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Sandia Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
214 Reviews
3.9
214 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The Best place for a Software Engineer to work in Albuquerque

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Great research environment, but subject to government whimsy.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    I worked at Sandia for 11 years as a researcher.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    The schedule is incredibly flexible, in general, and the retirement benefits are better than anything you will find anywhere else

    Cons

    It is really hard to advance here and the communication is lacking. A lot of really lazy people here who just sit on their jobs for the benefits. Raises and bonuses have been awful the last few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees and work with them to find a position where they can excel

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Contractor Review SNL

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

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