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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Updated October 5, 2018
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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. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer 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

    LLNL feels like 10 companies on a single square mile. The opportunities are seemingly endless. I've always enjoyed and balance of Operations and Design. LLNL has provided numerous options to explore.

    Cons

    A significant portion of the employment population is nearing retirement. This creates and combination of opportunity and challenge.

    Advice to Management

    With the complexities of the technologies, hazards, and Clearance, stepping into a new role can be daunting. Perhaps mentoring individuals to targeted roles can help.


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    "Mechanical Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Leading edge technologies, large scale projects, $1 billion budget, and great benefits and employee resources.

    Cons

    Real estate in Livermore is too expensive/risky. To own on a single income, commuting is almost a necessity.

  3. "Very good life/work balance in a family friendly town"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good retirement benefits, and a stable job

    Cons

    Expensive area to work in.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work, but could use a little improvement"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely interesting and unique work, wonderful morale and employees, great work-life balance, fantastic starting 401k package.

    Cons

    No longer offers a pension, the onsite gym facilities are pretty crappy and should be free to use, not all divisions allow you to work from home or have alternative work schedules (i.e. 9/80s).

    Advice to Management

    LLNL needs to adjust to the incoming millennial generation. It should not take 10 years before we get an increase in vacation time or 401k benefits. That would work if the pension was still in place, but it's not. Millennials are much more likely to change jobs more frequently, especially in the Bay Area, so you need to frequently increase their benefits somehow in order to entice them to stay and not take the Silicon Valley benefits packages. The Golden Handcuffs (aka pension) don't exist anymore, so the company has to change as a result.


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    "Mechanical Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low stress, good work hours, decent benefits (15 vacation days off, 12 sick leave days off, 9.5% 401k, good tuition reimbursement program, kaiser with no deductible)

    Cons

    Narrow job focus, job classification lumps engineers in with non-engineer designers for pay purposes, job performance review process is not transparent, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Improve budget stability, implement a mentor program for new-hires, improve internal processes

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Feb 18, 2016

    Thank you for your comments! Employees are invited to choose and engage with a mentor and it is an employee-driven process available through Human Resources. Please feel free to review this on the... More


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    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is very good, there are a lot of opportunities fro personal growth, Livermore is a great place to live!

    Cons

    Inconsistent work schedules across departments.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to stress to management that the one lab approach would be better than the current way of doing business. Right now there is not a consistent work schedule, i.e. some departments are on a 9/80 work schedules and some are not.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Is it a University or a Business???"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Work at the lab is done in the national interest. It should be work that you can be proud of. Additionally the people at the lab are top notch. They are collaborative and friendly.

    Cons

    The compensation is definitely below market, from the top on down. Additionally the organizational structure is flat. There are no titles or promotions besides moving from line worker to management. The partnership between UC and becthel et al. should have improved the organization and efficiency of the organization, but it seems to have only created more red tape with less transparancy.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to bring in Business influences and partners then the Lab should be run like a business.