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Berkeley, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
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$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with “excellence.” Thirteen Nobel prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the ... Read more

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    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than a year)


    Networking; there were opportunities to meet diverse and open-minded professionals every week.
    Location; The location gorgeous and the proximity of the Lab to an urban center was also very convenient for day-to-day necessities.
    Work opportunity; There seemed to be countless opportunities to work on different projects (albeit not enough time to do so)
    HR; ergonomic solutions were very quick and easy to come by. Human Resources paid attention to and cared for employee needs.


    The usual, when working in scientific research.

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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (Berkeley, CA) in February 2014.


    My interview was unconventional. I had a telephone interview where they asked only HR-type questions, "weakest quality", "what would you do if you saw a co-worker violate safety", that sort of thing. When I arrived to the in-person, still no technical questions, just a few more HR questions. They asked me to prepare a 5-10 minute presentation of my work, and although the media was set up, they never asked to see it during the course of the interview. It seemed they were just going through the motions to satisfy HR. They do a background check, but I'm not sure who conducts it, I think it was the hiring manager, so you need professional references who have time to answer 10--15 standardized HR questions. There are general training and safety "courses" to take online before you can start work or receive a badge, after hire there are more online safety courses to take within the first 10-30 days of employment. The first day at work is at least 50% hiring intensive. There's an orientation where they make sure you've filled out all mandatory pre-employment paperwork. There's an orientation, then a long picture/badge ordeal. The orientation class started at 9am, and didn't get to my office until after 1pm.

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    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions. These were very standardized, scenario based, questions.   Answer Question


    No negotiation, I told them what I was looking for and they paid it. They actually have a pay structure for positions buried in their online HR services, but it's wide and entirely at the discretion of your direct supervisor.

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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Awards & Accolades

  • Nobel Prize in Physics - George F. Smoot, Nobel Prize, 2006
  • Nobel Prize in Physics - Saul Perlmutter, Nobel Prize, 2011
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