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Sandia National Laboratories Overview
Albuquerque, NM
10000+ employees
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. Our team of scientists, engineers, researchers, and business specialists apply their knowledge and skill toward delivering cutting-edge ... Read more

Sandia National Laboratories – Why Work For Us?

undefinedOur goal isn’t to increase market share or shareholder profits. Rather, we create science and technology that not only make the world safer, but can improve the everyday lives of millions of people across the globe.

It’s this potential for impact that drives Sandians to make exceptional contributions, work hard, and accept difficult—and sometimes seemingly intractable—challenges.

We ensure the US nuclear stockpile remains an effective deterrent and use our technologies to monitor compliance with international nonproliferation arms control treaties to guard against nuclear war.

And we improve quality of life in dozens of ways.

Our inventions have increased access to clean water, made it safer to transport temperature-sensitive vaccines and biopharmaceuticals, and have decreased risks at airports near solar installations. Further, our collaborations with others have resulted in improved treatments for cancer and a new drug that may eliminate one deadly childhood disease, acute lymphoblastic leukemia—and potentially other cancers as well.

It’s no wonder WIRED magazine cited Sandia as one of the five best places to follow “spectacular science” and said, “The two research campuses that make up Sandia National Laboratories both take part in an extraordinary amount of industrial science and technology development.”

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We attract the best and the brightest with the innovation and importance of our research, an exemplary work environment, world-class equipment and facilities, and opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines. As a result, you’ll find dedicated, motivated teams that encourage creativity and multidisciplinary thought at all our sites. Further, many of our 10,000+ staff are at the top of their fields, widely recognized for their outstanding contributions.

You’ll also find other important features that add to the caliber of our culture:

•   Career Development: Our commitment to personal and professional growth is
    tangible. We offer in-house technical courses, leadership development classes,
    programs to enable employees to earn advanced degrees and a great mentoring
    program. Because Sandia is a multi-faceted laboratory, many employees create rich
    career paths that span multiple areas. Put simply, employees enjoy career mobility –
    without leaving the company.

•   Diversity: We are committed to fostering a diverse, high-performing, and inclusive
    work environment that values and recognizes the achievement of individuals and
    teams. We share this common vision by fostering an attitude of mutual respect.

•   Community: Giving is an integral part of our culture. Sandians participate in a variety
    of community and volunteer programs from Habitat for Humanity to contributing at
    local food drives.

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Sandia provides its teams access to some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world. Many of Sandia’s unique research centers, such as the examples here, attract experts from industry and academia, who apply Sandia’s resources to further their investigations.
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• The Z Machine, the world’s most powerful and efficient laboratory radiation source

• The MESA complex for developing semiconductor processing capabilities

• Some of the world’s most powerful computers

• Large-scale environmental testing facilities, such as the 10,000 foot rocket sled track

• The Combustion Research Facility and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, where Sandians regularly collaborate with industry and academic partners

• The Ion Beam Laboratory, which houses accelerator systems capable of generating ions of every element in nature

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Working at Sandia has its benefits.
From health, compensation, and retirement benefits to professional development and work-life balance amenities, Sandians receive great rewards for their great work.
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Flexible Work Schedules
• 9/80 work week option
• Generous paid time off
• 11 paid holidays, including a winter shutdown at the end of each calendar year
• Telecommuting arrangements
• Part-time options
• Vacation buy plan
• Sickness absence plan

On-site Amenities
• Fitness center
• Exercise classes
• Medical clinic
• Sandia National Laboratory Federal Credit Union
• Café
• Clubs
• Employee sports teams
* Available at NM & CA sites

Family Life
• Resource and Referral services
• Adoption assistance
• Family recreational activities

• Medical, dental, and vision plans
• Life, accident, and disability insurance
• Health care and dependent care spending accounts
• Exceptional 401k savings plan

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Sandia National Laboratories President and Laboratories Director Jill M. Hruby
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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)


    They are not kidding when SNL say they recruit "the best and brightest". ~ 70-80% with advance technical degrees and so many PhD's that no one is called "Dr.".
    Great people willing to share their knowledge and actually help
    Good work-life balance with 9/80's, 4/10's, telecommuting
    Two major locations: Albuquerque, NM (~ 9000 employees) and Livermore, CA (~ 1500 employees)
    Easy to switch jobs and there are always internal postings
    Good benefits and excellent 401k matching, better than industry


    NTESS (Honeywell) management starting May 1
    Low raises common to government
    Aging workforce, many are retiring but guess that creates opportunities
    More red tape and documents to be generated

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the culture and realize this IS NOT a production agency like NSC (Kansas City Plant)
    Keep the benefits the same

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Sandia National Laboratories Awards & Accolades

  • Readers' Choice Top 20 Government Employers (#6), Workforce Diversity Magazine, 2009
  • Top Intern Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
  • Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
  • Top Master's Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
  • Top Intern Employers, CollegeGrad, 2008
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