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Sandia Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
208 Reviews
3.8
208 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful culture, great compensation.

    Cons

    Limited growth, slow business environment due to government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Contractor Review SNL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    Flexible hours, community conscience, name recognition

    Cons

    Transit times, location, Red Tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of staggering shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Sandia was a fun place to work. Corporate to government work environment but overall would recommend.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandia

    Pros

    Cool research being done, lots of lab facilities, I worked at the Livermore campus, next to LLNL, which also has interesting tours.

    Cons

    Need to know restricts talking about work even with colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was very positive, encouraging, helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work life balance and good compensation in NM

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Sandia is a great place if you are looking to work at some of the greatest technical challenges and still want to have some time with your family. Projects are challenging and typically leading edge in the world. Depending on the department you are working in many industry contacts are possible. People are professional and self motivated but there is no culture of taking quantity of work as a sign for quality. I.e. results matter not how much time you spend in the office. Compensation is good in particular when taking into account the cost of living in Albuquerque.

    Cons

    Albuquerque has its nice aspects, the whether is pretty good you even got a nice winter with sometimes snow and the possibility to go skiing nearby, but its missing a nice downtown. You also have to take care that you live in the right corner, many schools are pretty bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    High goals are expected and rewarded

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

    I worked at Sandia

    Pros

    Great leave, benefits, people. Can choose to work part time (a s job permits). Flexible work schedule. Challenging technological environment.

    Cons

    A have on-demand skill set can end up on to many projects at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ceiling for moving from tech staff to management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Workforce but Poor Management, Nepotism, Waste

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    Former Employee - Executive Management in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding and innovative R&D and Work supporting US National Security and other national initiatives.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Lack of accountability, Nepotism, favoritism, lots of waste,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on weeding out politics, self-serving leaders, nepotism and favoritism and truly practice merit based decision making.

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

    Very stable job with great benefits but you have to be proactive about your career.

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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

    Pros

    Stable job, I haven't heard of anyone getting laid off or fired.
    Great benefits, health insurance and great work life balance. There's also flex time which is something that I don't ever see offered.
    Product doesn't always make prod that means there's room for experimentation with failure being an acceptable outcome.

    Cons

    Work can get boring if you don't try hard to chase good projects. Sometimes budgets are the handled correctly and you end up doing crappy work.

    Lack of experienced software developers. This makes it much harder for junior developers to learn off of seniors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to hire 4.0 students from MIT there are other brilliant developers that don't meet your gpa criteria.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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