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Fortune Magazine picks PNNL as great employer for college grads

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May 15, 2007 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is recognized on a list of 20 great employers for new college graduates. The list, published today, was commissioned by Fortune Magazine and conducted by Experience Inc., an online career advisor that serves as a link between university career centers and companies looking to hire new graduates.

The list of 20 companies recognizes outstanding organizations for unique benefits, culture and opportunities for growth. The 20 companies profiled are designed to give the latest crop of entry-level candidates examples of the types of great jobs and perks they can aspire to according to a posting on, the internet home of Fortune.

PNNL’s profile reads as follows: "What makes it so great? So you just earned a science degree but don't want to apply for grad school? Try the post-BS program at this federally owned research laboratory operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy. Or you could go directly to work: Recent grads with a bachelor's degree in physics, nuclear engineering, or chemistry are considered for entry-level science and engineer positions with starting salaries in the neighborhood of $45,000. The interview process includes participation in a technical seminar. Flexible work schedules are offered and there's no cap on tuition reimbursement."

“This is an external and important validation of what we tell people during the recruiting process,” said Kevin Burbank, PNNL college recruiter “With the shortage of students graduating with degrees in the sciences and engineering , this recognition of the laboratory as a great employer for recent college graduates will be very valuable to our recruiting program.”

To be considered for this list, employers were asked about salary, training programs, promotion opportunities, mentoring, competitiveness, vacation time, work-life balance, diversity, and other issues key to new grads. After Fortune and Experience reviewed their answers, we selected 20 employers that represented a range of impressive perks new grads can hope to find in their first jobs - ranging from generous salaries to workplace flexibility, from enviable benefits to serious growth opportunities.

This latest honor follows PNNL’s 2005 Training Top 100 Award from Training Magazine for outstanding employee training and a 2006 ranking as No.2 on Washington CEO Magazine’s list of Top 50 High Tech Firms in Washington.

Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, Chemistry

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