Sandia Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional environment, job security, autonomy, interesting projects, work with very competent teams/individuals

    Cons

    Security clearance limitations, better negotiate good salary (raises come slowly),

    Advice to Management

    Sandia is exceptional, so to attract and keep the best talent, don't target the average salary of general industry

  2. Sandia

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work/Life Balance, Good sick leave policy, Flexible work hours. Salaries comparable to general industry.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, old boy network. The new Total Compensation policy has lowered salary ranges to industry average even though Sandia boasts it hires the best and brightest and holds its employees to a higher standard in order to maintain security clearances. The pension has been eliminated and Albuquerque really isn't a very nice town.

    Advice to Management

    The management seems to be more interested in the short-term profit gains which result in bonuses to the executive management at the expense of the overall health of Sandia Corporation in the long run. The new salary changes have left little reason for young professionals to want to work here for their entire career. They are better off staying a couple of years then exploring other opportunities.

  3. The Best place for a Software Engineer to work in Albuquerque

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good salary relative to cost of living
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Promotion criteria is not consistent across the company

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the stack and rank system

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  5. Great research environment, but subject to government whimsy.

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    Former Contractor - Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Contractor - Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of smart people looking to collaborate and leverage budgets.

    Cons

    Research funding and the federal budget calendar always an issue; onerous levels of paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time removing obstacles for researchers so they can do research.

  6. A play ground for engineering and technology staffed by really smart people.

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    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good work life balance currently. The ability to purchase an extra week of vacation is nice. The benefits are competitive and the pay is good for the location. There are good career promotion avenues if you are willing to look for them.

    Cons

    The benefits keep getting cut, like they will not pay for tuition fees in their tuition program anymore, they have reduced the total amount of flex time that a salaried employee can earn no matter how much s/he works, and end of year ranking system is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your mid-level management and reallocate the distribution for the end of year rankings.

  7. I worked at Sandia for 11 years as a researcher.

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    Current Employee - Principal Member of the Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Principal Member of the Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Sandia has a huge variety of projects and a lot of mobility within the company. If you know what you want to do, there is a decent chance that you can figure out how to do it.

    Cons

    There is a fair amount of Dilbert-flavor activity, typical of any large company. Upper management is primarily motivated to minimize safety or security incidents, rather than promote breakthroughs and research success, so bureaucracy can be stifling at times.

    Advice to Management

    Lay off low-performing employees.

  8. Extremely socially conservative workplace

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sandia Labs is one of the very few high paying employers for Albuquerque (if you really want to live there).

    Cons

    Extremely socially conservative among the technical ranks. Diversity is decreasing. If you are from the military, you may like it here. Women, people of color, non-Christians, and liberal thinkers are all put down.
    You will also have to put up with polygraphs, frequent drug testing, random searches of your car and person, high levels of security. Frankly, it's not worth it. If you have the ability to work somewhere else, go there. The pay and benefits are good for Albuquerque, but you can do much better in other states.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more outside managers to decrease insularity of Sandia management. Listen more to your staff and less to first level management.

  9. Great

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    Current Employee - Student in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Student in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful culture, great compensation.

    Cons

    Limited growth, slow business environment due to government

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great work/life balance, great people to work with, and challenging/exciting problems to solve

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sandia is an excellent place to work if you enjoy solving challenging problems and relish furthering your technical knowledge and expertise. Sandia has a great work-life balance and offers both a standard 40 hour schedule as well as a 9/80 schedule. The people you work with are very knowledgeable, and the culture is such that most individuals are more than willing to discuss your problems with you and aid you in formulating a solution.

    Cons

    The manner in which performance reviews are conducted is probably the largest con to Sandia. Performance reviews are done on a 1-5 scale. According to Sandia policy, 50% of the labs must receive a 3 and 10% must receive a 2. Additionally, in many organizations, performance reviews are not at all based on "performance", but instead based on office politics and/or how well your manager likes you.

    Sandia is a great place to work for Engineers and Scientists. For business, accounting, finance, etc. majors, there are significant problems in this area. The HR department is pretty poor as well.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the HR department. Gain a better understanding of the different roles in the business department (e.g. an IT audit major should not be hired to do financial analyst work...and financial analyst work should not be called a "Business Management Professional" position).

  11. Great work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work done at Sandia makes you feel a great sense of contribution to national security.

    Cons

    Lots of smart people here may make you feel intimidated, but a great place for personal growth.

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