There are newer employer reviews for Lawrence Berkeley Lab
There are newer employer reviews for Lawrence Berkeley Lab

See Most Recent

Friendly working environment and probably the Best place to work,

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Berkeley, CA

I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 10 years)

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

Pros

Very friendly working environment, administrative always friendly

Cons

Mostly soft money institution and the labs are scattered

Advice to Management

More programme for life science research

0 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
  1. Just like other national labs with beautiful environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Berkeley is awesome place to live. Flexible work time.

    Cons

    just like other national labs paperwork takes forever!

    Advice to Management

    Safety is very important. I got that. But seriously? 2 hour-long web-based trainings? Instead better to have one hour in-class training.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Okay - not great, not bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office of Chief Financial Officer
    Former Employee - Office of Chief Financial Officer

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Work-life balance is excellent. -Nice number of holidays and vacation time -Lots of interesting and important research comes out of LBNL -Decent job security as long as you are not a total slacker

    Cons

    This place is run by scientists with little to no background experience in running or managing a business. This could be good or bad depending on what you do. If you are doing research, that's probably a plus for you. But as a Business/Finance professional that means there are not many opportunities to grow here. Functions in the Office of the CFO are treated by lab management as administrative annoyances - hindrances to research - rather than functions that can add value to the organization. The lab produces science, not profits, so the relative importance of Finance is diminished. To make things more difficult, because the lab is government funded, there are layers of red-tape and paperwork required of the CFO staff that makes what should be simple tasks unnecessary complicated. Researchers here don't understand these burdens and therefore just assume the CFO staff is incompetent - which is not the case. This leads to mistrust and mutual frustration. In short, if you are in a Business/Finance/Operations type function, and are looking to build a career, this is probably not the place for you. Stick to the corporate world. If you are in a later stage of your career and looking to coast into retirement, this place is probably a pretty good option.

    Advice to Management

    Foster collaboration between your CFO staff and the scientific divisions. The CFO functions could add a lot of value to your research if you'd simply integrate them better with your researchers. Embrace best practices from the business world in order to save cost and free up budget for more research.


There are newer employer reviews for Lawrence Berkeley Lab
There are newer employer reviews for Lawrence Berkeley Lab

See Most Recent

Work at Lawrence Berkeley Lab? Share Your Experiences

Lawrence Berkeley Lab

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.