Sandia Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. 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.


  3. 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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  5. Sandia National Laboratories

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandia part-time

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

    Pros

    Good experience at a good payrate for an internship.

    Cons

    For internships there are really no cons.


  6. LABORATORY MANAGER, RESEARCH

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Laboratory Manager in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great company due to complex research pathway

    Cons

    None, Great company die to complex research pathway

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Sandia

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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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Flex time, 9/80 schedule, flexible working hours, nearly two weeks time off over Christmas, sometimes pays for college classes,

    Cons

    Can require a lot of travel


  8. Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, good benefits,employees are very friendly. The area around Livermore is very good for bike riding. I enjoy the walking paths and the access to the gym

    Cons

    Management not open to hearing ideas, Director /Sr. Manager doesn't really care about managing people, some also don't have any real management training.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to new ideas in HR. Consider being more flexible with ideas/ solutions brought forward.urrent manager not flexible with thoughts


  9. Helpful (2)

    Sandia

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Respectful and ethical environment, Provide service to nation. Very reasonable salaries, and chance to do some exciting technical work in a few projects. Great work life balance. Good mobility within groups, so can do many different things. A place where you can still make a long, stable career.

    Cons

    Focus on national security mission, and emerging threats. In many cases, this leads to working on things which are not cutting edge. If taken in context of the mission, this can be ok. If you want to work on the "coolest" stuff, may not be the place for you.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Unlimited Sick leave
    Salary employees get flex time if they work overtime
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Sandia uses GPA as a metric to hire employees. I've seen a lot of good people passed up because their undergraduate GPA didn't meet threshold.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Mixed emotions

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    You are going to work with the brightest minds in the USA.
    Excellent experience for graduate students.
    If you are single and young graduate student is a great place.

    Cons

    No friendship.
    Full of egos.
    Very hierarchical. You have a BS, you are nothing. You have a MS you are nothing. You are a PhD student you are nothing.
    It is no good for non traditional students.



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