Los Alamos National Laboratory
3.5 of 5 97 reviews
www.lanl.gov Los Alamos, NM 5000+ Employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
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3.5 97 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan

Charles McMillan

(40 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Can be a good place, my experience is horrible

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMultidisciplinary environment, good work-life balance and great benefits

    ConsPoor career opportunity and career growth

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    Aging dinosaur

    Research Scientist IV (Current Employee)

    ProsBasic science and engineering research benefits from an extremely large nuclear weapons budget, the chaff, of which, provides opportunity for the industrious researcher to pursue independent avenues of study. There are a number of large facilities, e.g. Roadrunner, LANSCE, WNR, and DAHRT, which provide the primary unique capabilities that Los Alamos National Laboratory has to offer.

    ConsThe mission of Los Alamos is to manage the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile. This is primarily an engineering and manufacturing activity, and this is reflected in the high level management structure. All resources and policies pertaining to risk management, compliance, security, personnel management, etc. derive from the Mission organizations and are pushed out into the supplicant Capability and Support organizations without consideration for their applicability. The Lab also has a bloated, senior level (Associate Director and above) focused, bureaucratic structure, where all authority resides. Mid-level management (Division and Group Leader) are left to mete out compliance and discipline policies, and the occasional 2% raise, thereby resulting a relatively poor morale environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard conversion from private industry to government R&D.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of people diligently working on tasks passionate to them

    ConsThe cold war is over and so is the interest and need of much of this laboratory. It is apparent in the 30+ year-old decrepit buildings and projects the workforce is dealing with. Morale is low, future uncertain.

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

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    Quality Assuance (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood pay and some of the benefits.

    ConsLack of concern for employees. Major accident after major accident and management doesn't seem to care or to learn from the repeated mistakes. Retirement is geared around forcing people to work to age 65. not for time of service. Housing in the local area is hard to find.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart protecting the whistle blower and people that are willing to stand up and say stop work and not punish them. Which include termination. New upper management comes in stirs the lower management to correct the issue that caused the issues in the first place. The same problem manager just stay in their jobs or find others. sometimes higher in the management chain. Just because you have a degree does not mean you can lead or manage people.

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

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    A so-so place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTime and life balance is great.

    ConsSoft money is going away - makes it hard to recommend LANL as a place to work. Can be tough to remain at the top of your profession, there is not a lot of support for professional development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a paragon of scientific endeavors, now just a jobs program

    Middle Management (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsThis laboratory was once a beacon of strong scientific work. Many scientists of repute wanted to work at the laboratory.

    Living in Northern New Mexico is a truly great experience. And the Dept. of Energy still assists in keeping the local schools competitive with the best nationally.

    ConsThe laboratory is raping the scientific programs to maintain its position as a jobs program for Northern New Mexico. Bloated management and even more bloated support structure that is immune to budget issues. Those are borne by the scientific staff.

    Bechtel has turned the place into a site for rotations of their management members. They come for a few years, refuse to live in Los Alamos and after reeking havoc for a couple of years, return to the mother ship.

    The schools are falling apart to maintain salaries that are among the highest in the state.

    This organization cannot propose a major activity and complete it within schedule and budget. And this mindset has permeated the entire laboratory.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop ripping off your employees for the benefit of the lab contractors. The saddest day in this lab's history was when management decided to become a for-profit organization. Now it is all about the fee and profit, not the excellence of the work being done.

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

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    Career ladder about one rung for most, or the hyper-Peter sets in.

    Research Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGreat entry level pay and benefits, stops there.

    ConsNo career path or support from the Lab

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    World Class Laboratory my ass!

    Health and Safety Professional (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsLos Alamos is a beautiful place.

    ConsThe work culture is a culture of crap. They preach safety but do not support safety personnel efforts. I was a safety engineer who tried to implement their core safety values but they wanted me to look the other way. They also hire local drug addicts.
     LANL has ruined the environment and now the tax payers have to pay to have it cleaned up by out of state contractors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou all need to communicate better with your employees and stop living in a code of secrecy. This creates a culture of mistrust and fuels gossip.

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

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    Computer Systems Professional III (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood pay and benifts. Many things to do after hours. Employeer is currently hiring.

    ConsA lot of people are leaving this employeer. This is causing many new open jobs. Politics is something that you will need to master at this employeer

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

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    A great place to work until 2008.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGenerally Stable
    Breadth of technical experiences
    A large range of interesting research
    bright scientists and engineers
    Outdoor sports opportunities
    no traffic

    ConsVery few entry level positions filled in past 10 years
    Advancement opportunities limited
    Not very diverse
    Nuclear weapons work makes you unpopular in Santa Fe
    Not very many people around. Dating is poor unless you are female

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagements duty is to make money for their private company by meeting DOE goals. Management does not do a very good job of producing results for customers.

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

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