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Financial Analyst

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Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Albuquerque, NM
Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Albuquerque, NM

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

great work/life balance and nice benefits

Cons

government work so always politics to deal with

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    The culture is very different.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, vacation and work life balance

    Cons

    The people who have been here a long time

    Advice to Management

    More recognition


  2. Helpful (4)

    Good Place to Grow (for a few years)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist/Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist/Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible hours, 9/80 schedule, extended learning and conference time -Internal funding opportunities (LDRD) -Organization invests in people and develops their skills and abilities -Challenging and interesting work / research -Great outdoor opportunities, low taxes in NM -Beats the pants off of academic research: professional environment, decent compensation, worker safety. -You will be the "1%" in NM with your average salary. Easy to save money here. No pressure to keep up with the Joneses.

    Cons

    -Minuscule raises and bonuses: no financial incentive to work hard. -Can't retain star employees. Revolving door (3-5 yrs) for good people. -Organization increasingly lacks purpose, vision and direction since end of nuclear testing. -Internal research funding is all about who you know, not fairly awarded. Requires used car salesman tactics to get funded. -Too many managers and employees are terrible at their job. No incentive to excel, the only incentive is to avoid making safety/security/ethics mistakes. The best way to never make a mistake on the job is to never do anything! -Funding shifting from NNSA to competitive, soft money contract grants like a university. -Cost of doing business is SO HIGH that your contract bids / grant proposals are not competitive with your competition. SNL has priced itself out of the research market, soon the defense market. -Declining federal spending does not bode well for organization. -Stupid GPA hiring requirement turns away multitudes of excellent candidates. -Located in small city where it is difficult for two well educated people to both find good jobs. -Not much going on in city of Albuquerque. -Public schools are poor compared to CA, MA, NY, CT, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of problematic GPA hiring requirement, don't be afraid to fire worthless managers/employees, increase % of compensation as bonuses, lower cost of doing business so that we are competitive, try harder to retain talent. As funding shifts to competitive contracts/grants, costs need to come down. Otherwise, we are not able to compete. In particular, expecting us to compete with university research that costs literally 1/10th the amount we do (and doesn't have 1/4 the bureaucracy and security) is not a viable business model.


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