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"Challenging and rewarding place to work for a scientist or engineer"

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Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
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I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Lots of very smart people, grand scientific challenges, world class experimental facilities and computing power, great compensation and benefits. Opportunities to advance quickly and take on responsibility. Flexibility to move to new projects and develop new skills.

Cons

Government bureaucracy, onerous security rules, feels management top-heavy at times (even when you are a manager), getting jerked around by Congress. High-stress working environment in some projects.

Advice to Management

Speak more often, but say less.

Other Employee Reviews for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A university environment with an industry spin."

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    Former Intern - High Energy Density Physics Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - High Energy Density Physics Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people everywhere. You're surrounded by extremely intelligent people at all levels. Located in a beautiful part of California. The Lab is involved in just about every area of Science and Engineering in some way or other. There are seminars going on across the campus every day that can help you stay current in your field.

    Relating specifically to the intern program, I was definitely happy. I got to work on an interesting project, and I was definitely making meaningful contributions. The best part was the interaction with other interns. The lab brought in something like 300 interns from its various summer programs, and interacting with them was a great experience.

    Cons

    It's a big government organization. Sometimes you have to deal with a whole lot of red tape and infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Project mobility is important to maintaining a versatile workforce, keep it up.


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    "Ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Biomedical Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Biomedical Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, really smart and dedicated co-workers. Lots of opportunities to learn and do more things.

    Cons

    The politics can be tough to navigate. There are some who will make getting things done difficult in order to protect their territory. Shift from management from the University of California to the consortium has taken away a bit of the charm.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more clear career paths for younger employees. Look to root out those who put politics before good science.

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