Sandia

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Research laboratory that has a lot to offer, with some significant drawbacks

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Former Employee - Intern in Albuquerque, NM
Former Employee - Intern in Albuquerque, NM

I worked at Sandia full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Everyone at Sandia is smart. Everyone. People here are passionate and love to come to work. The projects at Sandia make a difference, and the mission space is what keeps people here.

Also, work-life balance is a major priority at Sandia. Your manager will not ask you to do overtime without pay. For the majority of positions, overtime is uncommon. Sandia believes that work-life balance is important, all the way from line managers to senior executives. That is a rare quality in a company and should not be underestimated.

Cons

There are significant drawbacks to working here: security clearance and salary. A lot of hires will need to obtain a security clearance, which is more than a small headache. At the same time, your salary will be less than what you could earn in industry. Dr. Hommert has expressed his opposition to staying competitive with industry employers.

These two factors mean that the people who work at Sandia do it for the love of what they do, rather than the desire to comparatively "sexy" industry projects. It should be noted that a salary at Sandia will be more than enough to afford the Albuquerque area, but then again Albuquerque is a smaller city.

Oh, and there is a lot of paperwork. Unless you've worked for the U.S. government, you have no idea how much paperwork there is.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Drop the requirement that members of the technical staff possess a master's degree to work here. Raise pay closer to industry levels. Although the people here are great, it takes a while for industry trends to land at Sandia because of low turnover levels and high barriers to entry at the company.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Good overall company environment, good benefits, interesting work, bad training/management, over worked

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    Former Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Intern in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting work, really cool tours
    - Good benefits
    - Sandia overall has a good environment
    - Work with good co-workers
    - Well known company, good resume builder

    Cons

    - Horrible job training (especially for business interns)
    - My department treated interns as if they were full time employees right away, giving interns way to much responsibility up front
    - Bad mentors, I had one who didn't want to deal with me at all
    - They expect high quality with unrealistic high quantity
    - Can't showcase any work done at Sandia when looking elsewhere
    - Push employees as much as possible until they can get as much as they want out of you
    - Always receive negative feedback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees better. Do not just train on security protocols and the Sandia culture, train employees for their specific job. Also, understand if you create a more employee friendly environment you will have less turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Just Ok

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerical Support in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Clerical Support in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are ok. If you enjoy working with Type A personalities

    Cons

    Benefits could be better
    Raises are not performance based
    Some positions are union

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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