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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
141 Reviews

3.6
141 Reviews
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Bill Goldstein
11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • interesting colleagues, important work, good work life balance, great location in Northern California (in 16 reviews)

  • get to work with cutting edge technologies, very intelligent people (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes you have to deal with a whole lot of red tape and infrastructure (in 8 reviews)

  • Slow to change because of older employee base but they are changing (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work-Life Balance = 5, Chance for advancement and raises = 0

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Depending on the department you work in, flexible hours and a 9/80 schedule are big pluses.

    Cons

    Zero chance for advancement. People stay here for 35 years; many doing the same thing they were originally hired on to do. There is a great deal of favoritism by management. They know years in advance who they might promote if someone dies or retires. They will lead the other employees on letting them think they have a chance just so they won't quit. Raises are laughable and salary freezes are common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees. Don't make them jump through hoops to try to get ahead and then laugh behind their backs at their futile efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful mission but...

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    Current Employee - Mid Level Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Management

    Pros

    Great people, exciting work, great place to live

    Cons

    Archaic approach to business; unbelievable stovepipes across the lab; "what's in it for me?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acting like one lab

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I interviewed for a position recently

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    Current Employee - Contract Administrator  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Nice group of people. They seemed organize. Well spoken professionals.

    Cons

    Slow hiring process. The facilities are outdated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Boring but pleasant

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Great technology, good co-workers, laid-back environment

    Cons

    Hyper-security focus, stifling bureaucracy, humorless management style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google it up. Give us free orange juice and croissants, add a decent gym, etc. Cheap investments in a positive work environment would make a big difference. Grey undecorated walls and ugly carpets are a drag.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, engaging projects, but bureaucracy, budget cuts, and bad management are signs of tough times ahead.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Really smart people solving really tough problems. Lots of opportunities to work on really cool projects.

    Cons

    Management is not addressing and communicating key issues to employees. Parney was just removed because he was looking out for the employees. Budget cuts, salary freezes, and a sense of being stuck in the past are all bad signs for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage your younger workforce or they will start leaving to the private industry that is growing faster by the year in the bay area!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, flexible work hours, casual environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, complex environment with little ability to think outside the box

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No recognition of non-technical people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some Good people horrible upper management

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    Former Employee - Health & Safety Tech  in  Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Health & Safety Tech in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits, that's about it, easy to slack off and do nothing while getting paid.

    Cons

    Management has no shared vision hostility between projects no sense of teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to be a for profit company hire some business pros and let scientists be scientists not managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Generally fair, highly dependent on your working group dynamic and their funding situation

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    Current Employee - Design Physicist  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Design Physicist in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Friendly and generally supportive environment.
    Flexible schedules.

    Cons

    1.9% salary raise last year, and none so far this year. No bonuses unless you receive an award from your division, and you can estimate that to be $100-$300.
    Lots of red tape and politics.
    Too many meetings - it is hard to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers are excellent, but there are just too many managers and that makes it harder to get anything approved. Please hire more young people instead and work on creating an effective mentoring program so that you retain them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Incompetent Management. Excellent work challenges.

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager  in  Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Incredibly interesting unique challenging work

    Cons

    Management are narcissists and are inexperienced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get experience and stop hiring incompetent narcissists

  11.  

    Administrative Specialist IV

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist  in  Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Good work experience including benefits, work hours. This organization believes in training and there are so many options in transferring to other departments without question.

    Cons

    Being a federally funded government agency relied on Washington DC budget and budget constraints.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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