Sandia Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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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. Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People and management practices

    Cons

    Sometime not given all the information to get job accomplished

  2. Project Manager

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

    I worked at Sandia full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional environment, job security, autonomy, interesting projects, work with very competent teams/individuals

    Cons

    Security clearance limitations, better negotiate good salary (raises come slowly),

    Advice to Management

    Sandia is exceptional, so to attract and keep the best talent, don't target the average salary of general industry

  3. Excellent company to work for with great room for growth!

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for with great motives.

    Cons

    As a new hire it is often difficult to be treated as more than an "intern," tough to really get the ball rolling with being a part of the team.

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  5. A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    in-depth technical research
    good benefits
    friendly work environment

    Cons

    in high desert, the location is not attractive

  6. A Downward Trajectory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities for research and further training opportunities, good work life balance, great coworkers and resources, decent midsized city with great weather

    Cons

    Slow salary growth below industry standards and often people are compensated comparably for vastly different work
    Lots of politics
    Few job opportunities with reasonable salaries outside the lab
    Benefits are always getting reduced
    There is a bit of a racial bias towards certain ethnic groups

    Advice to Management

    You need to value your technical staff more highly through compensation and more benefits especially for staff that have relicated to the area.

  7. Very happy with my experience here.

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Friendly and very knowledgeable staff researchers with some of the world's most unique and advanced facilities

    Cons

    - Have to drive into town to get decent lunch offerings

  8. Sandia

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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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work/Life Balance, Good sick leave policy, Flexible work hours. Salaries comparable to general industry.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, old boy network. The new Total Compensation policy has lowered salary ranges to industry average even though Sandia boasts it hires the best and brightest and holds its employees to a higher standard in order to maintain security clearances. The pension has been eliminated and Albuquerque really isn't a very nice town.

    Advice to Management

    The management seems to be more interested in the short-term profit gains which result in bonuses to the executive management at the expense of the overall health of Sandia Corporation in the long run. The new salary changes have left little reason for young professionals to want to work here for their entire career. They are better off staying a couple of years then exploring other opportunities.

  9. The Best place for a Software Engineer to work in Albuquerque

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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 10 years)

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

    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 Management

    Get rid of the stack and rank system

  10. Great research environment, but subject to government whimsy.

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Spend more time removing obstacles for researchers so they can do research.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to build a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandia

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

    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.

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