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Graduate Student Research Assistant

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Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA

I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time (more than an year)

Pros

The Lab is a great place to be working towards your PhD. The facilities are of course top notch, and people are excited to contribute to Science, which make this a great place to make your teeth in Science.

Cons

While fairly protected at my level, I can tell politics do play a role at the Lab. Also, it is sometimes difficult to assess self performance as indicators are not available for student positions.

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    lots of interesting people, way too much beaurocracy

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great collaboration with UC Berkeley professors/students
    State-of-the-art facilities (ALS, NCEM, etc)
    Lots of smart people with great ideas
    Lots of opportunities for collaboration
    Epicurian serves great cafetaria food

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy
    1:1 ratio of scientists to administrators
    Too much overhead
    Hard to make the transition from post-doc to staff scientist
    Pay structure for postdocs completely unfair (some get $30-40k while others get $80-90k)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Postdocs are not slave labor!

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Surrounded by bunch of genius people

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always can find right person who can help you out of the problem, share the thoughts and get some idea from others. A lot of ways to get what you want fast.

    Cons

    Cafeteria won't open during the dinner time and weekend, making a real problem for the food when the experiments go late.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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