Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. Its fun, but kinda slow

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    Current Employee - Intern in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Alamos, NM

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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.

  3. 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
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  7. Good place

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Los Alamos, NM

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  8. 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.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Can be a good place, my experience is horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

  10. Great company to work for!!

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    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
  11. 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

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