Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.4 137 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

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Bill Goldstein

(11 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • interesting colleagues, important work, good work life balance, great location in Northern California (in 16 reviews)

  • get to work with cutting edge technologies, very intelligent people (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes you have to deal with a whole lot of red tape and infrastructure (in 8 reviews)

  • Slow to change because of older employee base but they are changing (in 4 reviews)

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    Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNo stress work place, lots of intelligence people

    Consif yuor not in the inner circle you're not going up, too many managers.

    Advice to Senior Managementdiversify.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people, lots of bureaucracy and reluctance for new process

    Computer Scientist (Former Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsSmart people, friendly environment, interesting projects

    ConsPeople are reluctant to learn new technologies. Lots of lifers with limited exposure to current trends and practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees, realize that pedigree doesn't always trump innovation and outside experience

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people and opportunities, but funding uncertainties

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosinteresting colleagues, important work, good work life balance, great location in Northern California

    Consat times focus feels almost entirely on finding funding, upper management seems out of touch with reality being dealt with by the work force, seems upper management top heavy

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus on the real mission of the lab rather than propping up a sometime bloated bureaucracy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Department Head

    Department Head (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsLots of smart people, great science, tools are cutting edge.

    ConsInfrastructure & facilities crumbling due to budget cuts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe outside managers, brought here by DOE in 2007, don't appear to be all that exceptional.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun but can be disconnected from applications

    Research Scientist (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsLots of data and good research environment. Decent work/life balance.

    ConsGovernment/National laboratory complex does not necessarily know where it fits at all times --- searching for problems. Depending upon the team project it can be hard to find support for publishing research.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not much interest in publishing

    Postdoctoral Research Staff Member (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsSalary/benefits, most people I interact with are friendly and very smart, they try and take care of you here, especially postdocs (socially, comments/concerns, etc), travel opportunities

    ConsThe senior researchers I have been working with do not seem very interested in publishing great science. They are more interested in getting the next grant. I understand because the overhead is so high here, but eventually not doing the science will catch up to you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLower the overhead for basic science research (i.e. not classified work) it costs way too much to do science at this institute.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    May 7, 2014

    We really appreciate this input. Publishing is critical to the Laboratory, and we do put a lot of effort into placing postdocs with mentors who support this. We encourage you to reach out to ... More

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    Good pay, no room for advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay, diverse environment, exciting breakthrough science,

    ConsManagement is Top heavy, slow growth process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp technicians expand more.

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    Returned to LLNL after working outside government.

    Computation (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsMultiple programs allow specialist to move from one project to another without changing employer. Mission space of National Security is inspiring and relevant. Demographic of current employees means that new hires will have great opportunities to advance as the aging workforce retires.

    ConsConservative corporate culture which is slow to change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease training budget, provide early career employees leadership opportunities, encourage middle level mangers to change or move aside.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work-Life Balance = 5, Chance for advancement and raises = 0

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsGood work-life balance. Depending on the department you work in, flexible hours and a 9/80 schedule are big pluses.

    ConsZero chance for advancement. People stay here for 35 years; many doing the same thing they were originally hired on to do. There is a great deal of favoritism by management. They know years in advance who they might promote if someone dies or retires. They will lead the other employees on letting them think they have a chance just so they won't quit. Raises are laughable and salary freezes are common.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with your employees. Don't make them jump through hoops to try to get ahead and then laugh behind their backs at their futile efforts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful mission but...

    Mid Level Management (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, exciting work, great place to live

    ConsArchaic approach to business; unbelievable stovepipes across the lab; "what's in it for me?"

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart acting like one lab

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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