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Good people and pension

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The people we work with are great and the pension plan is too. The job itself is ok. Overall good experience and I would recommend it to other people.
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I enjoy the job, people are friendly and helpful and when I go into the office, it is modern, clean surroundings with decent IT. Get to know people, talk to them and ask questions. ProsGood salaryGood holidayApproachable directors and executive ConsDifficult to get promoted
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Interesting work, Poor Culture

The work at NNL is varied and interesting, with some of the work being genuinely pioneering. However, in my experience, the main 'con' with working at NNL is the pockets of poor culture they allow to exist.
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Poor culture

The staff are miserable and unhelpful. You are expected to know things you couldn’t possibly know as someone new to the business. No one is willing to help. Everyone keeps their distance. Looking for something else already
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Good place to work

Great company to work for. They promoted and delivered excellent work life balance. The support from management was second to none. There was collaboration cross functionally and within teams which was refreshing and engaging.
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Lovely place to work, enthusiastic like minded colleagues.

Lovely place to work, enthusiastic like minded colleagues. Secure jobs, flexible working, nice people. Good work culture and good resources to carry out work successfully.
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Challenging but ultimately rewarding working environment

NNL has a very welcoming environment for its new starters, the work done by NNL is very interesting and provides lots of opportunity for development for young people looking to make a strong start in any future career. Every team i have been involved with have the best interests of their own team members and support them as best as possible.
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good place to work

Good team to work with and a good relationship with the operations team. the project teams were covering many different aspects of general engineering along with nuclear safety.
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Worst Place to Work

The culture is very bad and a lot of politics and if you can not play along office politics you are out of the door. I left as I was not comfortable with the office politics and the culture. The management and the Project Management Authority are worst. A lot of people have left and will continue leaving and management seems not to bother to look into the reasons people are leaving. Worst place to work.


Not a good company


Poor managment, bad culture and bullying by PMA
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Highly pressurised

Generally okay place to work. Diversity was shocking. I try not to think of it as a reason for my redundancy.Sadly experienced some snobbish people. Generally didn't find my time there comfortable. Politics at senior level affected projects and thus contract lengths were reduced. My short interaction with the CEO was pleasant which was a saving grace. Would I work there again? I'm not so sure.
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Not a good place to work

Wasn't the best company I have worked for. producing a form to write a form. frustrating to be able to get any work done. The culture was poor. got told on a number occasions I was a square peg trying to fit in to a round hole . Wow


Gained experience in that indusrty


Bad management exerperience
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Great People, BUT!

lots of great people at NNL sadly the current culture feels quite abrasive and lots of people are looking to leave. The physical working environment isn't great - office can be noisy Office looks tired and lack of meeting spaces
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I was laid off as a apprentice, don't trust this company if it's still going. If you are particularly good at your field of work then this could be a amazing job.
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Really interesting science

I really enjoyed the technical aspect of my work and most of my work was technical. I had a great time with the team in Reactor Analysis The company is really good. Good T&Cs. I got five days honeymoon leave - no one does that! Good progression and opportunity to become chartered with the Institute of Physics. I understand that other institutes are just as accessible.


Not allowed to bring work home (for some projects)
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Work experience

My time at NNL was part of my school business course. I had to complete one day a week in the finance department. I enjoyed my time there and worked with some lovely people.
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Suporting colleagues

Supporting colleagues with day to day and longer term support for ERP system and all aspects of IT including hardware and software, liaising with external support providers where necessary. Administrating all a team requirements including meeting and travel arrangements.


good work/life balance


upper management not listening
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Decent Place to Work

Over two spells at this company spanning 15 years, I have been able to develop a range of skills, roles and knowledge of project support and management roles alongside a strong understanding of customer relations and commercial aspects. The culture at the workplace is good and I have been able to make many good working relationships and friends over the years. However, there can be a lack of understanding of how much effort and time is required to deliver requirements of a role and provide the support to achieve this. Overall though I have appreciated and enjoyed my time there to date.
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Interesting times for Nuclear Industry

As the chinese proverb states beware of interesting times. The government will need to make its decision soon on nuclear power for the UK and this will affect the NNL


Lovely place to work in the summer


Horrible and cold in the winter
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Work Placement

This was a work placement so would be unfair to give a review on whether it is a good or bad place to be employed, but I enjoyed my short time there.
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Productive, Professional

Professional company working to high standards, providing a good working environment for staff. Great scope for personal development within the industry/company.
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Professional, enjoyable workplace

Professional, enjoyable workplace. Working hand in hand with Sellafield Ltd.
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Based on 22 reviews

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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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