Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Lab Director Paul Alivisatos
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Pros
  • good work life balance, smart people(depends on the team) (in 10 reviews)

  • Often many smart people and continuous access to smart UC Berkeley students that flow through (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • INSANELY expensive cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • Funding is highly precarious at the moment, and DOE funding is basically gone for any life science research (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great Place to do science

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    highly collaborative workforce who has excellent scientific and technical expertise. Engaging community and beautiful location. Freedom to work on innovative projects and ideas.

    Cons

    Difficult to get to by car unless you have a parking pass. Limited opportunities to advance or get recognition for work. Some internal politics at the managerial level can limit work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LBNL is the place to do basic science research, but also needs to be forward thinking in terms of innovation, commercializing new technologies, and recruiting and retaining employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Excellent Internship

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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    As a summer intern, I learned a great deal and regularly had opportunities to gain hands-on technical experience. I also had the opportunity to design my own experiment by the end of the summer, and I was asked back for a further summer internship.

    Cons

    My experience was so positive overall it's hard to come up with any "cons".

    Recommends
  3. Postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    Good and relaxing working environment

    Cons

    I did not find any yet

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  5. Very nice view of the bay While researching.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    My research was cutting-edge and the post-docs were nice.

    Cons

    English was not the first spoken language for some of the post-docs. Difficult to communicate sometimes.

  6. Great jov

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    Good people
    Good Pay
    The work is extremely engaging and interesting.
    A lot of employee benefits
    Berkeley is a fun place to live and work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the working hours get really long, just because the work is very demanding.
    Budget issues are prevalent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should offer undergraduates more opportunities in research, and actively provide training sessions. Keep doing what you are doing though, you guys are awesome.

  7. Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and working environment. I was fully included in all aspects of the research and never felt that I was less valued than those with higher degrees. Exciting and interesting research. Flexible scheduling. Training provided on-site.

    Cons

    Higher level positions require advanced degrees, especially PhDs. Since certain equipment and lab space is shared between groups, use of those devices/areas must be scheduled out in advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. it is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    the weather and the academic environment.

    Cons

    publishing papers with very high quality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Cutting edge research, nice work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tremendous research opportunities
    Good work-life balance
    Great team outings, retreats
    Opportunities for publications and attending conferences

    Cons

    Pay 35% below industry average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer competitive compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Graduate Student Researcher

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for research
    Good work environment

    Cons

    Not too many
    No real complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Academic research environment, expanding your personal knowledge is encouraged, friendly coworkers, physically beautiful site, perks of being associated with the University of California

    Cons

    Can't quite match private-sector pay, reliance on soft money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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