Los Alamos National Laboratory
3.5 of 5 97 reviews
www.lanl.gov Los Alamos, NM 5000+ Employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.5 97 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan

Charles McMillan

(40 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Good pay and some of the benefits"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "too much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Located in a small town, not much to do around here off the clock"
    in 6 reviews
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    Going downhill...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsUsed to have a campus environment, but now is corporate.

    ConsMost of the qualifications held are self - made for management positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow national standards in all technical and managerial positions. Stop allowing old timers to invent their own position with lax quals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place for applied science

    Scientist IV (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsGood colleagues, nice place to live, beautiful setting, good compensation, good job security. Los Alamos is a safe community, and the people are highly educated. The schools are good.

    ConsIn the past, there was considerably uncertainty to working at the lab because of a string of safety and security issues. Over the past eight or ten years, these problems seem to have subsided. If you are of a very theoretical bent, you might be happier at a University.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice. They're doing a good job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProvides very good benefits and a stable job.

    ConsThere is a large amount of bureaucracy - hard for good science to get done quickly.

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    never work there before but i hope to have a great experience working there.

    Part Time 3D Printing Technician (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proswell, i love graphics so what can i say, " who would not want to work the graphic field." it just creating an image that communicates visual picture.

    Consi guess it would be the printing, there really is not any Cons when it comes to computer graphic. it is really easy work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLife is easy, so take your time with everything you do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work in spite of itself

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsThe benefits are great. Very good healthcare, dental, vacation, holidays and retirement. Plus a really good fitness center with great exercise classes. The Lab has some of the smartest people in the world working there and you can learn things that you can't get elsewhere. There are lots of potential for collaboration to do some really cool science.

    ConsThere is too much paperwork and bureaucracy. One of the biggest barriers to doing science is the very high overhead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management is too focused on weapons research. While that may be where the money is now, there will come a time when that goes away. The Lab needs to diversify its research to tackle other problems related to national security. While there are some efforts at diversification, there isn't much support for program development outside of the Lab's core mission.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Its fun, but kinda slow

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    Pros-Friendly people
    -Interesting projects
    -Good pay
    -Beautiful Location

    Cons-Bad Location
    -Can be slow hearing from people in other departments
    -Can be difficult to locate problems with permissions on computers

    Advice to Senior Management- Streamline a way to find who you are looking for within the company, often it is difficult to find the contact info for whom you are looking for. Also the communication between staff and interns is very poor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Former Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    ProsSalary and benefits. I liked the location and talking to so many talented people around. Opportunity for growth if desired.

    ConsA lot of training, paperwork and etc., which takes a lot of time from doing science. Big overheads. Many buildings are in poor condition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    LANL great depending on where you are

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay, Benefits, Workload. If you have a family that takes a great deal of time. This is the place.

    ConsUpper management lost in terms of helping the employee. Let us work don't drown us in paper work!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop living in fear of getting work done.

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    pretty bad

    Staff Scientist (Current Employee)
    Los Alamos, NM

    Prosscience is very good, interesting work

    Constoo much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust. The place could never do a Manhatten project again. After private company took over, number of senior managers (associate directors and higher)
    went from 7 to 23

    Advice to Senior Managementreduce management by half. Reduce paperwork.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Can be a good place, my experience is horrible

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMultidisciplinary environment, good work-life balance and great benefits

    ConsPoor career opportunity and career growth

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