Sandia Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
193 Reviews
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193 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance (option to take off alternating Fridays) (in 34 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 12 reviews)

  • There are "technical staff" who couldn't balance an equation if their life depended on it (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working at Sandia as a summer intern was a great experience. The people were people and I learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As a summer intern the hourly pay-rate was exceptional. I had all the tools I need to complete my summer research and was given plenty of great research opportunities.

    Cons

    Having a car is a necessity given the size of Kirtland air force base. The 8hrs worth of mandatory on-line training was tedious but I guess it comes with the territory.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to intern

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    Former Employee - TechnicalUndergrad in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - TechnicalUndergrad in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Sandia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good research, tons of opportunities for growth and learning, good pay

    Cons

    Bureacracy can be somewhat inefficient

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, lots of freedom, good job security, flexibility to move around the company, ability to work from home, low pressure, many smart and capable co-workers, flexible 9/80 work schedule

    Cons

    No/limited bonuses, relatively low morale at the CA site, performance review is not done well and can be discouraging (they rank all employees a la Microsoft), writing research proposals is a time sink and not very rewarding (esp LDRD process)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink performance review, make LDRD process more collaborative with management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good work life balance

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

    I worked at Sandia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay for interns was good. They offered several different events throughout the summer for interns. It seems like there are opportunities to move up the ladder as a lot of my coworkers started as interns. My mentor was pretty young (late 20s) and held a higher level position than others. My manager was polite and welcoming- she made sure I was getting adjusted to SNL and Albuquerque comfortably. Would occasionally ask how my work is going. Colleagues are very bright and welcome questions or concerns. SNL offers great healthcare and a 9/80 work schedule. They encourage everyone to further their education and continue to work at SNL. They also have daily food trucks, which is convenient in case you don't have time to pack a lunch.

    Cons

    My organization had to move offices in the middle of my internship. We basically switched to a different floor which seemed pointless. There is a lot of paperwork involved in the hiring/separation process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting work, boring culture

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    Former Employee - Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Intern in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance (option to take off alternating Fridays)
    Interesting work, meaningful projects
    Mobility between groups
    Fantastic management who really want to help shape your career
    Reasonable pay, which increases significantly year-by-year for students, based on education level
    Sometimes you can go to information sessions about cool projects in other departments

    Cons

    Clearances (take a long time to get. If you don't have one, your options are more limited)
    More introverted culture (not a lot of lunch outings or general chatting among coworkers)
    Uncertainty about which areas have the top priority, future management of the company
    Red tape because of approvals needed from DOD and/or DOE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Can be great or not so good

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    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    Sandia has areas with top staff and exciting, challenging work but this does vary across the laboratory.

    Cons

    In nuclear weapons work, Sandia is struggling with knowledgeable, experienced staff retiring and too many new, unexperienced staff coming in. Sandia did not strategize time for mentoring and "spinning" staff up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Big company culture - lots of opportunities within a bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sandia has a laid back research environment with many characteristics similar to a university. It's a large company with lots of opportunities. The people are nearly uniformly conscientious and dedicated. Albuquerque has 300 days of sun a year and has mountain hiking within 10 minutes.

    Cons

    Sandia has a stovepiped management culture - the bureaucracy of a large company - with few career opportunities. While there are lots of opportunities, most people do essentially the same job year after year their whole career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Internship, Excellent Path to Career Growth

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    Former Employee - Center for Cyber Defenders
    Former Employee - Center for Cyber Defenders

    I worked at Sandia as an intern

    Pros

    The program was well-run, offered a multitude of opportunities for students, and integrated us well with the lab. Mentors were extremely helpful and supportive, often offering to go out of their way to support interns. Benefits even for interns was very good, and activities and events outside of work were enjoyable and engendered lots of interaction with the group.

    Cons

    Some aspects of government work can be taxing, such as the pedantic task of entering hours and mandated trainings for safety and so on. Some lab groups can be managed less well than others. It can be challenging to get immersed into a project over a single summer, though that can be difficult no matter what the case.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Software Developer Intern @ Sandia's Thoughts

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Sandia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance definitely favors the life side, starting pay for both interns and entry level pay is good, get to chose your projects and work on multiple ones, *can* get every other Friday off.

    Very good if you want to focus in research.

    Cons

    Hard to get a full time position without a PhD. Company has all behavioral interviews ... can lead to underqualified overqualified peers. Needs US Citizenship for any full time job, they just opened internships up for foreign nationals this year.

    Work seems to be very polarized, either cutting edge tech or menial work. Projects depend on external funding, so if your project is axed, then you find another project (who'll take you) or get laid off...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall Great Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Technical Summer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Summer in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Sandia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people there are amazing, and they really care about making sure you learn and succeed if you work there as a student intern. The science and engineering departments are top-notch and it's in honor to work with them. They also offer extended education programs for qualifying individuals.

    Cons

    The management is a bit bureaucratic since it's a federally funded lab, but eventually you get used to it. The management can be fairly easy-going as long as you follow the rules and know what you are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not bad

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    Neutral Outlook
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