Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
Charles McMillan
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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. Excellent place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Blanca of life and work

    Cons

    Nothing to say, nothing to do much around in town.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. System Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technologist in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Engineering Technologist in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I cant think of a better place to live and work than Los Alamos

    Cons

    Los Alamos is an expensive place to live and DOE regulates the top salary far below the standard. As if people should take a 30 to 40K cut in pay just to say they worked (past tense on purpose) for the DOE.

    Advice to Management

    If you can not compete for the best salary wise, how can you expect people to stay


  3. Great experience!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The materials team collaborates well, pursues relevant science and technology, and has extensive laboratory resources. The work-life balance is exceptional, and the work is rewarding.

    Cons

    My experience was very positive. I have heard from others on the team that the overhead burden makes it challenging to be successful on cost competitive projects.

    Advice to Management

    It would be very helpful to continue to identify ways to reduce the overhead burden to make technical teams more cost competitive.


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  5. Amazing place to work; awesome benefits and the best scientists in their respective fields.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are the best in the field and the infrastructure is here to facilitate whatever experiments you can dream up.

    Cons

    National lab pace can be frustratingly slow. Government affiliation introduces a lot of paperwork and regulations. Every time Congress decides to act like a group of kindergarteners, shut-downs loom; even the threat of an impending shut-down can cost you months of time and effort.


  6. Career track disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    important work with great colleagues

    Cons

    frustrating and sometimes embarrassing amount of bureaucracy and illogical rules and regs


  7. Great Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work at. The people are really nice and try to guide you throughout your internship.

    Cons

    There are no negative comments


  8. Very good place to work for postdoc

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Alamos, NM

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

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

    Pros

    LANL is a place where scientific staff members are devoted to supporting the career development of postdocs. Entire career support department and career fair are organized for that purpose. Salary is good and support for travel and purchasing books are excellent.

    Cons

    Bureacractic procedures in usual government organizations. As long as you know how to navigate the system and try to make arrangements ahead of time, this usually is not a big problem.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management takes too much overhead from scientific staffs. For the place to grow, it has to install a system to re-assign old staff members who are not doing research and mainly sitting on internal funding (with the postdocs being the workhorse in those projects). Only then can it free up resources to bring in and keep new talents.


  9. Great company to work for!!

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours Laidback workplace People are friendly Good management

    Cons

    No cons about working here all around excellent company


  10. The mission is compelling

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people committed to important work

    Cons

    Constrained government funding makes long-range planning difficult.


  11. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Talented/smart colleagues. Lots of opportunities to learn. People work hard and play hard.

    Cons

    If you have a family, it might be hard for your spouse to find a job there unless he/she has right skills for the lab.



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