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25 Years at LLNL

Technical Staff Member (Engineer) (Current Employee)

Pros- Salary.
- Flexibility in work schedule.
- Good basic benefits.
- College campus like working environment.

Cons- Sometimes oppressive and silly security/safety rules.
- Employee services not on par with other high tech companies in the Bay Area – the Lab use to have a large swimming pool, softball fields and Lab sponsored clubs.
- Move to “for-profit” contract structure with federal government for operating the Lab, and loss of University of California academic “not-for-profit” culture and replacement with industrial business culture.
- Little of the profit made by the new company running the Lab is put back into the Lab facilities or passed on to employees.
- Many new senior and middle managers brought in by the new company are from socially/politically “conservative” regions of the country and do not like the progressive/liberal values held by many of their employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of your offices and talk to employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


    Pros: LLNL allows a scientist to accomplish big science surrounded by resources and incredibly knowledgeable and committed people. The lab gives… Cons: You're working for the government, so all the benefits that may come from working for a private company (frequent bonuses, team building, etc) are nonexistent. Bureaucracy… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Computer Scientist (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


    Pros: Livermore lab is an excellent place to work on challenging technical problems across many fields. The environment can be very academic. In the… Cons: Many managers are promoted on technical merits, leading to some managers acting like technical team leads rather than managers. It can be frustrating when… Advice to Senior Management: Managers should be managers, not anything else. If they… More
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