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"Wonderful pure research environment"

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Current Employee - Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
Current Employee - Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
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I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Colleagues and mentors that are world leaders in their field. Top-notch administrative and technical support for any problems you need help with. You can focus almost solely on research, however, there is an excellent opportunity to mentor graduate students and exceptional undergraduates from UC-Berkeley, and they're among the brightest students in the world.

Cons

Due to DOE funding structure, certain papers may need to focus on something that fits well in that structure, and doesn't necessarily match your final interests in the paper. Very difficult to transition from postdoc to more permanent position. INSANELY expensive cost of living. Housing costs are going up way faster than salaries.

Other Employee Reviews for Lawrence Berkeley Lab

  1. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Geological Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Geological Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
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    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A good place to start a career with nice salary, good benefit package, and prestigious name. It is possible to participate in some big research projects and get some really good publications.

    Cons

    Postdoc is really low in the food chain. Even for senior members, they have quite some pressures to get funded to cover their salaries. Therefore, you are pretty much on your own to get the job done. Senior members don't have much time to give guidance on your projects as in Universities. The direction of research projects changes a lot really depending on the DOE funds. Therefore, you might work on different projects. Some might fit your background and interests, some might not.

    Advice to Management

    Too focused on the number of publication, not on the scientific problems. No continuity on funding.


  2. "Great place to work for a graduate student, experience depends on your supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The laboratories and building are nice.
    My co-workers are wonderful and collaboration is everywhere.
    The research is very interesting.

    Cons

    parking is awful
    the safety division is overbearing

    Advice to Management

    Make a common sense division to reign in the safety division.

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