was hired along with another person for a 1-year term to be part of an overall CNL growth plan at the time. However ironically after only nine (9) months into our contracts, my coworker and I were both called in and told that due to budget cuts our positions at CNL would not be renewed. CNL is a great place to work, and I believe they offer a lot of interesting jobs and opportunities, In my case, however, I believe budget cuts hijacked our department growth plans and have negated the reasons why we were first hired. Definitely, in my opinion, this has been a step backwards for the CNL department I worked.in. They will now have to revert back to their previous staffing arrangments. and roles, and face the same challenges that were there when we were first hired. Very disappointing!
Pros
Good work, and good people.
Cons
Job security, CNL finanacial concerns
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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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Every department is trying to justify there existence to new GOCO personnel; bring with it lots of barriers to getting work done. Bad management behaving how they want without being held accounteable. not much scientific innovation going on more focus on decommissioning the site.
Pros
Lots of holidays
Cons
Many
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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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Like the business environment and culture. Woul definetely recomend this place. Located in a small town, but my family likes Petawawa beaches and parks.
Pros
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
Pros
Great Place to Work
Cons
Things are changing
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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 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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