Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
174 Reviews
3.6
174 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Lab also encourages work/life balance far more than almost any other comparable job (in 28 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people working there - lots of higher degrees (masters & Ph (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Beware: you will drown in red tape which comes first over science (in 13 reviews)

  • Slow to change because of older employee base but they are changing (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Department Head

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    Current Employee - Department Head in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Department Head in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, great science, tools are cutting edge.

    Cons

    Infrastructure & facilities crumbling due to budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The outside managers, brought here by DOE in 2007, don't appear to be all that exceptional.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people and opportunities, but funding uncertainties

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    interesting colleagues, important work, good work life balance, great location in Northern California

    Cons

    at times focus feels almost entirely on finding funding, upper management seems out of touch with reality being dealt with by the work force, seems upper management top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the real mission of the lab rather than propping up a sometime bloated bureaucracy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    The people, management and opportunities

    Cons

    Compensation, culture, flexibility, work-life balance, Education opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good entry level compensation. Lots of resources.

    Cons

    Location. People get moved away from lower priority projects to work on NIF.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun but can be disconnected from applications

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of data and good research environment. Decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Government/National laboratory complex does not necessarily know where it fits at all times --- searching for problems. Depending upon the team project it can be hard to find support for publishing research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cog in a machine

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    Former Employee - NIF Operations in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - NIF Operations in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, not great, but decent. Had to work a lot of overtime

    Cons

    It's in Livermore, which is literally in the middle of nowhere. Good for a family man, but not me fresh out of college, and looking to experience life. Hours were long, management is hypocritical, not my place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees incentive to perform, make the culture and environment more friendly to younger generations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Megacorp Policies with Government Regulations

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, beautiful campus, interesting things to work on (outside of IT), good (low level) management

    Cons

    Terrible portable buildings for many workers, frustrating and enigmatic security policies, complicated political battles and territorial squabbles, nowhere to go professionally, tendency to offload employees to contractor positions, uncommunicative management, confused technical direction (in IT)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great summer intern opportunity for lots of growth and learning.

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The location is amazing, pay is great, people are very friendly, amazing benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, which isn't much of an issue as an intern, but I'm told it gets worse the more you hit it. The secured campus makes it hard for any family to come visit your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide the guidance to interns that you are!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Still a Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Business Specialist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Business Specialist in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Science in the national interest, worklife balance, love my job!

    Cons

    Salary increases were a challenge because of federal government budget issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much middle management and more need for SME's and individual contributors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job I've had, by far, but still a couple things that frustrate me

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Real purpose. The work we do here isn't to increase revenue by a penny or two. We are literally saving lives.
    2) Challenging. Because our work matters, this place only hires the best, and we all take our jobs very seriously. It's an honor to be among the best, and I regularly find my coworkers pushing me to grow and improve.
    3) Work-life balance. While there are times where I come in early or stay late to complete a project, I am never pressed to make that a practice. Soccer during lunch, great benefits. Massages when I get sore. Plenty of time off.

    Cons

    1) Bureaucratic. It seems to always take longer than expected to get things done. This is my biggest frustration.
    2) Old school mentality. I actually see this changing, so its much less of a con than when I came on board a few years ago. But resistance to change into a 21st century enterprise does still exist in some pockets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward speed and initiative, and embrace change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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