Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
105 Reviews

3.4
105 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Still very good place to work, better when UC ran the place

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM

    Pros

    Salary & benefits, research opportunities

    Cons

    turning into more of a production facility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't become Rocky Flats south

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A highly dysfunctional, poorly managed organization with its best science & engineering in the past.

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    Former Employee - Technical Staff Member  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Technical Staff Member in Los Alamos, NM

    Pros

    New Mexico is great! Los Alamos is a historical place. Superb climate.

    Cons

    No longer strong in science and engineering; mostly just an outrageously overpriced "Beltway Bandit" type organization that does government services and environmental cleanup. Many scientists and engineers have left or been laid off. Has been poorly managed for many years, but things seem to be getting worse. Plagued with severe misogyny, integrity deficiencies, waste & bureaucracy, two many pointless layers of management, many poor supervisors and managers (stupid, incompetent, control freaks, bullies, mental ill, or some combination), an HR “Department” that is belligerent and sadistic beyond belief, and even pockets of racism. The town used to be quite beautiful, but two major wild fires plus inept county management have made it ugly. The town is isolated, dysfunctional, unfriendly, mean, boring, and kind of creepy. Lots of skin and eye damage due to uv at altitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LANL has no future and the U.S. does not need 3 nuclear weapons labs. Close up shop, clean things up, leave, and go find something you are actually good at doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    World Class Laboratory my ass!

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    Former Employee - Health and Safety Professional  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Professional in Los Alamos, NM

    Pros

    Los Alamos is a beautiful place.

    Cons

    The work culture is a culture of crap. They preach safety but do not support safety personnel efforts. I was a safety engineer who tried to implement their core safety values but they wanted me to look the other way. They also hire local drug addicts.
     LANL has ruined the environment and now the tax payers have to pay to have it cleaned up by out of state contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all need to communicate better with your employees and stop living in a code of secrecy. This creates a culture of mistrust and fuels gossip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place for a Summer Experience

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Los Alamos, NM

    Pros

    - Experienced mentors
    - Coworkers with varied backgrounds
    - Access to amazing technologies
    - Patient and knowledgeable supervisors

    Cons

    - With so many PhD's, it can be very overwhelming to summer students working on their bachelor's degree. However at the same time it is a great chance to network and learn about possible career paths!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Intern at LANL

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  White Rock, NM
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in White Rock, NM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, LANL is a wonderful place. One observation may be to invite more companies in a career fair type atmosphere for college interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great if your a PhD otherwise,,,,

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    Current Employee - Security Spec  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Security Spec in Los Alamos, NM

    Pros

    Good research laboratory for science.

    Cons

    Budget uncertainty, benefits not what they were,Incompetent Federal oversite..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont forget that you were once a low level worker, then again most of them probably never were.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunities, tight budget

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Programmer III  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Systems Programmer III in Los Alamos, NM

    Pros

    * Great opportunities for advancement and movement
    * Great people to work with
    * Most often, the best equipment you can get for the job (if you can provide a justification/business case)
    * All kinds of research being done, opportunities in many fields

    Cons

    * Very tight budgets for the most part
    * Very hard to get training
    * Haven't had training in a couple of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Knowledgeable employees, up to date on their field are important. Spend to money to make sure they are trained in their field, and you will find you will get a higher quality of work out of them. The DOE has tightened down on travel, but you could bring trainers here if necessary. Your people put out great work - you can make it that much greater by making sure they are current in their field. Fight for your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Job Enivronment

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Professional III  in  Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Professional III in Los Alamos, NM

    Pros

    Good pay and benifts. Many things to do after hours. Employeer is currently hiring.

    Cons

    A lot of people are leaving this employeer. This is causing many new open jobs. Politics is something that you will need to master at this employeer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    higher postdoc salary than universities

    Cons

    postdoc is not a real job

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