Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Lab Director Paul Alivisatos
Paul Alivisatos
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Pros
  • Highly dependent on your PI (funding, work-life balance, workplace environment) (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)

  • DOE Funding and "How to Climb a Ladder" Safety Culture (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good place for a postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    great resources, nice work atmosphere

    Cons

    few vacation days, very bureaucratic


  2. Student research intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    Great research facility, friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Internship program may require pointless assignments.


  3. Nice experience for short term stay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, brainstorm many days.

    Cons

    Slow working pace, government working style.


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  5. Good place for a carrier

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, employees get to learn and work on various projects on their down time at work. Great benefits and most people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Salary is to low for the area, not to many growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation overall 1.5% increase will not get us far, cost of living growing much faster. but especially for employees that exceed expectation, the salary bumps are ridiculously low.


  6. Intern Time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

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

    Pros

    Awesome environment to intern at with a wide variety of projects. The molecular foundry is an incredible building.

    Cons

    No real cons from my time spent there.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (1)

    Benefits good but low salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and stable jobs.

    Cons

    Very limited career growth for non-phD


  8. Great lab!

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    Current Employee - Research Scholar in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scholar in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

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

    Pros

    International working environment, amazing view over berkeley and SF, great people

    Cons

    Very specialized research, not much interaction with other departments


  9. Good place to work and learn

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    Former Employee - Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Top quality research, competent coworkers

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement, pay is good compared to academia, not enough given the area


  10. Research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    In general all of the scientists at Berkeley Lab are laid back, yet still involved in cutting edge research. The view of the bay is absolutely amazing.

    Cons

    Housing is quite expensive in this area but well worth making it work to be at LBL


  11. Physicist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Old management in divisions and departments are securing their jobs instead of peer acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Need to think why some program were cancelled.



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