SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Current Employee - Information Systems Specialist in Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Information Systems Specialist in Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

SLAC has some of the smartest people around and the science accomplished is truly world class. In general, people are focused on collaboration. Being a Stanford employee the benefits are good. There is also a reasonable balance between work and the rest of your life.

Cons

Resources are always constrained and this often brings out both the best and worst in people. Intra department fighting over resources can be vicious. Empire building at the expense of others happens. Layoffs every other year are just par for the course.

Advice to Management

One Lab is a joke. The culture of collaboration has gone downhill in the last 10 years at SLAC. The infrastructure at all levels is simply awful and requires real investment, not just hand waving.

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    SLAC Computing Division is completely dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Weather in Menlo Park, California is great. Most of the staff and management at SLAC are extremely talented, hard-working, honest, and collaborative. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Since the new CIO came a year ago the Computing Division has been divided and is being progressively destroyed. He spends less than 2 days a week in the building where the Computing Division staff resides. He created his small core team and he only interacts with them. Leadership position interview panels have interviewers that do not understand the position qualifications or they are never asked for their opinion. He will just choose the one that will fall in-line with his tight group. There is no accountability for his small core team. Their deadlines are just blown through all the time. His team is more about marketing to Lab top level leadership than about really getting things done. They make arbitrary decisions without talking to the staff who actually know how things work. Outsourcing is happening even when it costs the Lab more and provides less support.

    He shares his OCIO Strategy with the Computing Division by placing a stack of "Strategy" flyers in the lounge. Allhands meetings are rare and he is yet to explain his vision or direction to the organization. There are empty "vision" slogans but no substance. Repeating a slogan doesn't make it so. Posters are placed all over the building telling us how to think and how to act. What does that remind you of?

    People that have spoken out against him have been laid off. SLAC's HR always supports leadership side of any conflict and the Lab Director has done nothing to help either.

    Don't work here if you want transparent, collaborative, positive leadership. You won't succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Take a comprehensive look at what is really going on in Computing Division and do something to help.


  2. Helpful (7)

    CIO Leadership Incompetent and Unethical -- A Lethal Combination

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    Current Employee - Computing
    Current Employee - Computing

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Smart people and good benefits.

    Cons

    The lab executive management, from top down to the middle, have their head in the sand. One of the pros is that smart people work at the lab, however, it is so poorly directed that the smart and competent mid-level managers and technical staff are unable to effect change. The Computing Division operates with smoke and mirrors. The CIO added a layer of upper management, decreasing the budget for technical staff members who could actually deliver services. This new OCIO layer consists of equally incompetent management who campaign well and deliver little. They are not above sabotaging others to achieve their personal agenda.

    The misuse of tax payers money, as funding is through the DOE, is atrocious and continues unchecked! If I were the DOE, I would take a deep look into the lab's priorities, practices, and spending, to include all the services being sent to Stanford for an increased cost to the taxpayers.

    The day-to-day work environment is toxic as the new head-in-sand management is allowing employee harassment, bullying, and favoritism to continue.

    Advice to Management

    Immediate change is needed in Infrastructure. Computing, and HR management. Look beyond the smoke and the mirrors.


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