SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

  www.slac.stanford.edu
  www.slac.stanford.edu
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Fun - throwback to another time

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Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

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

Pros

Being an employee of Stanford; beautiful setting; some very smart people; very laidback; everybody friendly and mostly helpful; Buildings out of the 1960s, many do not meet ADA and the décor is cast-off Salvation Army/ Good Will, but eccentrically quaint

Cons

the relationship with Stanford is a positive experience that with the DOE awful, procedures and forms layer upon layer; very hard to move forward; Many people in key positions have been there their entire careers and have wives, children, nephews etc. all working there; key people from outside almost always come from government or other labs and are just as backward; There are no big bonus structures or Pay for Performance; a 7% bonus is considered earth-shattering; Raises are small and generally the non-scientific staff are below market rate; many of the business procedures are from another time, say 50 or 60 years ago

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Need to crank up the Stanford relationship and Work For Others; Need to up the bar and clean house especially in IT and some of the Admin areas

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    One of the best experiences

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    Current Employee - Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great mentors. People are happy to help. Free Gym. Soccer during lunch time everyday. Shower available.

    Cons

    Sometimes, mentors could be too busy with meetings and conferences that availability is limited.
    Most of job openings are for PHD + level or 5+ year experience; therefore, interning here doesn't usually imply a full-time offer.

    Recommends
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Doing good work with good people but bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Pros

    Fun work advancing human knowledge, working with smart people on hard problems is always rewarding.

    Cons

    Both academic and government bureaucracies stifle innovation, and upper management is often not concerned with what is actually happening on the ground.

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    No opinion of CEO
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