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July 25, 2019

What is working from home like at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Pros

Love my fellow peers, work/life balance, telecommuting, flexible work schedules

Cons

DIR managers making changes with processes that effect important daily duties without gathering SME for input which leads to continuous failure, Feeling devalued, work overload, doing more than in your classification and not recognized for it( the actual recommendation being pushed aside by management team for lack of reasons), One experienced senior management in the PADs. No job growth in your area, so you end up leaving that area.

Advice to Management

Really evaluate the experience of you SMTs. LLNL offers lots of opportunities to lots of people, but smaller area that are not so visible, have unhappy employees

Love my fellow peers, work/life balance, telecommuting, flexible work schedules

July 25, 2019

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June 17, 2020

How is the work/life balance at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Pros

LLNL has a professional and pleasant working environment, flexible schedule options, lends to a great work life balance, and offers many career growth opportunities.

Cons

The secure nature can lead to less contact with the outside.

LLNL has a professional and pleasant working environment, flexible schedule options, lends to a great work life balance, and offers many career growth opportunities.

June 17, 2020

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September 1, 2020

What is overtime like at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Pros

Work ends at 5 with little to no overtime Lots of extracurricular and flexible schedule

Cons

Loss of remote flexibility due to sensitive government info

Work ends at 5 with little to no overtime

September 1, 2020

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September 20, 2018

How flexible is your schedule working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Pros

I'm a bit over a decade into my career here at LLNL. During that decade+, I've been able to work on a wide variety of things from computer hardware, to software development, to team leadership. My colleagues are generally excellent: they work hard, their egos are non-existent, they're interested in building great stuff as a team, and they're as willing to learn as they are to teach. I get to work on projects that push the frontier of high performance computing. The fact that some of the world's most powerful supercomputers are just downstairs from my office is simply amazing. That I get to help, in my own small way, push that frontier forward is the opportunity of a lifetime. And, not only do we push the art of supercomputers forward, but there's tons of amazing, world-altering science and engineering occurring here at LLNL. The Lab's catchphrase is "science in the national interest." And it's true! When I think about all the world-class scientific discoveries which I indirectly support, I'm consistently blown away. I love my iPhone, but the work to help create the next-generation smartphone pales in comparison to all the scientific discoveries and breakthroughs occurring here at LLNL. As wonderful as the work atmosphere is, I'm also able to have a great non-work life. I'm able to be home each evening to have dinner with my wife and kids. My weekends are family time, not extra work time. Schedule flexibility is pervasive (for example, the AWS schedule that gives me every-other Friday off is quite nice). And I can afford to live in the same town where I work: there's no soul-crushing commute wherein it takes me 35 minutes to move 10 miles on a jammed freeway.

Cons

Cons — doesn't every organization have them? The Lab is a large organization. Sometimes the gears of progress grind more slowly than they should in surprising places. For example, it takes a looooong time to get a new computer for your office. Being that this is a quasi-governmental organization, there are various restrictions in place that you might not experience out in private industry. There are no stock options, no exceptional account-busting bonuses, no compensation for volunteer work, no kegs with fresh beer at the end of the hallway, or other types of perks that you might expect at a Google, Apple, or other typical Silicon Valley enterprises. But, the fact that I get to see my family at a reasonable time at the end of every day more than makes up for the lack. Another con is that Silicon Valley is close by; the companies there love to poach Lab employees. This can be difficult. It's hard to see a steady stream of my fellow colleagues get enticed by the large salaries, free lunches and dinners, in-building massages, and other Silicon Valley enticements.

Advice to Management

Figure out how to stem the flow of our colleagues heading out to work in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley isn't going anywhere; the problem won't solve itself. It's going to take active and creative measures — including how the Lab sells itself to potential new employees — in order to keep people working on all the important problems we have before us here at LLNL.

Schedule flexibility is pervasive (for example, the AWS schedule that gives me every

September 20, 2018

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