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Updated August 11, 2018
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  • "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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    Current Intern - Data Science Intern in Livermore, CA
    Current Intern - Data Science Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom, will work with you to find your best fit, your work will actually matter, amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    The pay isn't as good at the rest of silicon valley for interns, some of the buildings are old.


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    "Summer Internship - Computations Department"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Multiple ways to apply, salary depends on funding (SULI, directly online, etc).
    - Scholarly environment inside diverse and large laboratory.
    - Massive community with multiple groups to associate within the lab that host socials and events.
    - Multiple research departments to apply to.
    - Mentor-to-intern relationship is strong and supportive.
    - IT and ergonomic services as well as a multitude of others provided.
    - Relaxing and flexible work routine and environment with other interns.
    - Excellent resources for graduate school, research programs, housing, and future investments.
    - Paid internship.

    Cons

    - Tedious identity checks and high security tension.
    - Laboratory under federal law, meaning certain rules and regulations may be different (drug and security tests may occur without notice, etc).
    - Intense heat during the summer, although somewhat manageable.
    - Intern work may differ depending on current mentor's projects.

  3. "Nice internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The team I'm working with is very nice. My mentor is easygoing and tutored me through the internship.

    Cons

    Expensive rent. Poor public transportation.


  4. "Interesting projects and good work-life balance"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Employees are encouraged to engage in multiple projects
    - Employees and interns have access to many lecture series and talks on special topics
    - Work-life balance is excellent

    Cons

    - Livermore is a bit far from the Bay, forcing employees to choose between location and commute time


  5. "Great for student growth"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, good mentors, fun projects, supportive environment

    Cons

    TONS and TONS of red tape, but I suppose that's the nature of the huge government funded beast

    Can't take pictures. Again, just the nature of the workplace.


  6. "Great research gig"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably one of the best locations/environments to work at for research.

    Cons

    Certain departments have a concentration of a lack of talent. Work can be slow. Intern program not very well fleshed-out/non-existent.


  7. "Couldn't have asked for a better engineering internship"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    My internships were great because I was able to communicate to my mentor what problems I was interested in working on to further my interests and abilities. The projects I worked on were interesting and I felt that they had an impact on LLNL's primary missions.

    Cons

    It sometimes takes a while for things to happen at the lab with security being such a high priority. Sometimes a single internship is not sufficient enough to complete a project.

    Advice to Management

    I recommend that students be in contact with their mentors prior to the first day of employment so that they may decide on a project soon so that interns can hit the ground running. 10-12 weeks is an incredibly short amount of time given the pace of LLNL's work environment.

  8. "Graduate Intern"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Intern in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome. A lot of cool research happening at the lab. My mentor gave me the freedom to attend any seminar I found interesting. In any department, the work itself is super interesting.

    Cons

    Things move VERY slowly if you need any equipment or software setup. It is a notorious problem.


  9. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    Pros

    challenging but an amazing place to work

    Cons

    difficult to adjust at first because its so large


  10. "Summer Intern at LLNL"

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best working place ever. Decent salary, nice employees, many things that I can learn from here, weather is good

    Cons

    Food court needs to be expanded to a dinner, additional snack bars to be open for a longer time (By the way, we can just go out side of LLNL to grab some foods though)