Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
106 Reviews
3.4
106 Reviews
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
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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 10 reviews)


Cons
  • too much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management lost in terms of helping the employee (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Los Alamos Review

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    Former Employee - Quality Assuance  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Quality Assuance in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and some of the benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of concern for employees. Major accident after major accident and management doesn't seem to care or to learn from the repeated mistakes. Retirement is geared around forcing people to work to age 65. not for time of service. Housing in the local area is hard to find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start protecting the whistle blower and people that are willing to stand up and say stop work and not punish them. Which include termination. New upper management comes in stirs the lower management to correct the issue that caused the issues in the first place. The same problem manager just stay in their jobs or find others. sometimes higher in the management chain. Just because you have a degree does not mean you can lead or manage people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 for 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
  3.  

    Love/Hate

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    Former Employee - Research Technologist I  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Research Technologist I in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic location for outdoorsy people, high paying, great benefits, good work-life balance, relatively high potential for career growth depending on which group you work for

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, dealing with people who have no incentive to work hard (and therefore do not work hard), scientifically isolated depending on which group you work for, easy to become complacent and waste important years in career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many problems to even begin...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Cutting edge science and technology

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    Current Employee - Program Management  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Program Management in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Amazing research, innovation, and collaboration on the science side of the house. Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas. The pension plan was a great pro, but it is now a closed plan.

    Cons

    Resistance to change, political based decisions, heavy oversight, attempts to govern by consensus, self-inflicted red tape and externally imposed bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not succumb to just maintaining the status quo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Many years, many places in the Lab

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff Member (TSM)  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Technical Staff Member (TSM) in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great if you like rural and want to be an important part of a very important mission.

    Cons

    Red Tape. Procurement is a 12 week ordeal. Engineering processes do not have to be so rigorous in non nuclear facilities, it just increases cost with no benefit. You just have to realize this going in to the workplace. Make sure the spouse likes Los Alamos before you move. Go to realtor.com before you move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to pre-2006 management practices if this place is to survive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn from intelligent mentors; however things take too long to get done.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As a young scientist, it's a great community to learn from. There is a considerable amount of job security--even as an intern. And, you can take every other Friday off!

    Cons

    The structure of the lab makes it difficult to get tasks completed in a timely manner. Living in the city of Los Alamos is extremely dull.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the scientists focus on the science.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I enjoyed my time at LANL as a student intern and I learned a lot of useful skills.

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician Student Support  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician Student Support in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern for more than 5 years

    Pros

    My mentor was very hands on and he taught me a lot over the course of my time at LANL.

    Cons

    The work I did had very little to do with the degree I was seeking, but the skills I learned are still very useful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A so-so place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Time and life balance is great.

    Cons

    Soft money is going away - makes it hard to recommend LANL as a place to work. Can be tough to remain at the top of your profession, there is not a lot of support for professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Once a paragon of scientific endeavors, now just a jobs program

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    Current Employee - Middle Management  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This laboratory was once a beacon of strong scientific work. Many scientists of repute wanted to work at the laboratory.

    Living in Northern New Mexico is a truly great experience. And the Dept. of Energy still assists in keeping the local schools competitive with the best nationally.

    Cons

    The laboratory is raping the scientific programs to maintain its position as a jobs program for Northern New Mexico. Bloated management and even more bloated support structure that is immune to budget issues. Those are borne by the scientific staff.

    Bechtel has turned the place into a site for rotations of their management members. They come for a few years, refuse to live in Los Alamos and after reeking havoc for a couple of years, return to the mother ship.

    The schools are falling apart to maintain salaries that are among the highest in the state.

    This organization cannot propose a major activity and complete it within schedule and budget. And this mindset has permeated the entire laboratory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop ripping off your employees for the benefit of the lab contractors. The saddest day in this lab's history was when management decided to become a for-profit organization. Now it is all about the fee and profit, not the excellence of the work being done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lifetime employee

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High caliber peer group. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Low caliber management. Incredible bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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