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. Featured Review

    Wonderful employees, great work life balance.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working at Sandia was a fantastic experience. The employees are smart and focused on results.

    Cons

    The only drawback I witnessed was the length of time it took to complete certain projects due to government budget issues.


  2. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Strategic Contracting Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Strategic Contracting Representative 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

    Fun and engaging work, great co-workers, exceptional service in the national interest, three weeks of vacation to start, every other Friday off, and a two week shut down at Christmas.

    Cons

    The on-boarding process is somewhat non-existent. The term sink or swim definitely applies here. I think changes are being made to improve the on-boarding process, but it feels as though these changes were more performance review padding for a senior manager and not helpful. The work life balance is definitely there, but make sure you are in the right group. My management's response to vacation requests were met with sighs and rolled eyes. This was without buying vacation and accruing little to no flex. Also, the expectation for an exempt employee was to work more than what you were paid. This really was not a huge issue, but it is disheartening when you see your peers in different areas of the lab never having to do this and getting compensated when they do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on bringing in more great people, but let us use the vacation we earn without giving grief. Don't make it unfair to work in Procurement.


  3. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good flexibility to move around and work on projects that interest you.

    Cons

    Low performers are not penalized


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  5. Business Professional

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    Current Employee - Business Professional
    Current Employee - Business Professional

    I have been working at Sandia

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, continuous education and training

    Cons

    Slow progress on decisions being made Salaries uncompetitive


  6. HR Coordinator

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    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


  7. Sandia management challenges

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    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.


  8. Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good resource in research. Working with people with different background.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, compared to academic institute like university


  9. Wonderful place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I got to work with some of the most amazing people in the world. They worked hard; the team/project was well organized. People were friendly and helpful. I learned more than I had imagined I would.

    Cons

    Everyone was really busy. To some extent, this meant that communication had to be deliberately forced instead of flowing naturally.

    Advice to Management

    Engage to find interns mentors in their field.


  10. Helpful (2)

    I enjoyed Sandia most of the time I worked there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, good projects, opportunities for bleeding edge work. good work life balance, great people to work with, work with national importance

    Cons

    HR processes are running the company taking away the research orientation of the lab. The ability for an organization to build their work processes to meet their projects has been impacted by HR processes.

    Advice to Management

    Become a little less risk adverse and willing to try new and creative ideas. Fight HR to get appropriate compensation for staff.


  11. Great employer, but needs better performance review process

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    High tech, cutting edge research. Intelligent colleagues. Great benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Performance review needs to be revamped. Managers are limited to a specific percentage of grades for each level. A top performer could get an average grade because the manager met his quota for top grades on other staff.

    Advice to Management

    Change the performance review. Allow managers to give as many top grades as they feel like without being restricted by a quota system.



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