SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
78 Reviews
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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Laboratory Director Chi-Chang Kao
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cool, interesting, cutting edge science (in 8 reviews)

  • Fun work advancing human knowledge, working with smart people on hard problems is always rewarding (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • A number of non-scientific departments are allowed to be arbitrary, heavy handed and dictatorial (in 4 reviews)

  • HR and upper management are oblivious to management problems (in 4 reviews)

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    HR Business Data Analyst, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Pros

    The pros management was excellent and great and flexible if you where honest about your doctor appointments and provided documentation that is what I like because life can't function if you are not well.

    Cons

    The con's where I was hired through an excellent temp agency. There was nothing wrong with the agency or the company I worked per say, but the position ended due to budget cuts. When I worked through temp agencies it is what is harder as I rely on a steady income to provide for my household not this back and fourth no job for month and months or a year and then a job here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please when you hire a temp, just be honest about how long you want the contractor out there. Being a temp isn't easy and this what we are temps, but everyone deserve that stability in life correct times are hard but people that what to work also deserve to be treated with respect we don't want to be out doors and homeless.

  2.  

    Human Resource Data Analyst at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Contracted Through Peak Technical Staffing Agency

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Data Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Data Analyst in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Pros

    The pros of this position was that it was working for a government agency making excellent money over 20 dollars per hr and worth the commute. Further more after you are there for 90 days, they offer benefits through the temp agency you are working for including vacation as well as sick and so and. If the position end on a good note for whatever reason, then all those hours you get to keep if you ever come back in the future. The flexible hours are great including them working with you on dental and dr appointments

    Cons

    Nobody will every understand what it feels like to work as a temp and companies need to be more mindful that temps have families to feed as well and we want stability as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop giving temps a wild goose chase it is not rate and also be mindful people get sick and stuff as well

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun for a while...

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    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Pros

    Interesting for the first few years

    Cons

    Became mundane after a few years.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work here if you plan to retire in 2 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are a scientist, this is the place to be. Very good benefits like generous 401k matching and vacation. Salary ok.

    Cons

    If you are in operations, you will never feel further from the excitement of the science being done here. Layoffs seem to occur continuously. Poor quality management overall. No management strategy. High turnover of management. Aging IT infrastructure. Everything feels incredibly outdated. It takes forever to move projects forward here because many of the people you will work with are lazy or have outdated skillsets. If you care about what you do for a living, this place will eventually drag down on your soul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer mid level managers, more workers. Hire young people with passion and modern skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting fun place to work.

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting science. Decent work environment. Cutting edge science occurring. Great benefits. Access to Stanford facilities. Tools to get the job done are available. In addition, you get to work with some very smart folks.

    Cons

    Physicists rule the roost. Engineers are often seen as second class citizens. Management is mostly inept and often doesn't understand the technical complexities of what is being done by their minions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to morale. Listen to what your employees are saying. Value your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working at SLAC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Pros

    Laboratory was a decent place to work depending on the department and manager. Overall it was a good place to work

    Cons

    Some manager should not have been in the position they held, more concerned with their own careers than the good of the laboratory or the department

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging scientific environment

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great research. 4 weeks of vacation. College grant. Great benefits. Labs closes for 2 weeks around Christmas which gives a real break to everybody.

    Cons

    Great inequality in the distribution of work. Some work 60 hours a week under a lot of pressure while others take it easy. Career opportunities are scarce. Performance reviews have little effects on advancement or salary raise. Expectation to be always connected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage hard working people with real incentives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advance Science, Stone Age Mentality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge science, able to have a family work life balance, and being part of Stanford University are the best parts about working at SLAC. If you are a scientist, SLAC is heaven!

    Cons

    The lab operates inefficiently due to resistance to change. The pure research environment is at least 15 years behind the private industry. The diversity at SLAC includes predominately white and European male men. Inferior scientists are rarely laid-off, same as inferior managers. Very few managers on big projects are decent in management, so there are few options for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I encourage the lab director continues to purge a good portion of old management team, anyone who has not proven his or her effectiveness and are surrounded by ineffective lower management team as well. Sam advice for anyone who barely puts in half-a-day effort for a full-time job and pay.

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

    Fascinating science, dedicated researchers, insane management (not in a good way).

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the most interesting research in a variety of fields. Truly groundbreaking. Diverse, dedicated scientific staff.

    Cons

    Move away from the scientists and you run into some horrific managers. Controlling, vindictive--they'll label you once and write you off with no second glances or second chances. No opportunity for growth. Dead-end job anyway. Very high turnover in my particular area--so high it's starting to draw attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be seen as an "Employer of Choice," act like one.

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

    SLAC is good, but can get better

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    Current Employee - Student in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool, interesting, cutting edge science

    Cons

    hours are terrible, management could use some improvement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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