Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
121 Reviews
3.6
121 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas (in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, however culture has shifted over the years (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Located in a remote, small town (may be a plus, depending on your preferences) (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Incredible scientific community with very interesting interdisciplinary projects.

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

    Los Alamos is one of the best DOE laboratories to work in science. The major advantage is the comprehensive research that can be done here, since the lab has a lot of infrastructure and expertise in all aspects of science. From theoretical to experimental scientists, the projects enjoy the whole spectrum of scientific endeavor.

    Cons

    One the major obstacles is the burdensome and crippling bureaucracy everywhere in the lab. Additionally, the overhead to bring in new funding is way higher than in many institutions, making it extremely difficult to get grants into the lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce management! There are way too many managers, which financially burdens the scientific community at LANL in form of overhead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people! Awesome view's of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range!

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    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large enterprise class network. Fast internet. Highly trained tech support. Small community up in the Jemez mountains with very little crime. Great hospital and best school system in the state!

    Cons

    Atmosphere has changed over the last 20 years. Very little espre de corps there any more. New guy's don't have any retirement possibility, just standard benefit's these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the do nothings, and the people who are retired in place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience depended on which project I worked on.

    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job depends on where you work.

    Cons

    When landing in a good position, you learn a lot.

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    LANL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    LANL has some very talented staff that does great work.

    Cons

    Talented staff is thwarted by bureaucracy which has increased overhead and decreased performance simultaneously. Rules are not employed uniformed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Double-dipping was NOT a good idea and has adversely affected people relying on the pension fund.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Lab, boring town

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was there for a summer internship. The research was very interesting, and that got me very motivated to do the work. I learned a lot that summer, it was one of my favorite research projects to date! My mentors and everyone in my group were all amazing people: very friendly and very smart, and they really cared about their interns. The pay was also very good, considering I was only an undergraduate at the time.

    Cons

    It's placed in a very boring, small town. There's one movie theater and a few restaurants and that's about it. If it wasn't for this I would have seriously considered returning to Los Alamos as a postdoc after my PhD. But I like big cities so for me that's a deal breaker. If you're OK with commuting everyday you could live in Santa Fe (a lot of people do!), but I find that would be too much of a haste for me.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work at. The people are really nice and try to guide you throughout your internship.

    Cons

    There are no negative comments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Like being a kid in a candy store, but you can only choose one candy.

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good holiday, vacation and sick leave with mild time flexibility in a small, rocky mountain town. Great ergonomic support, computer monitors and supercomputing opportunities. Many technologies to play with across a broad corporate structure. Significant training opportunities. Engineers and physical scientists are highly valued.

    Cons

    Approved software is greatly restricted. The town is too small and remote for most people, or at least most people's families. The culture values narrow specialists -- to be the best in the world at one small thing. Most people get type cast before they find that one thing they like, and have to stay in their original role. Most of the place runs on software with mild software engineering and a computer science phobia. Computer scientists will be lonely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High morale leads to hard work and innovation. Boost moral so people return to their late night work habits and world class research publications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not All It Could Be

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    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Mission oriented. Largely excellent teamwork. Wonderful natural surroundings. If in weapons work there is high job security (says a lot about human nature). Excellent area to raise children.Excellent community services. Lots of bright people. Great weather.

    Cons

    Poor pay and advancement for non-scientists. For-profit management appears to be adding to a perceived decline in worker morale. Dearth of decent restaurants in local area. Local government by well- meaning amateurs, some of whom take themselves too seriously..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't kill the Goose for the bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    15+ experience providing R&D and Nuclear Material Support.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, however culture has shifted over the years. There is opportunity to do some diverse work at LANL, everything from weapons research to bio science.

    Cons

    Support to do real science is often times a hold up. Promotions tend to come by who you know vs what you know.

  11.  

    Fulfilling Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The facility has developed an internship program that allows students to work directly beneath a mentor. The close connection between me and my mentor helped me develop my professional skills.

    Cons

    The town is small and everybody knows everybody. I've seen that the small-town mentality can diminish some goals and passion of employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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