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Updated January 1, 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)

  • It is very expensive to live in the Bay Area, so the salary might not be enough to live conveniently (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    research facilities, research scientists, diversity, great view and neighborhood

    Cons

    limited funding, career job insecurity


  2. "Good place for research"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and friendly people, and nice view of the Bay Area.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain for the moment.

  3. "Challenging work in a political environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Really good job for intellectual challenges, and rewarding in the task.

    Cons

    Deeply-seated long term employees block progress, and often do not even show up for work (classically "working from home today") and rarely at desk. Permitted at the highest levels.

    Advice to Management

    If you yourself walked around and showed up, you may notice the absenteeism is a LBL lab-wide policy! (This applies to the Computer Research Division.)


  4. "good place for research scientists"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist 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

    Many research disciplines are present at the lab, collaborative spirit

    Cons

    turnover may suggest that LBL salaries for support staff are less-than ideal


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid organization for the next few years"

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are very high. Location is in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    Pay is low. No advancement opportunities for women. Manager was not technically competent but was leading a technical department. It really hurt the initiatives at Berkeley Lab. DOE currently headed by Rick Perry, who unqualified for working in energy, science, or nuclear weapons. A lot of researchers were leaving for other non-U.S. research facilities. Many employees were looking for other opportunities as well because of Trump. Parking is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    No advancement opportunities for women. I was the only one told not to program when everyone else was a programmer, and I am a software engineer. Reaching out to the 2nd level manager was useless.


  7. "Working at the Lab"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pension plan. Good medical/dental/vision plans. Permitted to save money in two retirement plans because LBL is a government and non-profit entity.

    Cons

    Not permitted to work four 10 hours days.

    Advice to Management

    Please let us work flex time.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, includes pension plan after 5 years of employment
    Great place if you like scientific discoveries
    Good salaries in operations

    Cons

    Very old school place. Very little investments in latest technologies on the operations side. Career opportunities are limited. Parking space is an issue at the main site.


  9. "Project Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independent, Good environment, plenty of resources, great connections, nice place

    Cons

    high living cost, city security not good


  10. "Great place to work at!"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great environment, smartest scientists

    Cons

    little chance for career growth for postdocs


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