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"Fun - throwback to another time"

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Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Being an employee of Stanford; beautiful setting; some very smart people; very laidback; everybody friendly and mostly helpful; Buildings out of the 1960s, many do not meet ADA and the décor is cast-off Salvation Army/ Good Will, but eccentrically quaint

Cons

the relationship with Stanford is a positive experience that with the DOE awful, procedures and forms layer upon layer; very hard to move forward; Many people in key positions have been there their entire careers and have wives, children, nephews etc. all working there; key people from outside almost always come from government or other labs and are just as backward; There are no big bonus structures or Pay for Performance; a 7% bonus is considered earth-shattering; Raises are small and generally the non-scientific staff are below market rate; many of the business procedures are from another time, say 50 or 60 years ago

Advice to Management

Need to crank up the Stanford relationship and Work For Others; Need to up the bar and clean house especially in IT and some of the Admin areas

Other Employee Reviews for SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

  1. "One of the best experiences"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentors. People are happy to help. Free Gym. Soccer during lunch time everyday. Shower available.

    Cons

    Sometimes, mentors could be too busy with meetings and conferences that availability is limited.
    Most of job openings are for PHD + level or 5+ year experience; therefore, interning here doesn't usually imply a full-time offer.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Broken culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    SLAC does amazing science that truly has the potential to make the world a better place. The engineering feats they have accomplished, while decades old now, are still awe-inspiring.

    Cons

    SLAC, and especially LCLS is necessarily a factory where the product changes at least twice a day. Unfortunately, the place is not managed nearly as well as a modern factory would be. IT is worse than a joke. Business practices and engineering workflows are decades behind the times. The running joke in the hallway is "this conversation requires a charge number."

    Advice to Management

    Hire a respected and successful CIO and COO from a company that builds large and complicated electronic and mechanical equipment. Make them work together to rebuild SLAC's mission support organization in a way that truly supports every aspect of SLAC's mission. Give them all the money they need and the necessary authority and let them get it done.

    Next and most importantly: fire the cheapskate, loose cannon physicists before they kill someone trying to sidestep safety rules and good engineering and construction practices. It's not right that when a physicist and a technician screw up the same way, the technician gets fired and the physicist's transgression gets swept under the rug.

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