Sandia Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Great for work/life balance if that's what you are looking for (in 35 reviews)

  • salary level is among the top for post-doc, and very good work-life balance, the 9/80 work schedule give you every other Friday off (in 22 reviews)

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

  • Performance Review Process: The performance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. A Downward Trajectory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    Great opportunities for research and further training opportunities, good work life balance, great coworkers and resources, decent midsized city with great weather

    Cons

    Slow salary growth below industry standards and often people are compensated comparably for vastly different work
    Lots of politics
    Few job opportunities with reasonable salaries outside the lab
    Benefits are always getting reduced
    There is a bit of a racial bias towards certain ethnic groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to value your technical staff more highly through compensation and more benefits especially for staff that have relicated to the area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Very happy with my experience here.

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the stack and rank system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to build a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandia

    Pros

    Pay is great, people are nice, and the work is laid back. They really emphasize the "get your foot in the door" idea. Once you're there, you can switch departments to do other work.

    Cons

    Maybe a little too laid back, but that can be good if you're looking to raise a family. There is a buildup of not very qualified people, which is concerning. There's also too much paperwork in the application process, but that's expected of a government lab.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Lay off low-performing employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    I really enjoy working here

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to state

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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