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Very good for student internships and fellowships

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livermore, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Pros

The SEGRF and LSP fellowship programs at LLNL compensate well, and are great for students that want to pursue large-scale research problems.

Cons

Working with classified materials can be an difficult for student-employees.

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    Only OK, but barely.

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Pros

    Employees are mostly treated fairly and with respect, at least on the surface.

    Flexible working time.

    Lots of collaborations with other DOE labs and universities.

    Competitive salaries due to the pressure from Bay Area IT companies. Maybe the highest pay among all DOE laboratories.

    Benefits are also above average.

    It is an OK place serving as a jump board to land better opportunities elsewhere.

    Cons

    No bonus. No real incentive to keep employees doing great job.

    Layers and layers of intrusive security rules , no gmail, no facebook, no incoming email attachments.

    Life for foreign scientists from sensitive countries can be tough. Too many red tags, no off-site email access to name the least.

    Horrible immigration policy, HR forces new foreign national hires to take J-1 visas instead of H1-B visas. No sponsorship for green cards even for staff scientists converted from postdocs.

    Facility is ridiculously aging, mostly shaky trailers not even with enough toilets for employees.

    Uncertainty of federal funding makes most scientists spread across many projects to reduce risks (eggs in many baskets). But this causes too many context switches and work overload.

    Overhead is so high that scientists cannot include each other in collaborative projects. They even outsource to universities or other cheaper labs as a workaround.

    Absurd ways by management to cut cost by reducing A/C temperature during Winter, reduce water facet flow speed to save water, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please eliminate the layers of managers to reduce overhead

    Disapproves of CEO
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    It's been a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Technologist  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Pros

    Challenging projects that are fun to work on.

    Cons

    Hard to get ahead. Large good ole boy network.

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