Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews | Glassdoor

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
333 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

333 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • The work/life balance may be as good as it gets (in 18 reviews)

  • Friendly work environment since many postdocs are from different countries (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is modest given the high cost of living of the East Bay (in 6 reviews)

  • The actual salary is not too bad but due to the high living-cost and housing price in Bay area, your financial situation will be tough (in 7 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Postdoc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Performing research and science in a world class environment.

    Cons

    Limited time contracts, low payment.


  2. "Postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley Lab"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be in a center of great science in diverse open-mind community.

    Cons

    cost of life (housing) in California is high relatively to income.


  3. "Mechanical Engineering Technologist 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Technician in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Technician in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Government funding is very stable and comes with allot of job security

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted even with years of experience

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Sr. Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Average compensation with significantly above average benefits. Supporting fantastic science, while maintaining a work-life balance.

    Cons

    Clunky systems and a need of modernizing off system practice.


  6. "Research technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security, friendly people, good safety culture

    Cons

    Low wages, deteriorating benefits, management doesn't value non-scientists, poor or no advancement path for non-scientists

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages, improve benefits


  7. "A place for awesome work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work, location, benefits, freedom and flexibility
    Really good researchers
    Always ahead with cutting edge technologies
    Best resources and great work environment

    Cons

    Lot of politics, favoritism, bureaucracy
    Too much uncertainty about future and funding
    Directly affected by government operations in DC and budgeting

    Advice to Management

    Have a channel for regular employees to voice their concerns, particularly those in early career stages (after completing postdoctoral positions), new researchers/scientists/engineers
    Try to incorporate more diversity and discourage favoritism


  8. "Government Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on the product, not profit.
    The product is research and the expansion of human knowledge, not the stock value.
    Incredible benefits. (Pension, Education, Health, Dental, Vision, Legal, did I mention Pension?)
    40 Hour work week.
    Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. And more, bureaucratic red tape. There's a joke that LBL stands for "Little Bit Late" that's particularly true when it comes to reimbursing employees for travel pay.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any particular advice for management. I haven't really interacted with any senior management type personnel. My immediate supervisor is intimidatingly brilliant.


  9. "life in lbnl"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer 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

    Great working environment. A lot of flexible time.

    Cons

    Salary is kind of low compared with company.
    Sometimes, have to find your own funding.

    Advice to Management

    Changing the funding approach to block funding may greatly improve the efficiency
    and productivity.


  10. "Junior Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Junior Recruiter in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Recruiter in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    Wonderful environment to work in.

    Cons

    When it's cold, it's cold.


  11. "Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Coordinator in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in UC Berkeley, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - medical, dental, vision. Pension plan. Commute benefits.

    Cons

    No carpool from SF to Berkeley



Showing 333 of 377 reviews
Reset Filters