Sandia
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Updated Jun 22, 2014

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Sandia President Paul Hommert

Paul Hommert

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Sandia is the top location to work in Albuquerque.

    Student (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsHigher than average salary.
    Great benefits.
    Great work/life balance.
    Has a gym and fitness classes during the day.

    ConsCan't have electronics.
    Changes can be slow.
    Can't always have "fun" due to limitations in government allowances.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent

    Student Intern (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsIt was a great experience for any student. I gained a lot of experience and the schedules are very flexible around school.

    ConsThere is nothing I can think of.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at Sandia for over a decade has been a rollercoaster ride, has definitely had its ups and downs.

    Group Trades I (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsThere are many projects one can work on, so the work can be varied if you are willing to move from department to department.

    ConsRewards are few and far between and there has been a steady decline in benefits over my years there. The technologists and other technical staff have gotten raises of less than 1% over the last 4 years and the health plan deductibles have become unaffordable for the rank and file employees who do most of the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake Sandia Labs a desirable place to work again, by rewarding the employees with the wages and benefits they deserve so that you can attract the best people and keep them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Work-Life Balance- OK everything else

    Senior Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsFlexible work schedule, Overtime banks to vacation, Generally Good lower management, Lots of mobility within Sandia.

    ConsDeclining benefits and horrible raises. No real bonus structure if you go above and beyond. Senior management useless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to implement business models that failed in industry a decade ago

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Started off great, gradually got worse due to budget cuts that led to backstabbing.

    Principal Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsHad great benefits when I started in 1985. Most were whittled away over the course of my 22 years there.
    Had lots of flexibility with the freedom and resources to do good work when I first started. This became more limited and constrained over the years due to budget cuts.

    ConsConstant budget cuts caused employees to compete with one another over the same funding dollars.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have ideals of honesty and integrity; try living up to them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Internship

    Clerical Support (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsGreat pay and time flex

    ConsManagment was poor and tasks were unclear

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall positive experience especially after working in the private sector.

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsSatisfaction from work that contributes to the safety of our nation.
    Job security. Most people retire after working for 35 years.
    Great work/life balance.
    Most projects don't have deadlines, so you can concentrate on the quality. Most managers don't micromanage.
    On-site free doctors!!!!
    Free gym.
    You get 75% of you salary while studying towards MS degree full time. Similar perks for PHD program.

    ConsToo many unnecessarily and redundant projects/products to keep employees occupied.
    Education is valued much more than experience. Someone with MSEE and 15 years of experience will make less than a PHD with 0 experience.
    Minimum GPA requirement keeps a lot of talented people away.
    There is no desire or will to change. I was told by a very senior person, that until employees who have been with the company for 20-30 years retire, no changes can be implemented.
    There is no covered parking. Getting through AF security checkpoint can take as much as 30 minutes.
    Security is paramount. You are afraid to loose security clearance(=job) if something goes wrong.
    No personal electronics are allowed.
    Benefits are not as good as in the industry because of retirees who are on company's plan.
    There is no motivation to better yourself since you won't be rewarded for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a system where employees can contribute suggestion on improving policy and culture of the company. Be willing to implement it!!!!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, but not great

    Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsHigh productivity compared to similar labs
    Work is interesting and challenging
    Variety of sponsors
    Dynamic workplace
    Compared with other labs managed professionally

    Constoo much uncertainty
    work between groups is in a "silo"
    lack of clarity of mission and purpose
    lack of communication between managers and staff
    new HR system is a disaster

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine a clear sense of mission and purpose and focus on communication vertically and horizontally

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work with extremely talented technical staff in all engineering and science disciplines.

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsAddress very exciting Nationally important technical challenges.

    ConsOver time, bureaucracy continues to rise and inclusivity across levels continues to decline.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent and inclusive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting research areas, great people to work with

    Principal Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Albuquerque, NM

    ProsFlexible work-life balance
    Access to a wide range of top researchers

    ConsStatic compensation, little room for financial recognition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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