Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Pleasant life/work balance

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Current Employee - Systems and Network Senior Associate in Livermore, CA
Current Employee - Systems and Network Senior Associate in Livermore, CA

I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Pros

Good retirement compensation (401K, 9.5%-11.5% contribution of pre-tax salary) Many projects to work on. Some are very fascinating. Very relaxed environment.

Cons

Far-too relaxed environment. Very federated. Groups working at cross-purposes. Poor career advancement by way of committees of people that don't know you, strange.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There are far too many of you. Get out of the way. Seek the expertise of your employees.

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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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