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"Sandia: Great science, but not as dynamic as private industry."

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Former Contractor - Consultant in Albuquerque, NM
Former Contractor - Consultant in Albuquerque, NM
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor (More than 10 years)

Pros

If you are fortunate enough to be on a good project you get to work with the best and brightest engineers and scientists in the world.

Cons

It is incredibly bureaucratic. Many employees have retired in place. Most scientists/engineers came straight from grad school. They have very little experience in the real world even after 20-40 years at Sandia.

Advice to Management

Find a new mission besides compliance to rules.

Other Employee Reviews for Sandia National Laboratories

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Declining system of national labs. Still a good place to intern and "grow up.""

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great, great, great co-workers. Really top-notch engineers, and some great scientists. If you're an engineer, this is a great place to have on your CV. All top managers come from technical staff, so they understand science and empathize with the issues that tech staff can have. Compensation is okay for FTE staff, but absolutely ridiculously good for post-docs and student interns.

    Cons

    Budget cuts, shifting political climate, benefits being cut every year. Budget cuts leads to turning good people against each other to compete for smaller pools of money. Too many layers of management makes the problem worse. It's like the bureaucrats begets more bureaucrats, until there's no workers left at all. People are rewarded for creating more bureaucracy and not for producing. Raises are a joke. No mentoring for post-docs and younger staff.

    Advice to Management

    take a hard look at the state of the lab and make drastic changes to lower overhead. CANNOT compete with academia and industry when the overhead is 3x higher. If you don't have money to do research, get money or stop doing the work.


  2. "Good work life balance, but too dependent on federal funding."

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule means 3 day weekends every other weekend. Relaxed work culture and friendly people. Managers are kind and understanding.

    Cons

    Lately the health benefits have been getting more expensive and there are less options available. Lack of Congressional appropriations means hiring freeze, uncertainty about the current fiscal year, and imminent furloughs unless a budget is passed in Congress.

    Advice to Management

    Try to diversify funding sources and reduce dependence on DOE funding. What ends up happening is that the company's budget is entirely dependent on Congress' ability to pass a budget, instead of the actual output of the employees.

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