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Pros
  • "Work life balance is the biggest advantage" (in 113 reviews)

  • "I see the lab working hard to be a great place to work, which it is" (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • "Being a government contractor does mean there is a lot of red tape" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Of course, the cost of living in the Bay Area makes the 'good' salaries not reach as far" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to start career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, benefits

    Cons

    Can get boring and not buy into mission

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. "A place to make a real impact in the world"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, flexible hours, very talented people and the opportunity to make a real impact.

    Cons

    Government red tape and bureaucracies hinder progress, taking a lot of work to get little done. This is, however, inevitable in this line of work and industry (Federal Government). Good restaurants are a little ways from the lab so you have to either bring your own lunch or eat at 1 of the 2 subpar cafeterias on campus.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to monitor the pay and benefits of the private sector to ensure competitive compensation to retain employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Be aware of the Hierarchy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    LLNL has good people and good benefits. Great place for scientists and engineers

    Cons

    LLNL has an "unofficial" hierarchy - Physicists, Scientists and Weaponeers at the top, other engineers and technical professionals in the next tier, and the bottom tier is hourly techs, business professionals and administrators. The higher the tier, the more satisfied you will be with LLNL as an employer: the rules and the perks tend to be applied differently in the different tiers. - But even the bottom tier is not bad.


  4. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at LLNL just over 11 years and I absolutley love it! As an institution, they really try to promote work/life balance, health and well-being, and community outreach. As an employee, I feel recognized, heard, and valued regularly. I am fortunate to work here.

    Cons

    No workplace is perfect, LLNL has had it's share of struggles, but I personally feel they always try and put there best foot forward.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to advise, except keep doing what they do, always striving to improve and better LLNL.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Beware"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists, lots of big-concept thinking, and the name Lawrence Livermore has lots of clout

    Cons

    LLNL is a snake pit of backstabbing and corporate politics, where logic, truth, and reason take backseats to blatant power grabs and cut throat dealings.


  6. "World-class research and development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with brilliant scientists and engineers

    Cons

    As a federal government contractor, there are many bureaucratic procedures


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work while raising young kids but not stimulating work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance for the most part is positive. Many onsite activities to support a healthy lifestyle and flexibility is an option for the most part for raising kids and attending activities.

    Cons

    Micro management is the norm here. Managers are micro-managers not leaders. The culture is slow and tends to move backwards more than forwards. Raises are pretty minimal and do not keep up with cost of living. Not much career growth within the walls.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate redundancy and create a more efficient working atmosphere with a common goal of moving forward as opposed to looking back at how "things used to be done".

  8. Helpful (2)

    "LLNL is an overall good employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunites to learn field specific methods and technology, great work life balance (no long hours plus flexible schedules including every other Friday off--9/80; great health culture--a lot of cycylist, runners even MMA!), Close to Home

    Cons

    Uncertainity around all budgets; a lot of restrictions but slowly this is changing (Can't take pictures anywhere, sometimes hard to took about work, Before couldn't do youtube or Facebook...now you can though); for being on the cutting edge of various technology sometimes the IT infrastructure is lacking (e.g. desktop computers on VMshare ware that sometimes creates problems...)

    Advice to Management

    Best director was "Parney". We need someone like him that is honest and direct with his employees and has a sense of humor.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "LLNL is a good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    nice environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    tele commuting is not encouraged. bad commute some times

    Advice to Management

    none