Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.4 105 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan

Charles McMillan

(43 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas(in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay and some of the benefits(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • too much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust(in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management lost in terms of helping the employee(in 7 reviews)

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    Good company for long-term career in R&D

    Technical Staff Member (Current Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsAbility to do cross-disciplinary work on important national security problems. Ability to interacts with a lot of really smart people in a range of scientific disciplines. Pays well. Great outdoor opportunities.

    ConsBureaucracy and paperwork required to 'get things done' have increased significantly in last few years. Cost of doing business is too high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally focus on cutting back on burdensome requirements; this would result in less of a need for oversight (and overhead funded) staff and would hence reduce costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding and interesting

    Design Specialist (Former Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGreat opportunities, a lot of new science

    Consmid and upper level management

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet those who know do, shape up or leave.

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

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    A good place for applied science

    Scientist IV (Current Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood colleagues, nice place to live, beautiful setting, good compensation, good job security. Los Alamos is a safe community, and the people are highly educated. The schools are good.

    ConsIn the past, there was considerably uncertainty to working at the lab because of a string of safety and security issues. Over the past eight or ten years, these problems seem to have subsided. If you are of a very theoretical bent, you might be happier at a University.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice. They're doing a good job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work in spite of itself

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsThe benefits are great. Very good healthcare, dental, vacation, holidays and retirement. Plus a really good fitness center with great exercise classes. The Lab has some of the smartest people in the world working there and you can learn things that you can't get elsewhere. There are lots of potential for collaboration to do some really cool science.

    ConsThere is too much paperwork and bureaucracy. One of the biggest barriers to doing science is the very high overhead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management is too focused on weapons research. While that may be where the money is now, there will come a time when that goes away. The Lab needs to diversify its research to tackle other problems related to national security. While there are some efforts at diversification, there isn't much support for program development outside of the Lab's core mission.

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

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    Its fun, but kinda slow

    Intern (Current Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    Pros-Friendly people
    -Interesting projects
    -Good pay
    -Beautiful Location

    Cons-Bad Location
    -Can be slow hearing from people in other departments
    -Can be difficult to locate problems with permissions on computers

    Advice to Senior Management- Streamline a way to find who you are looking for within the company, often it is difficult to find the contact info for whom you are looking for. Also the communication between staff and interns is very poor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Former Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsSalary and benefits. I liked the location and talking to so many talented people around. Opportunity for growth if desired.

    ConsA lot of training, paperwork and etc., which takes a lot of time from doing science. Big overheads. Many buildings are in poor condition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My time at LANL was a great experience working on DOE projects.

    Procurement Specialist III (Former Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsJob was a test of skils based on the fact the LANL made the atomic bomb for world war two, and I subcontracted and purchased materials to update the facility.

    ConsThe Cons was getting to keep up with the changes in DOE procedures and in Oracle changes on a regular basis

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would have liked to stay longer but my position time frame terminated. I had a two year contract and it was extended for another year and half.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Quality Research Opportunity

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsExtremely intelligent staff, including some of the foremost researchers in their respective fields. Coworkers were friendly and supportive. Pay is very competitive.

    ConsLos Alamos is in the middle of nowhere. Expect to drive an hour to Santa Fe for even simple things like dining and shopping. Also, has all the major pitfalls of government funded research, namely: everyone is always concerned about funding, your chances of getting a permanent position depend on whether or not you can locate your own funding, and people are generally overworked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement does well considering the challenges they face. Not easy to get top-level talent to come to Los Alamos.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love/Hate

    Research Technologist I (Former Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsFantastic location for outdoorsy people, high paying, great benefits, good work-life balance, relatively high potential for career growth depending on which group you work for

    ConsBureaucracy, dealing with people who have no incentive to work hard (and therefore do not work hard), scientifically isolated depending on which group you work for, easy to become complacent and waste important years in career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many problems to even begin...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cutting edge science and technology

    Program Management (Current Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsAmazing research, innovation, and collaboration on the science side of the house. Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas. The pension plan was a great pro, but it is now a closed plan.

    ConsResistance to change, political based decisions, heavy oversight, attempts to govern by consensus, self-inflicted red tape and externally imposed bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not succumb to just maintaining the status quo.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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