Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
3.4 of 5 133 reviews
www.llnl.gov Livermore, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 10, 2014
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3.4 133 reviews

                             

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Bill Goldstein

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Place!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people, management and opportunities

    ConsCompensation, culture, flexibility, work-life balance, Education opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun place to work

    Research Scientist (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsGood entry level compensation. Lots of resources.

    ConsLocation. People get moved away from lower priority projects to work on NIF.

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

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    Great summer intern opportunity for lots of growth and learning.

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsThe location is amazing, pay is great, people are very friendly, amazing benefits.

    ConsBureaucracy, which isn't much of an issue as an intern, but I'm told it gets worse the more you hit it. The secured campus makes it hard for any family to come visit your work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to provide the guidance to interns that you are!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work with a lot of research and experiments

    Sr. Electronics Tech (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsThe lab has its up and down but overall it is a very good place to work. Great benefits, good pay and job security. There are a lot of fascinating researches at the lab and funding is somewhat stable considering the economy. I am fortunate to have worked at the lab and learn as much as I did. You can move around from job to different job as well as between organization within the Lab. In summary the Lab is a great place to work and there are all kind of people from every part of the country.

    ConsSlow advancement but that is true for all government work. I find it difficult to keep my motivation as it has become more of a grind each day. My desire to learn each day and more development work has become limited and decided to leave. Still it has been a blast working at the lab.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe lab is heading in the right direction. A lot of good management at the top.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Livermore, CA

    ProsIt was the best research experience for cyber-security and computer science majors. They help with many resources and encourage you to be the best of the best. In the end the combination of experience and knowledge acquired, will help you get into a full time job without any problem.

    ConsHousing is not the best
    Taxes are really high in California
    If you are a completely active person you may need to relax a little bit
    Changes to project and deadlines happen so fast

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the Best Jobs Ever!

    Senior Mechanical Designer (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsIncredibly intelligent people, but still down to earth personalities. Awesome technology. Pleasant surroundings. Nice amenities on the lab. Great town near by. Great think tank.

    ConsThey need more projects. Had a manager steal my idea and take credit in a meeting (others in the meeting knew it was not his idea), but he didn't fully understand the idea and when he made a mistake trying to implement it, he tried to blame me. Then when corrected in a meeting tried to once again take credit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour a little top heavy, and could gain by listening to some of the lower level people. Rewarding managers that take others ideas, because they can't do it on their own is not beneficial for LLNL. Cut the deadweight.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I interviewed for a position recently

    Contract Administrator (Current Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsNice group of people. They seemed organize. Well spoken professionals.

    ConsSlow hiring process. The facilities are outdated.

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

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    Administrative Specialist (Former Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsGood work experience including benefits, work hours. This organization believes in training and there are so many options in transferring to other departments without question.

    ConsBeing a federally funded government agency relied on Washington DC budget and budget constraints.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A place ripe for change

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsEmployee see the value of changing the way we do business. Younger employee base insisting on change

    ConsSlow to change because of older employee base but they are changing

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with what Parney Albright started, don't go backward and think the "old" ways are good enough.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging and rewarding place to work for a scientist or engineer

    Physicist (Current Employee)
    Livermore, CA

    ProsLots of very smart people, grand scientific challenges, world class experimental facilities and computing power, great compensation and benefits. Opportunities to advance quickly and take on responsibility. Flexibility to move to new projects and develop new skills.

    ConsGovernment bureaucracy, onerous security rules, feels management top-heavy at times (even when you are a manager), getting jerked around by Congress. High-stress working environment in some projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeak more often, but say less.

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

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