Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
Charles McMillan
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Pros
  • Multidisciplinary environment, good work-life balance and great benefits (in 11 reviews)

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

Cons
  • I've seen that the small-town mentality can diminish some goals and passion of employees (in 9 reviews)

  • The amount of red tape is incredible (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Postdoc Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The lab has a lot of flexibility in terms of time management. My supervisors don't micromanage, which is nice. The salary is very competitive, and the resources and research facilities are highly impressive.

    Cons

    Since I started, the postdoc conversion process to full time staff has been difficult to understand and navigate. However, they are updated the process now, and giving postdocs (at least in my division) regular reviews and feedback that informs about chances for conversion after the 2-3 year postdoc contract.

    Advice to Management

    I think the posdoc review process will be very valuable for keeping postdocs informed about their conversion chances, or help to consider alternative job options. It would be nice if there wasn't such a strict 3 year limit on postdoc terms, in case a couple more months could help the postdoc transition into another job.


  2. Excellent place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Blanca of life and work

    Cons

    Nothing to say, nothing to do much around in town.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  3. System Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technologist in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Engineering Technologist in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I cant think of a better place to live and work than Los Alamos

    Cons

    Los Alamos is an expensive place to live and DOE regulates the top salary far below the standard. As if people should take a 30 to 40K cut in pay just to say they worked (past tense on purpose) for the DOE.

    Advice to Management

    If you can not compete for the best salary wise, how can you expect people to stay


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  5. Research Engineer

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, interesting people. Wonderful location. Many different opportunities.

    Cons

    Government red tape. Contract management company.


  6. Nasty cruft with a delicious gooey center

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing people, the best at what they do in physics, material science, chemistry, biology, and computer science.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy -- it could take you two weeks to get running on a LANL computer. It could take even longer to get accounts for the high performance computers. But once you're up in running, you're running faster than anywhere in the world. There's a lot of annoying training, rules, and regulations.

    Advice to Management

    Try to speed up the start up process a bit -- especially for new hires.


  7. Good place to work if you want to live in a small town

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Los Alamos is a nice place to live if you like quietness. If you have a very active nightlife, this place would be boring to you.

    Cons

    Los Alamos is a small town so if you have a stay-at-home spouse, there is not much to do. Well, unless you have a bunch of kids to take care of. If that is the case, Los Alamos is a good place to raise kids.

    Advice to Management

    When dealing with Postdocs, be honest regarding future hiring opportunities. Sometimes it is better simply ignore all the promises and look for job opportunities elsewhere.


  8. Average Workplace

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    Current Employee - CSP III in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - CSP III in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is Fair. Team players don't always get treated right.

    Cons

    Politics, Politics. Not cutting edge tech.


  9. Programming @LANL

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    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work choices, interesting people.

    Cons

    Long commute, Los Alamos is boring if you choose to live there.

    Advice to Management

    Support from management can be hard to come by.


  10. LANL Review

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    Current Employee - Financial Business Analyst in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Financial Business Analyst in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and salary for the area.

    Cons

    Not much room to advance and middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Needs Leadership Skills


  11. Hundreds of opportunities, little guidance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LANL is full of projects in dozens of different fields - if you hustle and focus on personal professional development, you really do have the chance to work on almost anything you want (within reason). The rank-and-file here tend to be open and egalitarian.

    Cons

    Management hasn't been able to decide once and for all if they are a research lab or a company, and we have too many layers of management and bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Drop two layers of management, and identify areas where we can be more risk-acceptant.



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