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Old 01-24-2007, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Paula Lynn View Post
Thanks for your replies. She'll be in the desert part of INL. Have a question, what is so horrible about working for government contractors? This will be her first government job.
Uh, where do I start?

If you plan on actually trying to do your job and put in a full day's work - it ain't gonna happen. The number one job at INL is compliance. Compliance with DOE rules and regulations (which multiply mindlessly and exponentially each year), compliance with ambiguous schedules, which mean nothing except to the pencil pushers, and compliance with the good ol' boy club's way of doing business, namely micro-managing every facet of every operation. Nearly all upper management consists of ex-Navy officers. I have nothing against the Navy but when you get too many of those types in once place, NOTHING gets done very well, if at all. They haven't quite figured out that a civilian operation, especially a heavy research and development environment, cannot be operated efficiently like a military operation. Yet they insist on doing just that. With each contractor change the place gets worse and worse. Efficiency and common sense are not in their vocabulary. Employees are treated like untrustworthy children. I can't believe they actually accomplish anything given the conditions out there but they seem to.

And they are continually cutting benefits and pay for new hires. Anyone hiring on after 2005 is basically getting shafted compared to the older employees. But it still beats anything else in eastern Idaho. If you have to live here the INL is about the only place to make a living wage if you don't own your own business.

Summary: Low employee morale, long commutes, military mentality, zero job security, ugly desert environment, miserable weather. But hey Idaho Falls has an Olive Garden in town now so life isn't all bad!
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