Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
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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. Career track disappointing

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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)

    Pros

    important work with great colleagues

    Cons

    frustrating and sometimes embarrassing amount of bureaucracy and illogical rules and regs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great Experience

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

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (less than a 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
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  3. Very good place to work for postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

    LANL is a place where scientific staff members are devoted to supporting the career development of postdocs. Entire career support department and career fair are organized for that purpose. Salary is good and support for travel and purchasing books are excellent.

    Cons

    Bureacractic procedures in usual government organizations. As long as you know how to navigate the system and try to make arrangements ahead of time, this usually is not a big problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management takes too much overhead from scientific staffs. For the place to grow, it has to install a system to re-assign old staff members who are not doing research and mainly sitting on internal funding (with the postdocs being the workhorse in those projects). Only then can it free up resources to bring in and keep new talents.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Great company to work for!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Laidback workplace
    People are friendly
    Good management

    Cons

    No cons about working here all around excellent company

    Approves of CEO
  6. The mission is compelling

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people committed to important work

    Cons

    Constrained government funding makes long-range planning difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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.

  8. summer intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    good salary, know genius people

    Cons

    no entertainment, kind of dry there

  9. Amazing place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

    LANL provides for an exciting and cutting edge research environment!

    Cons

    Los Alamos is a bit of a boring town, but Santa Fe is great

    Recommends
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  10. Great Place for a Summer Experience

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    Former Intern - Research Fellow in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Intern - Research Fellow in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

    - Experienced mentors
    - Coworkers with varied backgrounds
    - Access to amazing technologies
    - Patient and knowledgeable supervisors

    Cons

    - With so many PhD's, it can be very overwhelming to summer students working on their bachelor's degree. However at the same time it is a great chance to network and learn about possible career paths!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Summer Intern at LANL

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in White Rock, NM
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in White Rock, NM

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

    Pros

    This a premier laboratory and it is a great place to maintain a career and it has many opportunities to develop. The area of NM is beautiful and throughout the various TAs the people are wonderful. This was my favorite government site that I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    The Los Alamos/White Rock area is full of great people and scenery, but it is kind of boring to live in if you are 18-30. Many people commute from Sante Fe. However, it is not a long drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, LANL is a wonderful place. One observation may be to invite more companies in a career fair type atmosphere for college interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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