Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.4 105 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan

Charles McMillan

(43 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas(in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay and some of the benefits(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • too much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust(in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management lost in terms of helping the employee(in 7 reviews)

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    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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    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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    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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    Great place to learn from intelligent mentors; however things take too long to get done.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsAs a young scientist, it's a great community to learn from. There is a considerable amount of job security--even as an intern. And, you can take every other Friday off!

    ConsThe structure of the lab makes it difficult to get tasks completed in a timely manner. Living in the city of Los Alamos is extremely dull.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the scientists focus on the science.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoyed my time at LANL as a student intern and I learned a lot of useful skills.

    Mechanical Technician Student Support (Former Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsMy mentor was very hands on and he taught me a lot over the course of my time at LANL.

    ConsThe work I did had very little to do with the degree I was seeking, but the skills I learned are still very useful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A so-so place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTime and life balance is great.

    ConsSoft money is going away - makes it hard to recommend LANL as a place to work. Can be tough to remain at the top of your profession, there is not a lot of support for professional development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a paragon of scientific endeavors, now just a jobs program

    Middle Management (Current Employee) Los Alamos, NM

    ProsThis laboratory was once a beacon of strong scientific work. Many scientists of repute wanted to work at the laboratory.

    Living in Northern New Mexico is a truly great experience. And the Dept. of Energy still assists in keeping the local schools competitive with the best nationally.

    ConsThe laboratory is raping the scientific programs to maintain its position as a jobs program for Northern New Mexico. Bloated management and even more bloated support structure that is immune to budget issues. Those are borne by the scientific staff.

    Bechtel has turned the place into a site for rotations of their management members. They come for a few years, refuse to live in Los Alamos and after reeking havoc for a couple of years, return to the mother ship.

    The schools are falling apart to maintain salaries that are among the highest in the state.

    This organization cannot propose a major activity and complete it within schedule and budget. And this mindset has permeated the entire laboratory.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop ripping off your employees for the benefit of the lab contractors. The saddest day in this lab's history was when management decided to become a for-profit organization. Now it is all about the fee and profit, not the excellence of the work being done.

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

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    Lifetime employee

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh caliber peer group. Nice environment.

    ConsLow caliber management. Incredible bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTalented/smart colleagues. Lots of opportunities to learn. People work hard and play hard.

    ConsIf you have a family, it might be hard for your spouse to find a job there unless he/she has right skills for the lab.

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