Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
167 Reviews
3.7
167 Reviews
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Pros
  • The Lab also encourages work/life balance far more than almost any other comparable job (in 28 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people working there - lots of higher degrees (masters & Ph (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Beware: you will drown in red tape which comes first over science (in 13 reviews)

  • Slow to change because of older employee base but they are changing (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy over science

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge facilities, smart people. Reasonable work hours when compared to academia; semi-autonomous structures similar to most academic institutions. Pay is generally better than academia.

    Cons

    The DOE labs are a mess of mis-management and years of knee-jerk reactions to safety and security issues. Management over-reaction and fears of regulatory and legal repercussions have resulted in a crazy patchwork of mindless and contradictory rules and requirements. Beware: you will drown in red tape which comes first over science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in young leaders to change the system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    People and company are not nice to work with / for

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    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting scientific and national security related work

    Cons

    Poor leadership, slow in making changes, inefficient, process locked. Processes and oversight and US broken government are killing the interesting work. The management old boy network is unbelievablly strong, most of management is a bunch of yes people so the cluelessness continues with a strong surge. Many of the top rated people are so far away from top notch it is astounding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of lots and lots of the management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart co-workers. Good interesting projects.

    Cons

    Funding cuts every few months. Some scientist have to look for a new position within the lab every few months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cog in a machine

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    Former Employee - NIF Operations in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - NIF Operations in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, not great, but decent. Had to work a lot of overtime

    Cons

    It's in Livermore, which is literally in the middle of nowhere. Good for a family man, but not me fresh out of college, and looking to experience life. Hours were long, management is hypocritical, not my place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees incentive to perform, make the culture and environment more friendly to younger generations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you like boring nuclear or homeland defense, and want to stress out about accounting, work here...

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    When I came here, they appreciated free thinkers and you were encouraged to develop. Now that UC is no longer in charge, its run like a for profit business, but without the understanding of what a for profit business is about.

    Cons

    Some extremely arrogant and unqualified managers (because people interested in science are seldom interested in management, so the worst go into management...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers from outside who have real world experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    life as a contractor on site

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    Former Employee - NIF Radiological Technician in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - NIF Radiological Technician in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    get to work with cutting edge technologies, very intelligent people

    Cons

    too many PhDs without a business minded manager to prioritize and manage projects. Schedules are ever-changing taking away from personal life. No chance to move within the department assigned or the laboratory as a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire real business/project managers to aid in managing the wide array of projects and personalities involved. When everyone has top priority, no one does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Some Good people horrible upper management

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    Former Employee - Health & Safety Tech in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Health & Safety Tech in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, that's about it, easy to slack off and do nothing while getting paid.

    Cons

    Management has no shared vision hostility between projects no sense of teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to be a for profit company hire some business pros and let scientists be scientists not managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good people, poor culture and poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Pros

    Work can be cutting edge

    overall friendly people

    Cons

    Extremely slow to get things done,unexpected delays, many unnecessary management layers, non active working culture, less diversified culture

    The overall culture is not for young energetic people with great ideas who want to pursue cutting edge science and technology, not comparable to private companies and research universities. The culture is more for mid 40s to 50s people who want to raise family in a quiet neigborhood and enjoy a 9-5 job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unique interdisciplinary experience,but overwhelmed by management cost and inane regulations

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great environment for interdisciplinary research, creative, independent thinkers. Livermore is a excellent place to live. Salaries are good.

    Cons

    The endless layers of managers makes for such high indirect costs that getting funding
    In such a competitive economy is nearly impossible. Lack of career path or objective metrics for promotion hurts morale. Management needs to do a "Survivor" type exercise and vote at least 10 percent of the managers out rather then go through with randomly reducing the LLNL workforce as they are currently doing. Without some dramatic rethinking of the current management structure the lab cannot survive, hire the needed expertise, and replace crumbling buildings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do some soul searching and get rid of managers and regulations that do not add tangible value to the lab. The risk adverse, CYA environment stifles research and productivity. There is already a serious vacuum in research and technical support, you need to do future personnel reduction entirely from management and start investing in research support and rebuilding lab infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    in trouble

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salaries. Lots of freedom.

    Cons

    Funding channels are being cut. Management is not interested in preserving quality workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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