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"Great People, Great "Campus", Laid Back"

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Former Contractor - Web Specialist in Menlo Park, CA
Former Contractor - Web Specialist in Menlo Park, CA
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I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

The people are all awesome and smart, but also fun and quirky. You will learn A TON just from going to lunch with co-workers. The hours are pretty flexible depending on your schedule.

Cons

The traffic can be bad on 280/Sand Hill Road before and after work, and other than the cafeteria there aren't many food options close by unless you drive.

Other Employee Reviews for SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Aging facility, but with new mission and highly intelligent staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Some of the smartest and most talented people you will ever meet work here. Many are highly motivated and are looking for novel solutions for very difficult challenges. Stanford benefits are top-notch.

    Cons

    Decades-old facility (and in some cases business practices) which has only been improved when absolutely necessary. Many policies and practices are hand-me-downs and are executed because "that's the way it is" rather than "that's the way it should be."

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on constantly whittling down or eliminating unnecessary and bloated practices which slow down progress. Simply stating "that's the way DOE or Stanford needs it" is a cop-out. Take accountability for making things better.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Very resistent to change in regards to business operations."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In the last few years many have been hired into business operations to update outdated business practices and systems. Being government funded they've completed the arduous task of obtaining needed funding to overhaul their business systems. Those in bus ops motivated to make this change happen.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is not substantive support from the top to enable bus ops to easily move from an old, heavily customized system to current best business practices. The culture there is so resistant to change, that without meaningful support from the top, part of the collateral damage includes a lack of willingness to give bus ops the authority to do their job. This in turn causes the turnover rate to be high at all levels. People in bus ops are willing to fight the good fight, but without substantive support from the top, I suspect the high turnover rate will continue.

    Advice to Management

    While the consensus management model can work, it is extremely difficult when those you need consensus from are not working together towards the same goals. If those resistant to change have veto power it is unclear that any endeavor towards best business practices can succeed. The silos very much exist, and to a large degree are empowered. Perhaps segregate business operations in a meaningful way from science. The two should follow different management models. Empower the people hired in bus ops, and lead to quiet those in science who are more obstructionist than willing to work together towards excellence, in all areas at the lab.

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