For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.
Sandia National Laboratories is operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Sandia Corporation operates Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and supports numerous federal, state, and local government agencies, companies, and organizations.
A strong science, technology, and engineering foundation enables Sandia's mission through a capable research staff working at the forefront of innovation, collaborative research with universities and companies, and discretionary research projects with significant potential impact.
In keeping with our vision to be the nation's premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation, we recruit the best and the brightest, equip them with world-class research tools and facilities, and provide opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines.
The excitement and importance of our work; an exemplary work environment; partnerships with academia, industry, and government; and our record of historic contributions help us attract exceptional staff. Our employees are recognized by their professional peers for their outstanding contributions.
Although most of Sandia's approximately 10,000 employees work at Sandia's headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or at its second principal laboratory in Livermore, California, others are working at various sites in the U.S. and abroad to deliver innovative and reliable solutions in a changing world.
Quality people, quality work
Integrity, excellence, and exceptional service in the national interest.
At Sandia, creativity, multidisciplinary thought, and diverse ideas are encouraged. Our unique work requires the collective minds of the nation's top scientists, engineers, and support staff. Each year, Sandians are recognized for developing a range of breakthrough technologies with commercial applications of global importance.
Sandia embraces diversity, inclusion, and respect as part of our organizational culture. We value individual differences, and we believe that our success depends on the collaborative efforts of a diverse workforce. We also strive to meet the highest standards in workforce fulfillment, safety, security, fiscal accountability, and environmental responsibility.
Our core values
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Your life is not just work
We understand your time matters — that’s why Sandia is flexible in many ways.
Sandia encourages employees to have a healthy, multidimensional lifestyle and achieve a personal balance between home, work, and community life. We offer flexible work arrangements that serve as alternatives to the traditional workweek. Sandia also provides a fulfilling professional environment, a network of employee support resources, and an array of health and wellness programs. In addition, we promote opportunities for community involvement and celebrate significant team efforts.
We provide the following programs to support our employees in both their work and personal lives.
Flexible work arrangements
Time away from work
Convenient, on-site resources
We know your time is important. That's why we have on-site health clinics, fitness centers, and cafeterias. Employees can also join the Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, which provides on-site facilities and ATMs in New Mexico and California to serve your banking needs.
Sandia models, supports, and rewards healthy work-life behaviors. We offer preventive healthcare screening programs, on-site fitness centers, nutrition services, smoking cessation programs, and online heath resources. In addition, Sandia/California hosts a monthly farmer's market and offers on-site massage therapy services.
Child care referral service
We provide assistance in locating, selecting, and evaluating child care providers in the community. Sandia/California employees can also rely upon the quality services of a nearby highly regarded child care center that is limited to the children and grandchildren (ages 6 weeks through 12 years) of Livermore laboratory employees.
Expectant parent assistance
Few life events cause as much excitement and stimulate as many questions as becoming a parent. Parenting not only affects your personal life, but your professional life as well. Sandia offers an Expectant Parent program that assists employees before and after the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child by providing relevant information regarding:
Reimbursement spending accounts
Employees can set aside pretax dollars for the reimbursement of dependent or elder care expenses and unreimbursed healthcare expenses.
Sandia offers employees free membership in two associations: the Sandia Employee Recreation Program (SERP) in New Mexico and the Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association (LLESA) in California. Both groups provide recreation activities for Sandians and their families. SERP and LLESA members can receive discounts on items such as movie tickets; gym memberships; bus passes; and tickets to museums, amusement parks, and sporting and entertainment events. The groups also provide opportunities to play team sports and rent low-cost camping and sport equipment. Moreover, LLESA members have access to the nearby LLESA Children's Center, which provides high-quality, year-round child care services for children and grandchildren ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age.
Sandia participates in an annual United Way Campaign and a number of rewarding community involvement programs. Sandia also provides a limited number of hours for employees to participate in corporate-sponsored community education programs. By sponsoring contests and awards, serving as science fair judges, and hosting family science nights, our staff seeks to foster the natural curiosity in children and demonstrate the exciting aspects of science to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Working at Sandia has its benefits
From health and compensation to diversity programs, flexible career tracks, community outreach, and more, Sandians receive great rewards for their great work.
The benefits of working at Sandia extend far beyond the traditional packages advertised by other companies. Yes, we offer competitive salaries and great benefits. But more importantly, Sandia is the kind of workplace that exists in your dreams — giving you opportunities to perform challenging and meaningful work without sacrificing your personal life. We fully support our staff with flexible work schedules. Working from home and taking every other Friday off are viable options. Learn more about Sandia's efforts to support employees in maintaining a work-life balance.
We also make everyday life convenient by offering on-site resources. Most crucially, we view ourselves as corporate cheerleaders for our staff. We encourage employees to achieve their highest potential by providing recognition and rewards for outstanding achievements, educational assistance programs, and multiple career pathways.
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Sandia full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
Interesting work, lots of freedom, good job security, flexibility to move around the company, ability to work from home, low pressure, many smart and capable co-workers, flexible 9/80 work scheduleCons
No/limited bonuses, relatively low morale at the CA site, performance review is not done well and can be discouraging (they rank all employees a la Microsoft), writing research proposals is a time sink and not very rewarding (esp LDRD process)Advice to ManagementAdvice
Rethink performance review, make LDRD process more collaborative with management.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Sandia in October 2014.Interview Details
First off, I cheated. I have been a contractor at SNL for a few years. I had already developed a reputation and several professional contacts within Sandia before I applied.
1) Search for the job on Sandia's website.
2) Apply for the job via Sandia's website.
3) Discuss application with manager filling the position.
4) Wait patiently for official email response from Sandia's hiring group.
Once I received the official email inviting me to an interview, I had a great deal of background paperwork to fill out. Most of this was easy, as I already carry a security clearance and had filled out similar paperwork two years before. Be prepared to detail everything about the last 10 years of your life.
I was also invited to a benefits meeting, where an HR rep detailed the benefits that Sandia offers.
Two weeks after the interview, I was given an official verbal job offer. Two days after that I received the official offer letter.
IMPORTANT POINT: The interview took place in the Limited Area. Do no take any personal electronics with you - no cell phones, mp3 players, cameras, etc. You will need to stay close to your escort the entire time you are in the Limited Area.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThe hiring manager knew my current wage since I was a contract employee. This actually took a lot of the uncertainty out of the process. I was able to ensure a 13% increase in pay through casual conversation. This put me at just about the mid-point in the pay scale I was being hired into.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
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Sandia stands for national security. Established in 1949 as part of the Manhattan Project, Sandia National Laboratories performs research and development related to national security and defense. Its focus is nuclear weapons systems research, but the lab also performs nonproliferation assessments, infrastructure assurance, and research and development in such areas as energy and environmental security. Sandia's duties have expanded in recent years to combat terrorism, aid homeland security, and support the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sandia, which operates with a...