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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory CEO Bill Goldstein
Bill Goldstein
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is the biggest advantage(in 116 reviews)

  • "The Lab cares about your career growth Love working for such a great place(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. World-Class Lab Doing World-Class Work

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    Current Employee - Physicist 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    LLNL hires some of the world's smartest people and lets them work on the world's hardest problems. It has cutting edge-research facilities that provide access to conditions analogous to the most extreme in the universe. Computation is also a key capability at LLNL, and it possesses some of the world's fastest supercomputers. The location is a great one, and the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Red tape: LLNL is a government contractor, and the delays and bureaucracy associated with such work are certainly present. It is generally isolated from the more partisan politics, but budgets can be influenced by what is currently in favor.

  2. Great Expectations

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Resources you can't find anywhere else.

    Cons

    No hurry to use them.

  3. Helpful (1)

    good benefits and stable, but in a very high cost of living area

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    excellent work life balance good benefits

    Cons

    high cost of living area top-heavy management

  4. Helpful (1)

    Research Laboratory

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    World class research facility with experts in almost every field of the physical sciences and engineering. Leading scientists guest speakers and numerous seminars in various fields. Beautiful campus setting in Livermore Valley.

    Cons

    Bay area traffic is difficult to navigate. Cost of living in CA is relatively high entrance cost for housing.

    Advice to Management

    Incentives for young staff could include some kind of financial guidance and planning. Specifically discussing retirement, housing, taxes, etc...

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    April 30, 2018Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for your review. The Benefits Office has scheduled a series of workshops throughout the year to provide information intended to increase employee awareness of programs available to enhance their future financial security. Please see the Benefits website for further information ...

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  5. STEM flourishes here

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Bleeding edge science and technology with access to the greatest minds on the planet in your STEM field of choice. Salaries are competitive, benefits are excellent, and bonuses are common. Strong sense of job security and job satisfaction.

    Cons

    The clearance process is very slow and most jobs require them. There is a government-wide backlog. Post-docs should initiate the clearance process as soon as possible if they're interested in a long-term career at LLNL. Also, Job descriptions are often vague and don't always reflect the composition of the interview panel or their expectations for a particular role. Cafeterias are inferior to the Argonne cafeteria...

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    Advice to Management

    Provide more temporary options to attract and retain employees waiting for clearances (and spell this process out in job postings). Most postings just state that a clearance is required and don't offer a temporary employment path while clearances are processed. We are turning off top talent if we word job descriptions to imply there is no path forward for uncleared applicants. Also, STEM job descriptions should...

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  6. Lawrence Livermore: view from a long-time scientist

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great projects, especially if you enjoy learning new things and don't mind fairly applied subjects which pertain primarily to national security. Wonderful to work with a diverse group of colleagues from a broad swath of educational backgrounds (physicists, chemists, mechanical engineers, nuclear engineers, chemical engineers, statisticians, applied mathematicians, computer scientists). Management, at least currently and...

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    Cons

    The need for safety and security leads to a LARGE number of rules and regulations, which while totally sensible, do tend to lead to greatly reduced productivity relative to what might be achievable in a less constrained environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Unique place

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Unique line of work, capabilities, resources and environment

    Cons

    The inertia of government sponsored work

  8. A vibrant ecosystem of talented scientists and engineers working on multidisciplinary problems.

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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    The ability to work with a wide variety of people with varying skills.

    Cons

    A sometimes narrow and short-sighted focus on research directions that prohibits adequate investment for real impact.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Challenging and rewarding place to work for a scientist or engineer

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
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    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people, grand scientific challenges, world class experimental facilities and computing power, great compensation and benefits. Opportunities to advance quickly and take on responsibility. Flexibility to move to new projects and develop new skills.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, onerous security rules, feels management top-heavy at times (even when you are a manager), getting jerked around by Congress. High-stress working environment in some projects.

    Advice to Management

    Speak more often, but say less.

  10. Helpful (3)

    in trouble

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good salaries. Lots of freedom.

    Cons

    Funding channels are being cut. Management is not interested in preserving quality workforce.

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