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

Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 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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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProvides very good benefits and a stable job.

    ConsThere is a large amount of bureaucracy - hard for good science to get done quickly.

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    never work there before but i hope to have a great experience working there.

    Part Time 3D Printing Technician (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proswell, i love graphics so what can i say, " who would not want to work the graphic field." it just creating an image that communicates visual picture.

    Consi guess it would be the printing, there really is not any Cons when it comes to computer graphic. it is really easy work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLife is easy, so take your time with everything you do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    LANL great depending on where you are

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay, Benefits, Workload. If you have a family that takes a great deal of time. This is the place.

    ConsUpper management lost in terms of helping the employee. Let us work don't drown us in paper work!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop living in fear of getting work done.

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    Well-paying employment at a price

    Technical Staff Member (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood pay and used to be good benefits (I'm not current on that), flexible schedule, opportunity to learn and acquire new skills

    ConsMust obtain security clearance for any significant position and especially for career advancement. Security clearance means waiving certain rights and freedoms. Precarious employment for foreigners, and even naturalized US citizens born in sensitive countries. Politically driven funding may require you to switch projects often. Culture changes with politics in Washington.
    Located in a remote, small town (may be a plus, depending on your preferences)

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    mixed bag

    Scientist II (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    Prosyou can work with some of the most brilliant minds in your field, if your field is somehow tied to national security issues; you can actually start and end your career in one company.

    Consless than average management. people who grew up here make inroads to scientist positions with minimal credentials. support environment just sucks (there is no other way to say it)

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

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    Typical Government work.

    Contract Specialist (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsThe town of Los Alamos is a nice place to live if you have a family. The lab pays well if you are a scientist. You will be at home if you are an outdoor enthusiast.

    ConsI found the laboratory to be an unfulfilling place to work. The amount of red tape is incredible. It was easy to see why it is the most expensive lab to do business with in the U.S. There is a lot of waste and bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn order to get employees to stay here, you need to offer sincere chances for advancement.

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

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    Great if your a PhD otherwise,,,,

    Security Spec (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood research laboratory for science.

    ConsBudget uncertainty, benefits not what they were,Incompetent Federal oversite..

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont forget that you were once a low level worker, then again most of them probably never were.

    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 weird science bubble, lovely setting.

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsLoved living in northen NM. Los Alamos as a town is not great, but Santa Fe is within commuting distance and is awesome. The pay - as a postdoc - is much better than what you'd get in academia. And the hours are more normal (for security reasons, you don't work much nights and weekends).

    ConsScientifically isolated. And it is quite possibly a dying laboratory, unless it re-forms itself into a lab focused on the 21st century, not the 20th (i.e., replace its nuclear weapons work with stuff on clean energy).

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpand and diversify LANL's portfolio of science. Advertise the postdoc salaries and you'd get more interest.

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

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    Decent pay, but very hard to get anything substantial accomplished

    Undergraduate Intern (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood pay and job security and good if you are a scientist. There are lots of different types of work if you qualify for them, so you can move around if you get bored.

    ConsLos Alamos is a boring town with very little to do and has created a very strange corporate culture. The lab is large, unwieldy, and generally mismanaged. Not good for non-scientists.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Huge learning experience

    Subcontract Administrator (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsLANL is a government facility so it offers a great learning landscape. It is located in a beautiful area. It is possible to eliminate commuting from your life here. Los Alamos is a small town with a very forward way of thinking. It offers stable employment for professionals.

    ConsBecause it's government work, it is orchestrated by several different agencies so is very frustrating. From a Procurement point of view, the work is very cumbersome and overly detailed. Communication is difficult because the facility encompasses 22 square miles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBechtel needs to stop trying to think of this facility as a "Project". It isn't one. Management needs to stop doing risk avoidance and start doing risk assessment.

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

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