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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.7 151 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Lab Director Paul Alivisatos

Paul Alivisatos

(63 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance, benefits, stimulating research environment, location, relaxed and friendly culture (in 8 reviews)

  • good work life balance, smart people(depends on the team) (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Extreme cost of living, and government bureaucracy (in 3 reviews)

  • No chance for promotion or recognition (in 3 reviews)

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    Fancy building, Close Collaboration, Cool Science

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorld-renowned lab, productive research environment,

    Consvery competitive, must do very good job to stay

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    Taught boss

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    Prosgood benefits nice weather and nice view

    Constoo much work no social life

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    A great opportunity to be introduced to engineering and research as student intern.

    Student Assistant (Former Employee) Richmond, CA

    ProsChance to participate in exciting research and work with interesting prototype devices.

    ConsWorking at the Richmond Field station was lonely and isolating and there was no easy access to food on or off campus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat culture, fantastic resources, good people

    ConsSometime one wonders what the strategic direction of the lab

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the best places to work in Science

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsVibrant city, diverse people and awesome research

    ConsHave been for 6 months.....couldn't find any cons

    Advice to Senior ManagementHaven't been long enough to go through the Management. The HR guys will try to make sure things go easy with you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, a lot to learn

    Computational Science Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsNice view, nice people, a lot of different things to research

    ConsLimitations of the government that makes impossible things that otherwise would be possible in a company.

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    Cool Place, Cool Research.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA great view and ~5000 people who are doing some great research.

    ConsDOE Funding and "How to Climb a Ladder" Safety Culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    In transition

    Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsThere is great access to new technologies here, especially with the new imaging center and beamline. Generally a good working culture in the life sciences, although heavy on older postdocs/project scientists. Plenty of access to UC Berkeley.

    ConsFunding is highly precarious at the moment, and DOE funding is basically gone for any life science research. Lab management is working on new strategies for the long term, but everything is in flux at the moment. Many researchers don't feel secure in their positions. Not much younger energy, and more people are leaving than being hired at the moment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    Research Scientist (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsGreat scientific environment. Exciting science going on, top class equipment.

    ConsFunding for projects depends mostly on political decisions, rather than scientific merit.
    They can get rid of you extremely easily if your project stops being supported, regardless of your performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should encourage career development, specially in young talented scientists. Unfortunately this is not currently the case .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Depends on Department

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsPrestige, location, salary, benefits, on-site services, health services on-sight, compensation package outside of salary, colleagues (peers)

    ConsInstitutionalized, middle management corruption, bureaucracy, few lateral opportunities, too many meetings, salary review process

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstigate 360` performance evaluations for staff with supervisory duties. Some managers are connected really well to important Lab administrators, all the while running their department notoriously poor creating a hostile work environment. As much as I love working at the lab, my manager has a reputation for being a tyrant, and because she is so well connected, there's no way to remedy the situation without retaliation. My entire department is mis-managed, and people outside the department know it - yet nothing can be done. This type of situation should be remedied, you loose, and will continue to loose good people for the sake of this one, oppressive, manager. Please reconsider your processes, people shouldn't be afraid to effect change with their managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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