Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated June 27, 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. Great experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The materials team collaborates well, pursues relevant science and technology, and has extensive laboratory resources. The work-life balance is exceptional, and the work is rewarding.

    Cons

    My experience was very positive. I have heard from others on the team that the overhead burden makes it challenging to be successful on cost competitive projects.

    Advice to Management

    It would be very helpful to continue to identify ways to reduce the overhead burden to make technical teams more cost competitive.


  2. Amazing place to work; awesome benefits and the best scientists in their respective fields.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are the best in the field and the infrastructure is here to facilitate whatever experiments you can dream up.

    Cons

    National lab pace can be frustratingly slow. Government affiliation introduces a lot of paperwork and regulations. Every time Congress decides to act like a group of kindergarteners, shut-downs loom; even the threat of an impending shut-down can cost you months of time and effort.


  3. Career track disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    important work with great colleagues

    Cons

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


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  5. Very good place to work for postdoc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Great company to work for!!

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Laidback workplace
    People are friendly
    Good management

    Cons

    No cons about working here all around excellent company


  7. The mission is compelling

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people committed to important work

    Cons

    Constrained government funding makes long-range planning difficult.


  8. 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.


  9. 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


  10. Amazing place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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


  11. Summer Intern at LANL

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.



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