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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated June 12, 2018
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  • "The cost of living in the bay area is incredibly expensive and the postdoc salaries do not reflect this particular fact" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Let's be real, it is difficult to live in the bay area with this salary" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Backend Engineer Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great place to work with amazing people

    Cons

    the place is huge, but shuttles are awesome


  2. "Everything is good but pay"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Seem to have nice events for postdocs

    Cons

    Hard to save any money for retirement etc with their pay scale.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more or at least scale with the cost of living here.

  3. "Excellent long term job but not a lot of opportunities for advancment"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    LBL science is fantastic & employee benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Yearly salaries may not competitive with industry salaries, however health benefits and retirement are excellent.


  4. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - LBNL can provide a true chance to participate in world changing research.
    - Fair pension, and benefits

    Cons

    - Compensation is not to scale with the Bay Area, leading to challenges retaining staff.
    - Executive team is detached from research missions.

    Advice to Management

    - Remember the Lab's mission


  5. "low-wages for fun"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    academic, smart people, low-key, progress, tolerable

    Cons

    low pay, bureaucratic, micro-aggressions, visionless, tolerable


  6. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    good enviroment. smart people. good pay

    Cons

    none none none none none


  7. "Off-the-charts gender discrimination, the most isolated I have ever felt as a scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Technician in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Technician in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -4 days/week, good benefits
    -renowned historical institution
    -nice office

    Cons

    -women, black, and hispanic people placed in servile roles around white male scientists
    -belittled and harassed by superiors
    -expected to be responsive on Slack at all hours

    Advice to Management

    Do not be fooled by the high rating LBNL has on here, experiences like mine are likely common and go unreported out of fear.

  8. "Student Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time

    Pros

    - Casual work culture
    - Sincere PIs who are passionate of their research
    - Friendly
    Note: These things vary from lab to lab

    Cons

    - depending on the lab, you may be assigned grunt work
    - can get repetitive


  9. "Scientific Engineering Associate"

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great setting and appropriate salaries.

    Cons

    It will vary from one department to another, but a common complain in my department is that there is not enough research being done. Most projects are consulting jobs.


  10. "Administrative Assistant III"

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    Current Employee - Division Purchaser in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Division Purchaser in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthy Work Environment. Friendly community.

    Cons

    Union Representation not a fit for the Laboratory community at large.

    Advice to Management

    Open some of the restrictive training courses to Admins


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