Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
Charles McMillan
13 Ratings

Pros
  • Multidisciplinary environment, good work-life balance and great benefits (in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, however culture has shifted over the years (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • I've seen that the small-town mentality can diminish some goals and passion of employees (in 9 reviews)

  • The amount of red tape is incredible (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Awesome but slow

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    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to a world class science facility. Not everyday you get to work on stuff like this.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic and hierarchical. It takes a long time to be approved to do a small amount of work. Spend 1/3 of the time training so that you can climb a ladder or turn a wrench.

    Advice to Management

    Accelerated training process for interns. Less paperwork, more work.


  2. Average Workplace

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    Current Employee - CSP III in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - CSP III in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is Fair. Team players don't always get treated right.

    Cons

    Politics, Politics. Not cutting edge tech.


  3. Programming @LANL

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    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work choices, interesting people.

    Cons

    Long commute, Los Alamos is boring if you choose to live there.

    Advice to Management

    Support from management can be hard to come by.


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  5. LANL Review

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    Current Employee - Financial Business Analyst in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Financial Business Analyst in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and salary for the area.

    Cons

    Not much room to advance and middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Needs Leadership Skills


  6. 4 Years and looking elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Holidays Off, and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Hard to advance & nothing gets done quickly

    Advice to Management

    In CFO/Accounting very slows; not structured very well


  7. My experience depended on which project I worked on.

    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job depends on where you work.

    Cons

    When landing in a good position, you learn a lot.


  8. LANL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    LANL has some very talented staff that does great work.

    Cons

    Talented staff is thwarted by bureaucracy which has increased overhead and decreased performance simultaneously. Rules are not employed uniformed.

    Advice to Management

    Double-dipping was NOT a good idea and has adversely affected people relying on the pension fund.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Like being a kid in a candy store, but you can only choose one candy.

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good holiday, vacation and sick leave with mild time flexibility in a small, rocky mountain town. Great ergonomic support, computer monitors and supercomputing opportunities. Many technologies to play with across a broad corporate structure. Significant training opportunities. Engineers and physical scientists are highly valued.

    Cons

    Approved software is greatly restricted. The town is too small and remote for most people, or at least most people's families. The culture values narrow specialists -- to be the best in the world at one small thing. Most people get type cast before they find that one thing they like, and have to stay in their original role. Most of the place runs on software with mild software engineering and a computer science phobia. Computer scientists will be lonely.

    Advice to Management

    High morale leads to hard work and innovation. Boost moral so people return to their late night work habits and world class research publications.


  10. Not All It Could Be

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    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Mission oriented. Largely excellent teamwork. Wonderful natural surroundings. If in weapons work there is high job security (says a lot about human nature). Excellent area to raise children.Excellent community services. Lots of bright people. Great weather.

    Cons

    Poor pay and advancement for non-scientists. For-profit management appears to be adding to a perceived decline in worker morale. Dearth of decent restaurants in local area. Local government by well- meaning amateurs, some of whom take themselves too seriously..

    Advice to Management

    Don't kill the Goose for the bonus.


  11. Helpful (2)

    It's a job not a Career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Good befits, plenty of work

    Cons

    Low moral, not very many advancement opportunities, manager leadership is nonexistent.



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