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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag, but overall positive

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    Former Employee - PMTS in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - PMTS in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Sandia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people, challenging problems, excellent facilities. Opportunity to work on problems on national importance.

    Cons

    Far too much bureaucracy, compensation system has severe defects. Too tighly controlled by DOE

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward system (esp. compensation) needs to recognize differences between divisions. Having comparable salary distributions in all divisions is stupid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    IT Systems Analyst / Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia full-time

    Pros

    The technology and the people.

    Cons

    Limited in broadening my career aspirations. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always work to build a great team and help others succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work with opportunities for career broadening.

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

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

    Pros

    National security and leading edge technology

    Cons

    The pay is not as good as leading companies in the private sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of promoting from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have no plans to leave New Mexico, and have no interest on being rated on merit, this is the place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Laboratory Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Laboratory Staff in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of interesting, intelligent people if working on the technical side (the business side is a bit more banal and uninspiring). For Albuquerque, the pay is good and you apparently can get every member of your extended family a position in the company - if you find that an acceptable practice that doesn't violate and principles. Frankly, if you are stuck in Albuquerque, there aren't too many business that offer better pay or benefits.

    Cons

    Numerous. The rating system in no way reflects merit - it is representative of distant, uninterested management that relies on the concept of "visibility" (i.e. the mere act of occupying space in close proximity to management to ensure they recognize your existence) to determine year end ratings. If you are new to Sandia, expect to receive the lowest rating possible as it is considered part of the culture and part of working at for the organization. Nepotism and cronyism are ubiquitous and encouraged. I don't think I have ever worked in an organization where so many people are related. Meetings are more reminiscent of family reunions than work-related gatherings. Tax-payer dollars are wasted with overt disregard through inefficiencies and poor planning - if such things are frustrating and complicate your moral underpinnings, not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop complaining about the culture and do something to change it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sandia is a wonderful place to work if flexibility and work/life balance is your top priority.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and career-building opportunities, ability to telecommute, "9/80" work schedules, and flexible work hours are all huge pros.

    Cons

    Promotions are a joke (you receive just a few $K of NON-BASE money and there are only 2-3 promotions you can ever receive depending on what position you were hired into). Sandia claims they provide salaries based on market-driven data, but this is absolutely untrue in their Livermore, CA office. NM salaries are generous to their respective market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SNL/CA needs to have more say in determining employee salaries. Employee morale is low and it's no wonder turnover is high, particularly for business staff. We can't have NM dictating how we should be paid when they have no idea (though they claim they do) about the myriad other opportunities pulling our "best and brightest" out from under us. We are the lowest paid lab (again, in CA) in comparison to Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    Great challenges and interesting work

    Cons

    There are no negative aspects of work so far

  8.  

    Interesting work

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    Former Intern - Graduate StudentTechnical in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Intern - Graduate StudentTechnical in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    You can involve yourself in an endless number of project types that you won't find anywhere else. The work has a purpose. There are brilliant people and the pay is very good. It's a secure job with endless opportunities for upward mobility. The "bosses" are extremely hardworking people who can be trusted to put their work first.

    Cons

    HR is a nightmare. They care about following their misguided rules and literally nothing else.

    The previous generation received excellent benefits, but the time of unlimited government funding is over and Sandia is very low on resources. Projects and funding depend on interactions with the government, which tend to be extremely inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is not the problem, but I would advise a complete overhaul of the HR department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Exceptional place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia

    Pros

    work/life balace, benefits, on-site medical treatment

    Cons

    Location, time reporting (time cards are required for salaried employees)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The goals of the work are somewhat challenging yet

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    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    Very flexible, 9/80 work shift, employment security, non-routine work.

    Cons

    Opportunities for promotion are extremely limited for someone with a B.S. Because of a lack of higher degree, technical work is handed down at a minimum. Also, below average pay for non-PhD staff. Salaries constantly frozen or cap is reduced.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Few limits here on what one can do

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

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

    Pros

    I've worked in the research area here for nearly 30 years (with short stints at a start-up company and at a university), and have been extremely happy. There is a sense of working to advance knowledge for the long-term benefit of the nation, rather than for the short-term profit that a company would be rewarded for, or for the short-term reputational glory that a university professor would be rewarded for. If one is really trying to advance the frontiers of knowledge with that mindset, there is very little that limits what one can do here. If you have a great idea, it will (eventually!) be supported. If you're in between your own great ideas, you can contribute to teams with a deep bench of colleagues with their own great ideas. If you want to switch fields to better match where the great new ideas are percolating, you can do that too.

    Cons

    First, there is a lot of bureaucracy: extremely strict ES&H and time-card reporting; project milestones that get fixed too early and don't allow for real-time adaptation to new developments; managers who spend a lot of time dealing with the bureaucratic stuff and hence are less deep technically. Second, the performance review system in some organizations over-emphasizes solo over team accomplishments, and this can sometimes cause competition rather than cooperation between staff. Third, this is not the place to get extremely wealthy (like at a start-up company) or extremely famous (like at an elite university) -- but it is a place where you can do terrific technical work while also having a terrific life outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the single most important thing upper management could do to improve the research environment here would be to figure out how to create a first-level management position that attracts great managers. The first-level manager is where among the most important decisions here are made: recruiting, hiring, inspiring and nurturing great technical staff; and leading and cheer-leading the matches between science & technology push and mission (energy, security, etc.) pull. It should be a position to which staff who are deeply creative technically and who care about people would aspire. It's not, now, and that doesn't bode well for the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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