Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Great place to work

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

I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a contractor (more than 3 years)

Pros

Good respectful working environment. Grea for R&D work. Perfect for engineers and scientists.

Cons

Somewhat inflexible sometimes: Too much red tape.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Seek and consider new ideas.

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    Had a good 13 years there as an admin. Not much growth opportunity in that area, though. Great if your a scientist.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist

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

    Pros

    Compensation, Benefits, Retirement, work-life balance, paid vacation

    Cons

    Budget issues, lack of communication, some management

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    There are no career opportunities here for computer software developers.

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of unique computer resources available. Livermore and the surrounding area is a nice place to live meaning minimal or no commute. The work here covers a wide range of topics so it is relatively easy to move between projects.

    Cons

    The working conditions are horrific. Buildings and offices are unmaintained and uninhabitable. If you are a software developer you will spend all of your time cleaning up ill conceived code written by PhD Physicists. Software professionals are not given control of the development of major codes. Hence, the opportunities for advancement or even for visibility of a computer software developer are extremely limited. For the past 5-10 years the Lab has been rudderless. There is no clearly articulated vision or direction. As a result the Lab has been on an accelerating downward trajectory. The layers of management and stifling bureaucracy make getting even the most mundane things done a major effort. I have personally needed to walk 1/2 mile to find a functioning color printer. The performance review process is more or a beauty pagent than a real performance review. There is little connection between one's ranking and ones productivity.

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    Value the people who are doing the real work here. It's high time that software and the professionals who develop it are valued, recognized, and given control of software development. The Lab's posters tout that the Lab promises "a first class work environment to our employees". In fact the work environment here is third world. The office conditions are shameful. How do you expect to attract or even keep talent when your employees are forced to work in buildings with completely non-functional facilities? The Lab desperately needs a vision and direction. I'm not talking about a cute slogan but a real vision for growth and how to achieve that growth. In particular how does the Lab become competitive in the real world. Our cost structure is so out of line with the real world that we can not compete. This fact has been recognized for some time but nothing is ever done to address it. Finally, the Lab is fundamentally broken. Lots of fundamentally broken organizations have turned themselves around but that requires recognition that things are broken and a will to fix it. Currently the Lab has neither. In fact the opaque, multi-layered management structure here has institutionalized everything that is broken.

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