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Interesting work, annoying bureaucracy

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great work life balance and good starting salary. Lots of interesting R&D work to pursue. There are opportunities to do research in many different areas, so an employee could potentially have many different careers while working there. The onsite health clinic is very convenient and same day appointments are available. There are also a lot of other services available to Sandia employees thanks to being located within an Air Force base. Layoffs are pretty much unheard of.

Cons

Inefficient government bureaucracy. Starting salary was good, but after a new compensation and performance review system was put into place, salary increases are not much, just barely above inflation. Good work is not really rewarded, and bad work isn't really punished unless it causes a major security or safety problem. Also, seems to be a glass ceiling if you don't have a PhD. Many people in upper management seem to value degrees more than experience. The Albuquerque area leaves something to be desired, but if you like living in a desert, then it's probably not so bad.

Advice to Management

Listen to the members of the workforce!

Other Employee Reviews for Sandia

  1. Some of the best people to work with anywhere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sandia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Highly professional, smart staff. Research scientists an engineers from top academic programs across the nation. Excellent work life balance culture. They walk the talk on work life balance because it creates healthy individuals who contribute at a higher level. The mission work and facilities to perform the work are without equal. The work here really matters.

    Cons

    Can feel bureaucratic due to layers of regulations, policies and security rules. However, these factors should be expected given the nature of the mission and work at Sandia. Patience and tenacity are important attributes.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the judgment of your very dedicated, committed employees and managers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good balance, great environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    healthcare, innovation focused, open to start-up leave, good pay

    Cons

    slow moving, tons of training (ladder training ??),definitely government position but still good.


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