Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Good company for long-term career in R&D

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Current Employee - Technical Staff Member in Los Alamos, NM
Current Employee - Technical Staff Member in Los Alamos, NM

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

Pros

Ability to do cross-disciplinary work on important national security problems. Ability to interacts with a lot of really smart people in a range of scientific disciplines. Pays well. Great outdoor opportunities.

Cons

Bureaucracy and paperwork required to 'get things done' have increased significantly in last few years. Cost of doing business is too high.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Really focus on cutting back on burdensome requirements; this would result in less of a need for oversight (and overhead funded) staff and would hence reduce costs.

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    Rewarding and interesting

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    Former Employee - Design Specialist in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Design Specialist in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities, a lot of new science

    Cons

    mid and upper level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let those who know do, shape up or leave.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Stable employment, but low satisfaction and morale

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    Current Employee - Program Management in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Program Management in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

    LANL is a long-time employer in the region and jobs tend to turn into careers. There are lots of opportunities for variety and enrichment for the very motivated. Salaries tend to be higher than market for similar work.

    Technical projects are beyond anything available in the commercial sector, which has both positive and negative aspects. When funding is available, work is very satisfying and challenging.

    The region is absolutely gorgeous, and much of the property is essentially wild. Several locations are remote, with the drives passing through or next to national parks areas. Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities. The community is somewhat small, but attempting to grow.

    Cons

    Business decisions are almost always driven by office politics and personality; the 'good old boy' network is still going strong. A few years ago, the company transitioned to a 'for profit' status, but the management environment seems not to understand what that means - the vast majority of middle managers are promoted from internal technical positions without external commercial experience.

    Individual success seems less based on achievement than acquaintance, with many actions taken based on perception rather than fact. Technical merits are given a backseat to marketing.

    Working on the most interesting technical problems tends to lock you in to the enterprise, as most results and even scope of work can not be communicated outside a classified environment. This is severely limiting.

    Finally, morale has hit bottom and begun to dig. Fraught with management and technical problems, the middle and upper management have seen fit to impose further restrictions on the work force in the form of forced work stoppages, increased training that is of little or no use, and compliance issues that make one wonder why we bother working at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Several enrichment programs have been suggested but ignored; most of these would dramatically increase worker retention and performance for very little cost. These include cross-training, provisions for team building away from property, engineer swaps & invited brainstorming, and more encouragement for external professional development.

    The current environment is fearful and antagonistic, with the work force seeking only to sustain, not excel. Drive excellence by promoting excellence rather than mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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