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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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  • 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. "Short term is good"

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

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Working environment: dynamic and multiculutural

    Cons

    Salary for the area... and career opportunities restricted...


  2. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The collaboration opportunity is great

    Cons

    It would be hard to live in Bay Area with their postdoc salary or student stipends

  3. "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.


  4. "Challenging"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation for a next job

    Cons

    - difficult work environment depending on PIs.
    - very limited door to become a staff scientist
    - bad salary ( just same as other states)


  5. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time

    Pros

    modern equipment, many interesting lectures and seminars

    Cons

    Working week is usually much longer than 40h


  6. "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


  7. 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

  8. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Publications and looks good on resume

    Cons

    -Bad PI's and Staff Scientists
    -Horrible Pay
    -Long Hours

    Advice to Management

    -Better Communication
    -Organization
    -Functionally with other groups
    -Drama Free


  9. "Great place to work for a student"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant 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

    The people here are of the highest caliber. Good resources and a focus on results.

    Cons

    The risk-mitigation controls in place are tedious. There are lots of safety trainings to to.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A hostile place"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work quality, access to world class facilities, freedom/flexibility in your projects, benefits. All the non-research staff is awesome and helpful.

    Cons

    The following are for the computational research division where I worked for 5.5 years.

    Many researchers are quite hostile creating an unpleasant work environment. Senior researchers do not communicate with each other if they are on the same project and all the misunderstandings and issues are pushed down to the younger researchers and get caught with all the bad effects of politics. These certain senior people are not even willing to communicate properly in order to clear the situation.

    Some researchers are also quite selfish in terms of getting work done to benefit their own projects and do not care about anything else, including any problems or issues others may have - professional or personal. No one offers to provide extra help unless their name is going in the resulting publications.

    There is absolutely no professional support for career development or to understand all the politics.

    It's a place where you are on your own and can survive if you are good at politics, are selfish, and don't have issues with exploiting others for your own advancement and to reach higher.

    Advice to Management

    Really need to teach the researchers and scientists to be friendly and helpful. Need a channel to report any issues anonymously as having your name associated with any negative feedback will have dire consequences for you.


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