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Updated September 18, 2017
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  • Also Cost of living and research overhead make it not such a great choice (in 8 reviews)

  • The cost of living in the bay area is incredibly expensive and the postdoc salaries do not reflect this particular fact (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time

    Pros

    Hardworking , easy to navigate, great talent

    Cons

    A lot of research needed, Very busy


  2. "Administrative supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement fund

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, small salary increases

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the reviewing process

  3. "Scientist"

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Have freedom to do research. The management is flat.

    Cons

    Very high pressure for finding funding. Overhead is too high.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce overhead


  4. "Cool time flexible job"

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Need a lot of publication.

    Cons

    Low salary. Kind of industrial like management.


  5. "Overall Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. State of the art technologies

    Cons

    Sometimes not efficient working here


  6. "Good place to do research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Good overall benefit. Wonderful environment.

    Cons

    Living cost is high in this area.


  7. "Low Pay, No Career path"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free parking and shuttles, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Do not compensate for Research Associates doing Management support. Low pay and no chance of career promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate Research Associates doing Lab Management for that very work and establish career promotion opportunities for senior reliable staff.

  8. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, exciting research, great culture

    Cons

    Government makes it feel kind of restricted and stagnant at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! We changed the world!


  9. "PeopleSoft Business Systems Analyst 3"

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    Former Employee - Peoplesoft Business Systems Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Peoplesoft Business Systems Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My coworkers were some of the most intelligent people I've ever worked with. The projects I worked on were challenging and I had to do my best every day I worked there. Whereas I worked in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, I was indirectly helping scientists find solutions for cleaner energy and environmental challenges.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  10. "Great place for a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    I'm a postdoc in the Physics division. Salary is OK for academic standards, great research flexibility, stimulating environment, smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Hard to get postdoc extension, or full-time positions at the Lab.


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