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Used to be a great place; has been on a constant decline recently

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Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Research Scientist in Berkeley, CA

I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

-Still home to some top people
-great location
-close to uc Berkeley

Cons

-constantly declining doe funding forced many great people to early retirement and young and promising had to look for jobs elsewhere (luckily the silicon valley is next door and needs smart people)
-had many lay offs recently: the prestige is compromised
- extremely bureaucratic
- overhead is almost 2x of salary; it is harder and harder to compete against universities
- managers do not know how to act in the new environment. In fact they do nothing as the result many programs have been shrinking and even closing
- no more pension ( salaries are lower than in the valley but the pension was making it more even on a long run), making benefits below average across the tech industry
- the future is bleak, unit will probably will end up like bell labs

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get real and adopt to new reality

Doesn't Recommend
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Other Reviews for Lawrence Berkeley Lab

  1.  

    Good people, nice campus (up on the hill)

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good food, good policies, good pay (for right out of college). Hires from within reasonably well.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sometimes slow to get things done, communication can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some PI's: be careful about micromanaging, other PI's: be careful about meeting with your underlings more often!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A beautiful place to work, but contains an unhealthy amount of bureaucracy.

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment. Great, leading edge science being done.

    Cons

    Extreme cost of living, and government bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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