Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
106 Reviews
3.4
106 Reviews
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
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43 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Good company for long-term career in R&D

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff Member  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Technical Staff Member in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ability 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding and interesting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Specialist  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Design Specialist in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities, a lot of new science

    Cons

    mid and upper level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let those who know do, shape up or leave.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good place for applied science

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    Current Employee - Scientist IV  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    No advice. They're doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work in spite of itself

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Its fun, but kinda slow

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory part-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist III  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist III in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A Quality Research Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Los 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love/Hate

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    Former Employee - Research Technologist I  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Research Technologist I in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic 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

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too many problems to even begin...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Cutting edge science and technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Management  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Program Management in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Amazing 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not succumb to just maintaining the status quo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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