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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Computational Physicist Reviews

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  • "Work life balance is the biggest advantage" (in 100 reviews)

  • "As a grad student: lots of resources, cutting edge research opportunities" (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • "Being a government contractor does mean there is a lot of red tape" (in 38 reviews)

  • "High cost of living in Bay Area" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "LLNL is a great place to work for top scientific research. It is equipped with some of the best facilities in the world"

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    Former Intern - Computational Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Computational Physicist in Livermore, CA
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    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best facilities in the world. If you want to perform cutting edge research, this is the place to come.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic system of management due to being a government entity.

    Advice to Management

    Find some way to limit restriction on innovation. It gets depressed when great minds must go through so many doors with something as low level as an idea.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "The lady or the tiger -- it depends on which group you're working in."

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    Current Employee - Computational Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Computational Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Job security (until recent privatization) was excellent, as well as pension plans. Lots of smart people, but some also marking time until retirement. Pride in supporting our country and defending it against various threats. Access to unique facilities.

    Cons

    Job security is way down after transfer from UC to LLNS. Funding is subject to political whims and may suddenly change (usually down!). Favoritism is rampant in some departments, along with a plethora of bureaucratic management that create requirements to justify their own existence. Since much work is classified, publication of results may be difficult, adversely affecting scientific visibility.

    Advice to Management

    Openness with regard to job cutbacks is badly needed.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "High quality science, low quality management."

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    Current Employee - Computational Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Computational Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Opportunity to conduct high quality scientific research in wold class facilities

    Cons

    The management are huge, expensive, and inept! Experienced scientists with million dollar research grants are let go in order to preserve the overpaid management. Meanwhile the management knows nothing about the science and provide no implementable vision.

    Advice to Management

    Value the scientists and the science versus the bs of other managers around you.