Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 1, 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. I was a student intern

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    Former Employee - Research
    Former Employee - Research
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people there are brilliant and passionate. The lab is a one of a kind place to work. It is also located in an incredibly beautiful part of the country. Nature lovers paradise!

    Cons

    If you don't have a ph.d. you might get looked down upon in some of the research groups. This culture is prone to change.

    Advice to Management

    Please remember that summer interns need your help. They can not complete their job if they are left unattended. Word.


  2. Fulfilling work for national and international security.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff of the Laboratory are outstanding - you get to work and network with brilliant people. There are opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and programs of very high importance. Benefits and pay are good. Excellent location in the mountains - if you like outside activities and open spaces. Good work/life balance and family-friendly.

    Cons

    A bureaucratic environment can make it take a long time to get things done, like employment processes, building repairs, and purchasing. Lots of paperwork and approvals are often required. Some managers seem to have a difficult time supporting their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees by allowing lower level management and employees to make decisions and then trust them to do their jobs.


  3. Good

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    Current Employee - Post-baccalaureate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Post-baccalaureate in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work times Good relaxed environment

    Cons

    Long startup time (takes several months to start real work.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice at this time. I believe management is doing en excellent job.


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  5. postdoc work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    great scientists, high salary for a postdoc job

    Cons

    far away from large city


  6. Summer Intern at LANL

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in White Rock, NM
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in White Rock, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Amazing place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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


  8. summer intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good salary, know genius people

    Cons

    no entertainment, kind of dry there


  9. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  10. The mission is compelling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Great company to work for!!

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours Laidback workplace People are friendly Good management

    Cons

    No cons about working here all around excellent company



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