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Updated February 18, 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 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work in the Bay Area"

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, interesting, advanced facilities, great scientists

    Cons

    Salaries below the area average


  2. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and top resources.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic nature, top heavy organization.

    Advice to Management

    More internal funding opportunities. More collaboration w/ industry

  3. "Excellent Environment for New Engineers"

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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

    - World-renowned research facility
    - Large campus with many different organizations and research fields
    - Beautiful campus with excellent view of the bay

    Specific to Advanced Light Source:
    - Excellent place to develop/grow engineering skills
    - Staff are very nice and will mentor you and share advice at the slightest opportunity
    - Get to work with world-class and world-renowned scientists and engineers

    Cons

    - Old cubicle spaces are drab cubicle farms

    Advice to Management

    See about changing up old office spaces/cubicle farms to more contemporary spaces.


  4. "Good place if you are passionate on research"

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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

    Good location. Time is flexible.

    Cons

    Overhead is almost 3 times of your salary.


  5. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High tech project, great scientist

    Cons

    Some project are a bit slow

    Advice to Management

    Increase comunication


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Lead
    Former Employee - Project Lead
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting science, great people, opportunity to learn a lot

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork, administrative hurdles, but things get done eventually


  7. "Curiosity appreciated..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues, curiosity shared and respected, high ethical standards in most colleagues and greater part of management. Beautiful worksite. Belief in ergonomic protections (setups must be evaluated by professional folks who work entirely independently of other units). Many transit support systems—shuttles with bike carriers and wheelchair lifts, bike repair hrs, etc.

    Cons

    For professional people in operations (includes writers and website managers) you can find yourself in a windowless office, working 50+ hours a week routinely and not seeing daylight. They’re trying to move to a telecommute culture but many managers still believe if you’re not on site, you’re not really working (a false concept, since the manager with windows a couple of floors above never sees you anyhow). There are potentially wonderful education/training opportunities, but my experience is that manager is unlikely to approve requests because it might interfere with work. Oh yes, chronic under-resourcing of non-scientist staff. If you’re creative and have initiative to draw boundaries early on, while demonstrating how effective you are, this can be handled. Be careful of health impacts, though!

    Advice to Management

    Provide staff with appropriate office space, and let them see daylight. And prioritize continued training and education to allow staff to improve their skills.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Molecular Foundry is a tremendous place to work"

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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

    The Molecular Foundry is a great place to work, and LBNL is pretty great employer. Benefits are good. Life/work balance is openly supported in most parts of LBNL and definitely at the Foundry. I felt very supported during my maternity leave and as a working mother. The location is *beautiful.* The majority of people are friendly and brilliant. The science is off the charts. I love it there.

    Cons

    The cafeteria sucks. There are definitely a few challenging personalities to contend with. Getting there on public transport is really slow. Parking can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on diversity and inclusion! I believe that it's a genuine priority at the Foundry (and LBNL as a whole) but they still have work to do.


  9. "Berkeley Lab"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time

    Pros

    Great mentors, allow you to learn crucial researching skills on your own

    Cons

    Could allow for different work on projects


  10. Helpful (1)

    "lbl postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Lot's of freedom and name recognition, opportunity to work on cutting edge projects. Fairly nice location, decent benefits and good career development support.

    Cons

    Let's be real, it is difficult to live in the bay area with this salary. Half of mine is going to rent. But what's a government lab to do ? Very little opportunity for permanent positions. More minor issues: you have to deal with some standard government bureaucracy and the HR department is.... an HR department, so lower your expectations.


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