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"LBNL's response to broader structural problems within government research currently disadvantages young scientists."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
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Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

If set on getting a faculty job, one pro is that LBNL incentivizes academic behavior; i.e., publish basic science research. While postdocs cannot access career services at UC Berkeley, and career support services at LBNL were just cut, you can creatively leverage UCB to advance your career (e.g., recruiting events, networking with students). Senior management is trying to boost non-federal funding.

Cons

It is very important to understand how your prospective division and research group is funded, which may make the following generalizations more or less accurate. Consolidation of funds into large projects creates rigid hierarchies; pace is slow, like academia, diminishing the ability of young scientists to produce tangible results in a reasonable amount of time; because senior scientists have to pitch bigger and more ambitious ideas to DOE, projects increasingly focus on higher-risk, more complicated, and therefore less tangible work; you must be very careful that you have the right skill sets, given that imbalances between computer modeling and experimentation and physical technology development, and that the focus of funded projects can radically change within just 1 year. Much is made about LBNL being a meritocratic, soft-funded organization; in fact, most career/career-track scientists are effectively tenured, in that they migrate, sometimes outside their expertise, from completed or de-funded projects to funded projects. While these staff struggle, there is less support for younger staff.

Other Employee Reviews for Lawrence Berkeley Lab

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    "Great place for research, but academic administration lacks focus and no long term investment for scientists."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Equipment is top-notch and available, salaries are above industry average.

    Cons

    Soft money institution run by academics. Most scientists apply for extramural funding, DOE takes a high overhead for support staff. I have not yet met a single employee employed by the DOE. Most positions are contingent on available grant funding (usually awarded a maximum of 3-5 years).


  2. "Good people, nice campus (up on the hill)"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good food, good policies, good pay (for right out of college). Hires from within reasonably well.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sometimes slow to get things done, communication can be slow.

    Advice to Management

    Some PI's: be careful about micromanaging, other PI's: be careful about meeting with your underlings more often!

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