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Administrative Specialist IV

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Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Livermore, CA
Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Livermore, CA

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

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

Pros

Good work experience including benefits, work hours. This organization believes in training and there are so many options in transferring to other departments without question.

Cons

Being a federally funded government agency relied on Washington DC budget and budget constraints.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    retired

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    Former Employee - Health & Safety Tech in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Health & Safety Tech in Livermore, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    used to be interesting & worthwhile

    Cons

    evolved into unwanted division of Federal Government. Never was a good place for a woman.

    Advice to Management

    Mechanical Engineering needs to be more pro-woman

  2. Helpful (4)

    World-class researchers and institute, too much overhead and poor managers

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Within 1 square mile are some of the world's best researchers in a variety of fields from nuclear weapons, to lasers, to biology, to energy security, and others. Everyone is easily accessible and willing to share insights. "Big science" projects are done here.

    Cons

    As one former director commented, LLNL has succumbed to a "culture of compliance", where managers are more worried about getting in trouble than the best work getting done. Most so-called managers have no idea how to manage, much less lead, and this should not be a surprise since management skills are often inversely proportional to scientific skills.

    Advice to Management

    Identify actual managers, not scientists, to lead programs. Way too much of an old boys club (who you know/like seems to guide who becomes a manager, not who should actually be a manager).

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