Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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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 an year)

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 ManagementAdvice

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

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No opinion of CEO

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    LLNL is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    nice environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    tele commuting is not encouraged. bad commute some times

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    none

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large employer with good benefits and retirement. Room for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    Takes too long to get anything done - layers upon layers of bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees based on performance not length of time on the job

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