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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
118 Reviews
3.5
118 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 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 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Los Alamos lab should be avoided.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. however retirement is age based more then time in service. The pay is better then what is available in the area, so people tend to stay, remain quiet and hope for the best.

    Cons

    Lack of commitment from management for safety. repeated people getting injured or near misses and hollow words to make improvement. firing people that speak out for safety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the way you do business, before DOE shuts you down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Going downhill...

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Provides very good benefits and a stable job.

    Cons

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

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    Unproductive work environment -- unstable funding and poor management led to poor project completion.

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    Former Employee - Scientist IV in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Scientist IV in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

    Possibility of doing physics research which cannot be done elsewhere.

    Cons

    Poor management at many levels, and chaotic priorities arising from unstable funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dismal morale could be slightly improved by empowering scientists to do work. Much of management activity is focused on hindering work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    LANL great depending on where you are

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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 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop living in fear of getting work done.

  7.  

    Great company to work for!!

    • Senior Management
    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
  8.  

    Can be a good place, my experience is horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Multidisciplinary environment, good work-life balance and great benefits

    Cons

    Poor career opportunity and career growth

  9.  

    My time at LANL was a great experience working on DOE projects.

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    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist III in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist III in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

    Job was a test of skils based on the fact the LANL made the atomic bomb for world war two, and I subcontracted and purchased materials to update the facility.

    Cons

    The Cons was getting to keep up with the changes in DOE procedures and in Oracle changes on a regular basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have liked to stay longer but my position time frame terminated. I had a two year contract and it was extended for another year and half.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A Quality Research Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent staff, including some of the foremost researchers in their respective fields. Coworkers were friendly and supportive. Pay is very competitive.

    Cons

    Los Alamos is in the middle of nowhere. Expect to drive an hour to Santa Fe for even simple things like dining and shopping. Also, has all the major pitfalls of government funded research, namely: everyone is always concerned about funding, your chances of getting a permanent position depend on whether or not you can locate your own funding, and people are generally overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does well considering the challenges they face. Not easy to get top-level talent to come to Los Alamos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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