Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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A university environment with an industry spin.

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Former Employee - High Energy Density Physics Intern  in  Livermore, CA
Former Employee - High Energy Density Physics Intern in Livermore, CA

Pros

Smart people everywhere. You're surrounded by extremely intelligent people at all levels. Located in a beautiful part of California. The Lab is involved in just about every area of Science and Engineering in some way or other. There are seminars going on across the campus every day that can help you stay current in your field.

Relating specifically to the intern program, I was definitely happy. I got to work on an interesting project, and I was definitely making meaningful contributions. The best part was the interaction with other interns. The lab brought in something like 300 interns from its various summer programs, and interacting with them was a great experience.

Cons

It's a big government organization. Sometimes you have to deal with a whole lot of red tape and infrastructure.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Project mobility is important to maintaining a versatile workforce, keep it up.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Biomedical Scientist  in  Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Biomedical Scientist in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Great pay, really smart and dedicated co-workers. Lots of opportunities to learn and do more things.

    Cons

    The politics can be tough to navigate. There are some who will make getting things done difficult in order to protect their territory. Shift from management from the University of California to the consortium has taken away a bit of the charm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more clear career paths for younger employees. Look to root out those who put politics before good science.

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    Lots of unique opportunities, but not the best place for an ambitious person or desiring high pay.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Good employer for someone that has a family and wants a more stable, slower paced job, with a standard 40hr/week schedule.

    - Lots of opportunities to work on unique architectures or more research/cutting edge type software projects.

    - Flexible work hours, (9/80, work-from-home, etc)

    - Lower stress, unusual to have urgent software development deadlines or 'crunch' periods.

    - Housing is cheaper on the edge of bay area (Livermore, Tracy, etc)

    Cons

    Not as good a place for a younger person with ambition or energy, or someone looking to grow their salary.

    - Salary grows slowly, 2-3% raises typical

    - Salary is 'adequate', but doesn't match competitive companies with similar work like Google, Intel, etc.

    - Salary tends to cap out at a software engineer III level. Very few growth opportunities after you hit this level.

    - Benefits only average

    - Bonuses are unusual, difficult to get, and small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Target older employees with families when you hire. You're in a tough position to compete for the younger crowd unless you get more flexibility to offer better salary packages, raises, and upward growth.

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