Lawrence Berkeley Lab

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LBNL hosts Cutting Edge Scientific Research and Most Intelligent 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 part-time (more than a year)

Pros

Personal development guaranteed in any scientific, computing, research areas of interest.

Cons

No permanent positions, pay is low; No attrition due to that very little upward career moves for ambitious and capable young researchers.

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Neutral Outlook
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    Very supportive and stimulating environment

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

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by experts to collaborate with and seek assistance from

    Cons

    High-pressure. Everyone is constantly scrambling for funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Serious Cuts are Happening Here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    If you are a cutting edge scientist or your job is indispensable, you are set. Some departments are wonderful to work for, but others are toxic. Benefits are fine for now, but they are seriously declining due to budget restraints.

    Cons

    Depending on the department you work for and your job responsibilities, this can be the greatest place to work or the worst. OCFO (Office of the Chief Financial Officer), in particular, has a very bad reputation. Do not apply for a job in this office if you find an opening! They have a habit of firing people before their 6 month probation period so they don't have to pay severance or COBRA and then they will repost the position to squeeze 6 months work out of the next person before they get fired. This practice has been going on for years. Upper management has been bringing in their own people under sketchy business practices, something well-known within the LBL community. The problem is new people have no idea what's going on. People change their lives to get jobs here and management has no problems forcing them out early leaving them with no salary or insurance. Everyone in this company is very nervous about losing their jobs right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creating a fear-based culture is not the way. Think about how your business practices are affecting people's lives. Being up-front and honest about the financial situation would gain you far more respect from your employees than sneaking around behind their backs to make cuts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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