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A huge federal R&D center undergoing rapid changes

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Livermore, CA
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Livermore, CA

I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Awesome people and world class opportunities. A great place to work if you're on a project central to the lab's core mission. You'll learn a lot. Great pay and benefits for a post-doc. All post-docs are given 'Special Employee' funding amounting to up to 25% of their total equivalent salary for effort and related travel & training that is "institutional" (i.e. lots of wiggle room) rather than related to a specific programmatic project (i.e. very constrained). You'll be encouraged by some managers to charge 25% of your time every week to this fund, but you should consider reserving it for travel to participate in conferences or experiments at other facilities. This wasn't much of an issue in the past, but with budgets contracting everywhere it's becoming more common that conference travel is denied based on slim budgets, so you can ensure that doesn't happen to you by saving up this fund for those occasions. ;-)

Cons

This lab has been 're-organizing' their efforts to centralize on stockpile stewardship and associated science. Younger scientists/post-docs working in areas which are not aligned with these goals risk getting shed along with their group from the lab as it contracts. Insufficient funding exists on many projects to convert post-docs to full-time positions, so make sure before you accept an offer that you understand if there is funding for a longer term position or if you'll be looking for another job after two years. Weak vacation time compared to other national labs.

Advice to Management

Stay positive even under the crushing budget, and root out bad attitudes.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work, lots of bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High starting salaries, low stress environment, nice town, excellent coworkers. Fantastic place to work. High level of independence, minimal stupidity.

    Cons

    Red tape, tons of it, everywhere you go. Getting hired is an ordeal, budget cuts loom constantly. Have to pass a background check, which isn't that hard. High security environment, need a badge to get on campus.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Good place for mid-career individual to contribute

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - QA Lead in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people, interesting projects, leading edge science, cooperative atmosphere. Benefits are good, 401K + match is 2-3X commercial companies, ability to switch jobs w/o leaving

    Cons

    bureaucracy, too much overhead, endless training, too many long=timers, lack of urgency, some projects are surprisingly backwards in technology and methodologies. Discontinuous government funding on some projects make it hard. Alas not the same as the UC managed days.

    Advice to Management

    recruit from outside more, especially mid-career people who can add their experience and wisdom, do not people get complacent


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