Sandia Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance would make French jealous (in 35 reviews)

  • 9/80 work-life schedule promotes life outside of work, but many people take advantage of this and just use it to take a 3-day weekend (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Performance review can feel a bit arbitrary (in 13 reviews)

  • My main complaints are the impossible requirements Sandia has in place in order to be considered for full time employment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company to work for with great room for growth!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in Livermore, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for with great motives.

    Cons

    As a new hire it is often difficult to be treated as more than an "intern," tough to really get the ball rolling with being a part of the team.


  2. Sandia management challenges

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Business Development Specialist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Business Development Specialist in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Sandia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sandia has great talent among the scientific and business staff. These are people who are thought leaders, creators, inventors and innovators. Unfortunately, great talent gets tapped to be management, which is not really a promotion.

    Cons

    Management seems to operate in a vacuum, with the most pervasive attitude based on CYA. Afraid to take ownership and a leadership role, the vast majority of mid-level management is just towing the corporate line and promoting what their superiors tell them to do, acting out the very definition of government bureaucracy. Ineffective, unoriginal and very demoralizing to the technical and business staff.

    Advice to Management

    Start taking on some accountability and risk. Innovation is non-existent because managing doesn't want to be perceived as original content thinkers or outside-the-box creators. And stop promoting high performing staff into managemt roles with little or no training. Great technical staff rarely make great leaders and managers without experience or training.


  3. HR Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner Associate in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner Associate in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Sandia (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment. People are friendly. Has free gym on site and has a cafe

    Cons

    Pay is less than other companies with it being so closely tied to the government.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of forced distribution of compensation


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  5. Very happy with my experience here.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Sandia as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Friendly and very knowledgeable staff researchers with some of the world's most unique and advanced facilities

    Cons

    - Have to drive into town to get decent lunch offerings


  6. Pretty Middle of the road place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee in Livermore, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a nice place to work with many opportunities to step outside your field if you are willing to talk with others and find ways you can contribute.

    Cons

    Its a government position and having your funding tied to the whims of Congress and respective funding agencies is disconcerting.


  7. Great place to intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TechnicalUndergrad in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - TechnicalUndergrad in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Sandia full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good research, tons of opportunities for growth and learning, good pay

    Cons

    Bureacracy can be somewhat inefficient


  8. Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, lots of freedom, good job security, flexibility to move around the company, ability to work from home, low pressure, many smart and capable co-workers, flexible 9/80 work schedule

    Cons

    No/limited bonuses, relatively low morale at the CA site, performance review is not done well and can be discouraging (they rank all employees a la Microsoft), writing research proposals is a time sink and not very rewarding (esp LDRD process)

    Advice to Management

    Rethink performance review, make LDRD process more collaborative with management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Software Developer Intern @ Sandia's Thoughts

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Sandia as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance definitely favors the life side, starting pay for both interns and entry level pay is good, get to chose your projects and work on multiple ones, *can* get every other Friday off. Very good if you want to focus in research.

    Cons

    Hard to get a full time position without a PhD. Company has all behavioral interviews ... can lead to underqualified overqualified peers. Needs US Citizenship for any full time job, they just opened internships up for foreign nationals this year. Work seems to be very polarized, either cutting edge tech or menial work. Projects depend on external funding, so if your project is axed, then you find another project (who'll take you) or get laid off...


  10. Overall Great Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Summer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Summer in Livermore, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people there are amazing, and they really care about making sure you learn and succeed if you work there as a student intern. The science and engineering departments are top-notch and it's in honor to work with them. They also offer extended education programs for qualifying individuals.

    Cons

    The management is a bit bureaucratic since it's a federally funded lab, but eventually you get used to it. The management can be fairly easy-going as long as you follow the rules and know what you are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Not bad


  11. The goals of the work are somewhat challenging yet

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Livermore, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible, 9/80 work shift, employment security, non-routine work.

    Cons

    Opportunities for promotion are extremely limited for someone with a B.S. Because of a lack of higher degree, technical work is handed down at a minimum. Also, below average pay for non-PhD staff. Salaries constantly frozen or cap is reduced.



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