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"It is Awesome."

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Current Employee - Research Associate in Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Research Associate in Menlo Park, CA
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Pros

It is a great place to work. The reputation of the Laboratory is given. Opportunities for many of cooperations. A place that many things happen! The working conditions are very good indeed.

Cons

Some old buildings; Most of the non-scientific employees are usually substandard, impolite and lazy, they are not willing to cooperate unless their supervisor give them direct orders. Sometimes this can get really annoying.

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    "Mechanical Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Specialist in West Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Specialist in West Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very laid back and super relaxed work environment. Alot of exciting science experiments going on all the time. Very friendly nice people work at SLAC. Its probably one of the easiest places you'll ever work as far as pressure, deadlines, etc... Although much slower than other places, you will learn quite a bit about vacuum design.

    Cons

    If you are the type that makes a comment when you drive by a construction site because you see one guy digging a hole and 5 guys watching, then don't apply. Welcome to that construction site. There are SO many people in SLAC that tremendously over analyse every thing you design that you are not really designing anything. You are basically just a CAD jockey. They discuss to death the size of a radius or red tone of a safety cover, etc... Its actually quite amusing and that's how you have to deal with it or you will lose your mind. SLAC worries so much about Stanford's reputation that it often gets in the way of very simple decisions in the real world. Anyway, if you like the country club, slow underchallenged pace where you get treated very well, gets lots of holidays and breaks, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    With this recession it has given you the opportunity to hire top level people for low level jobs.
    The pay is what I made 12 yrs ago as a very jr designer and the job is completely unchallenging.
    Management should get to know what their people are actually doing and not just sit in meetings all day and talk about their 500hrs of vacation time. Hire less people and give the ones you have better responsiblility. Its quite the opposite problem than at most places.


  2. "Postdoc at SLAC/Stanford"

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    Former Intern - Postdoctoral
    Former Intern - Postdoctoral
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The biggest pro is that SLAC really has some of the most cutting edge equipment in the world, and therefore some of the best/smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    Since it is a national lab, the bureaucracy is a bit cumbersome and it can take a lot of time to finish fairly simple tasks. It really takes extra work from the employee to push requests through in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    The biggest advice is to get rid of some of the overhead. The most important people at SLAC are the scientist, and it should be everyone else goal to support them instead of hindering them with bureaucracy.

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