Los Alamos National Laboratory
3.5 of 5 97 reviews
www.lanl.gov Los Alamos, NM 5000+ Employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.5 97 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan

Charles McMillan

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Good pay and some of the benefits"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "too much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Located in a small town, not much to do around here off the clock"
    in 6 reviews
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    Great company to work for!!

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours
    Laidback workplace
    People are friendly
    Good management

    ConsNo cons about working here all around excellent company

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    A Quality Research Opportunity

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsExtremely intelligent staff, including some of the foremost researchers in their respective fields. Coworkers were friendly and supportive. Pay is very competitive.

    ConsLos Alamos is in the middle of nowhere. Expect to drive an hour to Santa Fe for even simple things like dining and shopping. Also, has all the major pitfalls of government funded research, namely: everyone is always concerned about funding, your chances of getting a permanent position depend on whether or not you can locate your own funding, and people are generally overworked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement does well considering the challenges they face. Not easy to get top-level talent to come to Los Alamos.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The mission is compelling

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people committed to important work

    ConsConstrained government funding makes long-range planning difficult.

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

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    Love/Hate

    Research Technologist I (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsFantastic location for outdoorsy people, high paying, great benefits, good work-life balance, relatively high potential for career growth depending on which group you work for

    ConsBureaucracy, dealing with people who have no incentive to work hard (and therefore do not work hard), scientifically isolated depending on which group you work for, easy to become complacent and waste important years in career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many problems to even begin...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cutting edge science and technology

    Program Management (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsAmazing research, innovation, and collaboration on the science side of the house. Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas. The pension plan was a great pro, but it is now a closed plan.

    ConsResistance to change, political based decisions, heavy oversight, attempts to govern by consensus, self-inflicted red tape and externally imposed bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not succumb to just maintaining the status quo.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    pretty bad

    Staff Scientist (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    Prosscience is very good, interesting work

    Constoo much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust. The place could never do a Manhatten project again. After private company took over, number of senior managers (associate directors and higher)
    went from 7 to 23

    Advice to Senior Managementreduce management by half. Reduce paperwork.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Aging dinosaur

    Research Scientist IV (Current Employee)

    ProsBasic science and engineering research benefits from an extremely large nuclear weapons budget, the chaff, of which, provides opportunity for the industrious researcher to pursue independent avenues of study. There are a number of large facilities, e.g. Roadrunner, LANSCE, WNR, and DAHRT, which provide the primary unique capabilities that Los Alamos National Laboratory has to offer.

    ConsThe mission of Los Alamos is to manage the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile. This is primarily an engineering and manufacturing activity, and this is reflected in the high level management structure. All resources and policies pertaining to risk management, compliance, security, personnel management, etc. derive from the Mission organizations and are pushed out into the supplicant Capability and Support organizations without consideration for their applicability. The Lab also has a bloated, senior level (Associate Director and above) focused, bureaucratic structure, where all authority resides. Mid-level management (Division and Group Leader) are left to mete out compliance and discipline policies, and the occasional 2% raise, thereby resulting a relatively poor morale environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard conversion from private industry to government R&D.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of people diligently working on tasks passionate to them

    ConsThe cold war is over and so is the interest and need of much of this laboratory. It is apparent in the 30+ year-old decrepit buildings and projects the workforce is dealing with. Morale is low, future uncertain.

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

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    Quality Assuance (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood pay and some of the benefits.

    ConsLack of concern for employees. Major accident after major accident and management doesn't seem to care or to learn from the repeated mistakes. Retirement is geared around forcing people to work to age 65. not for time of service. Housing in the local area is hard to find.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart protecting the whistle blower and people that are willing to stand up and say stop work and not punish them. Which include termination. New upper management comes in stirs the lower management to correct the issue that caused the issues in the first place. The same problem manager just stay in their jobs or find others. sometimes higher in the management chain. Just because you have a degree does not mean you can lead or manage people.

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

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    Many years, many places in the Lab

    Technical Staff Member (TSM) (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGreat if you like rural and want to be an important part of a very important mission.

    ConsRed Tape. Procurement is a 12 week ordeal. Engineering processes do not have to be so rigorous in non nuclear facilities, it just increases cost with no benefit. You just have to realize this going in to the workplace. Make sure the spouse likes Los Alamos before you move. Go to realtor.com before you move.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to pre-2006 management practices if this place is to survive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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