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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The work/life balance may be as good as it gets (in 19 reviews)

  • Working environment: dynamic and multiculutural (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Top science"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    LBNL pays decently and the administration is all right. Lots of high-profile researchers and otherwise interesting people from all around the world.

    Cons

    The location is not the best, quite remote. The red tape can be annoying and there is always not enough money for anything.


  2. "postdoctoral position"

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

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

    Pros

    great place to start to career

    Cons

    not so many permanent positions

    Advice to Management

    bring more possibilities to built postdoc career

  3. "Smart people"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, smart people. They bring the best people from industry for talks. Can't really ask for more at Berkeley.

    Cons

    Politics! Hands down the amount of politics and games that departments play is so much. Bureaucracy at its peak.

    Advice to Management

    Young people with new ideas and an energetic environment is what will make the place more thriving. Provide opportunities to the best of the best students and researchers and create the best environment for them. Support and nurture them through frequent communication. Most importantly, provide them freedom.


  4. "A great place to do great science!"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great science happening everywhere here! It's known for some of the greatest contributions to science in the world. For a postdoc, there are many opportunities for collaboration.

    Cons

    High institutional overhead cost at the lab when you apply for funding, so a lot of your grant money doesn't really go to your science. Pay for postdocs is low, even though they are the workhorses of the labs.


  5. "Great people steering a big ship"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and work life balance. Also the lab is full of interesting experiments and facilities operated by smart people.

    Cons

    Postdocs make significantly less than all administrative, technical staff, and postdocs at other federal labs in the area. Funding is languishing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay postdocs more.


  6. "Good so far, although company morale could be improved"

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    Current Employee - Clerical II in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Clerical II in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to a lot of amazing and innovative science, HR personnel are very easy to work with, company shuttles definitely help with the commute, strong emphasis to learn and grow

    Cons

    Low morale these days (not exactly the fault of anyone here, but there could be better damage control at every level)


  7. "Not easy to get converted to staff scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    well-known reputation, great science, great view

    Cons

    low-paid salary compared to other NLs, work-life balance, parking

  8. "Administrator"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, stability and easy commute.

    Cons

    Poor growth support. I've been working here for 16 years and finally got a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage your staff and help guide them into promotions.


  9. "Good Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Technician in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Technician in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable, Relaxed atmosphere, good and smart co workers, great benefits

    Cons

    Salary is low compare to market and raises are very minimal


  10. Helpful (1)

    "doing science is good for fun bad for pay"

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

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours, friendly and knowledgable colleagues

    Cons

    Lousy Senior Management, high overhead, employee benefit sucks


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