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It is Awesome.

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Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Research Associate in Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Pros

It is a great place to work. The reputation of the Laboratory is given. Opportunities for many of cooperations. A place that many things happen! The working conditions are very good indeed.

Cons

Some old buildings; Most of the non-scientific employees are usually substandard, impolite and lazy, they are not willing to cooperate unless their supervisor give them direct orders. Sometimes this can get really annoying.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mechanical Engineering

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Specialist  in  West Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Specialist in West Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Pros

    Very laid back and super relaxed work environment. Alot of exciting science experiments going on all the time. Very friendly nice people work at SLAC. Its probably one of the easiest places you'll ever work as far as pressure, deadlines, etc... Although much slower than other places, you will learn quite a bit about vacuum design.

    Cons

    If you are the type that makes a comment when you drive by a construction site because you see one guy digging a hole and 5 guys watching, then don't apply. Welcome to that construction site. There are SO many people in SLAC that tremendously over analyse every thing you design that you are not really designing anything. You are basically just a CAD jockey. They discuss to death the size of a radius or red tone of a safety cover, etc... Its actually quite amusing and that's how you have to deal with it or you will lose your mind. SLAC worries so much about Stanford's reputation that it often gets in the way of very simple decisions in the real world. Anyway, if you like the country club, slow underchallenged pace where you get treated very well, gets lots of holidays and breaks, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With this recession it has given you the opportunity to hire top level people for low level jobs.
    The pay is what I made 12 yrs ago as a very jr designer and the job is completely unchallenging.
    Management should get to know what their people are actually doing and not just sit in meetings all day and talk about their 500hrs of vacation time. Hire less people and give the ones you have better responsiblility. Its quite the opposite problem than at most places.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Lab, but need better management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Interesting research.

    Cons

    Bloating managment personnel. The managment in the Lab was uncapable to bring down the cost for doing science. Instead they kept increasing the overhead to hire more non scientific staffs. The missed the core value of the Lab. This problem was becoming very severe during the term of the past director, Drell. Hopefully, it would be changed with the new director.
    High living cost in the surrounding area. When this is taken into consideration, the pay is a bit low.

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