Sandia Reviews

Updated September 2, 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
    Recommends

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

    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. Sandia National Labs

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    Current Employee - Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technologist in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technologist in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    Good pay and Great benefits such as 401k, Health, Dental, and Tuition Reimbursement for continuing education

    Cons

    The bureaucracy and red tape of working for the government slows the actual work that you need to do it.


  3. Lots of projects available, but most are defense related

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    Former Employee - Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of high energy physics projects available, but most have a defense related aspect.

    Cons

    Vision and purpose very much lacking

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on only having funding. Make sure there is a purpose to the projects being pursued and to not resemble a jobs program


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  5. Senior Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You never have to work more than 40 hours. There are challenging projects. You know you are making a difference.

    Cons

    You can't talk about your work to others because the projects are classified. Producing programs quickly is valued over quality products.

    Advice to Management

    I would get rid of the 5 point scale for the performance reviews. It is not motivating to be considered average.


  6. Lab Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sandia (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive of career desires. Great place to intern. Accommodated me and my interests. Lots of advanced technical work. Lots of intern events.

    Cons

    The nature of the work creates a unique culture. There is not a lot of opportunity to learn about what others are working on.

    Advice to Management

    Continue supporting interns and accommodating their interests.


  7. review title

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Benefits, competitive salary, amazing people to work with

    Cons

    some government structures are not good


  8. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Sandia National Laboratories was a great place to work. Good people, good management and great environment. Everything was efficient and productive and the people were very helpful and team oriented.

    Cons

    No bad experiences, I had no complaints, l loved working there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Strategic Contracting Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Strategic Contracting Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  11. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sandia (More than a year)

    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



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