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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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    Excellent opportunity

    Chemist (Postdoctoral Fellow) (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsHealth benefits are quite good. Excellent access to instrumentation and expertise.

    ConsSalary is modest given the high cost of living of the East Bay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the salary for postdoctoral fellows.

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

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    Interesting place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing research going on. Great people to work with. Beautiful views. Wildlife can be interesting when walking around campus

    ConsFunding worries. Promoting from within difficult. Parking fills up quickly and you have no where to park.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great science and awful bureaucracy

    Graduate Student Research Assistant (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsAn outstanding opportunity to meet interesting people, learn a lot of things, and on the state of the art equipment.

    ConsToo much bureaucracy. If you are a grad student at UC Berkeley, the things often get even more complicated due to poor communication between the lab and the campus officials. Purchasing for the research needs through the lab might be a nightmare.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the efficiency of administrative processing related to human resources and purchasing for the research needs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Beautiful location but research environment could be more engaging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBerkeley (the city)! Its proximity to UC Berkeley is also a plus, since it makes it easier to collaborate.

    ConsVery distracting work environment (lots of noise).

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    Researchers out to steal other's ideas

    Postdoctoral (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsNice view of the bay.

    Looks good on your resume when you finally get sense and leave academia.

    ConsLong hours. As an ALS postdoc, I was treated as a cheap technician to be used by other researchers to work 24 hour shifts so they can take credit. When I had ideas of my own they were just stolen and worked upon by their students. Very little freedom to do your own thing. Was told of opportunities during the interview that never materialized.

    Huge amount of bureaucracy, politics, and hard to break through the establishment.

    Government shutdown always looming.

    Finally, there are people out there who just care about claiming credit and making a name for themselves, who have little talent and stand on the heads of others to be seen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of yourselves so fresh talent can come in. Stop treating grad students and postdocs as cheap technicians who are willing to work insane hours to make a name for themselves, and stop taking credit for their work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Berkeley Lab

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment. Interesting work and people. Many career development opportunities available to all. Definitely recommend.

    ConsPolitics. But what places does not.

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    Excellent place to work. Great job with great benefits.

    Senior Laborer (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA

    ProsThe history, the view, the people. Lots to learn and do.

    ConsNone that I can think of

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly dependent on your PI

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Berkeley, CA

    Pros+Pretty good benefits compared to lower tier biotechnology companies.
    +Renowned guest speakers.
    +Good cafeteria/cafe with rotating menu.
    +Various groups/clubs and events (Yoga, karaoke, tennis).
    +Very (very) nice view.
    +Highly dependent on your PI (funding, work-life balance, workplace environment).

    Cons-Getting paid less than market rate.
    -Very difficult to advance in this position.
    -Old buildings (depending on department).
    -Too secluded for a quick dash out for lunch.
    -Parking is hard to find.
    -Highly dependent on your PI (funding, work-life balance, workplace environment).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay for the work, good benefits

    ConsResearch changes with politics, so you switch projects even if you are not done

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore postdoctoral social gatherings. Have blood donar van come to Potter street

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    Senior Research Associate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work if you are interested in pursuing a career in research or academia. Interacting and learning from colleagues is a great experience.

    ConsPay is somewhat below industry standards

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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