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Updated Jun 9, 2021

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Pros
  • "The working environment is very good(in 43 reviews)

  • "Great place to work on the world's biggest challenges with the world's top scientists(in 34 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "pay for postdoc is lower compared to other national labs(in 31 reviews)

  • "Salary is very low for the Bay area(in 27 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      A great place to work.

      May 28, 2021 - Project Manager 
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      Pros

      Excellent science & deeply cares about employees

      Cons

      Salaries are not as competitive, but benefits are good.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work!!

      Apr 29, 2021 - Contracts 
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      Pros

      Had no idea how great this place would be when I was onboarded. If you're considering applying/accepting I'd advise you to do it. This place really cares about their employees, understands the times we are in, and allows for flexibility. People are nice (can't say I've interacted with everyone, but on the whole), flexibility, yet again, is paramount, lab has good core values and contributes to the world in a meaningful way. Obviously my experience has been shaped by my group of people, but the lab has a lot going for it all over the place. Good medical/dental/vision, good retirement, cool projects to see coming in and out. Definitely a great place to work, and obviously located in a beautiful area!!

      Cons

      Things can definitely get bogged down by bureaucratic nonsense, and it does sometimes feel like you are bashing your head against a wall. Lots of standards to adhere to, not much wiggle room, and I'd say that the direction from the lab about WFH has been a little unclear.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Finance Operations favoritism over meritocracy

      Jun 5, 2021 - Principal Financial Analyst in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      Benefits are decent, offers pension after 5 years of service, some opportunity to grow, the science research side is generally positive to work with

      Cons

      Finance and Operations Management promotion based on favoritism and not meritocracy, depending on group, the environment can be toxic and management operates through fear, government bureaucracy, slow in change and improvements, complex systems, high ratio of lower skilled employees in comparison to private industry, inequity persists in terms of salary and work distribution and responsibilities

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      May 28, 2021 - Facilities Electrician in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      Competitive pay Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave A lot of room to move up the ladder

      Cons

      Can be a lot of politics involved. Govenrement job so too many chiefs and not enough Indians sometimes

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Excellent science and great flexibility

      May 18, 2021 - Graduate Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      People are nice and the environment is collaborative. Unlike university campus, the national lab has a lot better work-life balance for grad students.

      Cons

      There's not a lot of extremely detailed visa support and explanations on benefits.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Best place to learn

      May 24, 2021 - Mechanical Designer in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      Lots of training, plenty of room for growth

      Cons

      Huge staff you can get lost

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Postdoc

      Jun 9, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      Just a standard Postdoc. Good health benefits.

      Cons

      Housing is expensive in Bay area.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Excellent collaborations

      Jun 8, 2021 - Project Scientist in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      The most excellent environment to do science.

      Cons

      It's challenging to deal with bureaucracy.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

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      May 13, 2021 - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      Great environment in lab setting

      Cons

      It is a government lab, regulations and covid restrictions are at its upmost high

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      LBL Brings Science Solutions to the World - You can participate

      Apr 26, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in Berkeley, CA
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      Pros

      The research here has very high quality among research institutions. You work with the best in the field.

      Cons

      You work with the best in the field. It is hard to stand out among your peers here.

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