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Why choose ORAU?

ORAU's commitment to its employees is reflected in the organization’s mission and guiding principles

ORAU Employees

Why choose ORAU? In addition to being recognized by various publications as a best employer, we believe the foundation of a successful organization is an investment in recruiting and retaining the best qualified and most talented employees.

In recent years, ORAU has been recognized as a top employer in Knoxville, the state of Tennessee and beyond. In 2006, we were honored by the Knoxville Business Journal as one of the area’s “Best Companies to Work For.” We were recognized in 2007, 2008 and 2010 as one of Tennessee’s best employers by Business Tennessee magazine (no longer in publication). ORAU was also selected as a Best Diversity Company in 2011, 20122013 and 2014 by Diversity/Careers magazine.

ORAU's commitment to its employees is evident in our corporate culture and efforts to promote diversity. This commitment directly impacts ORAU's ability to provide innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. 

ORAU’s commitment to our employees includes:

  • Offering professional growth opportunities and comprehensive benefits
  • Providing a safe and secure work environment
  • Being supportive, flexible and an overall great place to work

ORAU also maintains partnerships with the communities in which we are located. ORAU and its employees regularly donate their time and resources to assist local organizations and their charitable efforts. Learn more about the benefits and other reasons why ORAU and its employees have chosen to live and work within these communities:

ORAU’s guiding principles have helped establish a corporate culture that ensures that we not only have the best and the brightest working for us, but that our employees feel valued and appreciated for all that they do to contribute to our success.

So why is ORAU such a great place to work? See what employees are saying about the organization in their own words:

Mike Ickowitz“Coming to ORAU has been a wonderful experience. I find myself constantly challenged with new and exciting projects, and management has been supportive in giving me the tools needed to broaden my skill set and succeed. I am proud to be part a great organization, working towards a mission that I believe in.”
- Mike Ickowitz, Science Education and Workforce Development

Angie Hatmaker“I have been employed with ORAU for less than a year. In today’s economy it is very reassuring to work for a company that is growing and still putting its employees first. When I interviewed with ORAU I could not believe the awesome opportunities available. Meeting so many people who had been with ORAU for 30+ years made want to be a part of this team. I feel very blessed to be part of such a wonderful company!”
- Angie Hatmaker, Procurement and Contracts Administration

Melinda Adcock“I am excited and grateful to be a member of the ORAU family. ORAU is committed to growth in every program area, which translates into exciting opportunities for employees to learn and stretch our knowledge and skills. I have learned so much in my time here and I know I have barely scratched the surface. Employees are also encouraged to participate in surveys and focus groups—just two examples of how management listens to our ideas, needs and concerns. Many companies say they listen, but ORAU truly hears and responds.”  
- Melinda Adcock, Business Operations

Faye Brown“When I first came to ORAU, I had certain expectations based on ORAU’s reputation in Oak Ridge. Since joining the organization, ORAU continues to exceed my expectations. I look forward each day to coming to work knowing that what I am contributing to the company is appreciated by both management and my co-workers. I feel that I do make a difference and I am not just an employee, but a member of the team. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me. I am committed to making every day at work an ORAU day!”
- Faye Brown, Human Resources

Kristin Kelly“From day one I have been treated with the utmost respect and made to feel like a vital part of this team. Anyone working at ORAU knows that this company truly values every employee; you aren’t just a number here. The leadership takes the time to talk to employees, and get feedback about what is going on around the organization. Additionally, they actively participate in company activities and meetings to keep the lines of communication open. The best part about working for ORAU is the constant encouragement and opportunity for personal and professional growth.”
- Kristin Mattson, Health Communication

Proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project

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We are proud to support wounded warriors in the workforce through the Wounded Warrior Project, Warriors to Work program. To learn how you can help, visit the Wounded Warrior Project website.

U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program

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ORAU also participates in the PaYS Program—an innovative, strategic partnership program between the U.S. Army and a cross-section of U.S. industries and public sector agencies.