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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Staff Member Reviews

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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. "A great place to work and grow in"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    National security mission, cutting edge science, extremely intelligent people, immense and powerful resources, high prestige, incredible salary

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, many layers of approvals, expensive housing market, big consequences for security mistakes, high intensity environment, lack of fun events


  2. "Good place to launch your career"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work and collaborate with different research groups, you can use 25% of your post-doc time to conduct your own research, work-life balance is very good.

    Cons

    No clear career path for Foreign nationals as they can not work on Classified projects, difficult to obtain funding for fundamental scientific research projects

  3. "Postdoctoral Research Staff Member"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fast-paced, high-energy, results driven work environment

    Cons

    Administration, procurement, and maintenance move very slowly


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral Research Staff Member"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    They provide 25% of your annual time for projects you want to work on which includes collaborations, finish work from PhD dissertation, and others. Co-workers with 5 or more years of experience in the lab are very knowledgeable and helpful for the 75% of time project(s). Depending on the number of projects you will be assigned a mentor. Outside of your project, in Engineering they have a Mentorship Program to build your career at the Lab. Your contract is renewed yearly so if you want to work somewhere else or find a better opportunity you can leave. The Engineering Division has currently a 99% conversion-to-non-contract employee (staff member) rate. Most Postdocs convert to full staff member within 18-28 months. There are various activities in the Lab, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, salsa classes, music group, holiday parties and others.

    Cons

    Most projects, depending on your group, will be red-tape (classified, non-publishable, Official use only OUO, etc). Funding in some projects is limited and you have to be included into additional projects.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not much interest in publishing"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary/benefits, most people I interact with are friendly and very smart, they try and take care of you here, especially postdocs (socially, comments/concerns, etc), travel opportunities

    Cons

    The senior researchers I have been working with do not seem very interested in publishing great science. They are more interested in getting the next grant. I understand because the overhead is so high here, but eventually not doing the science will catch up to you.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the overhead for basic science research (i.e. not classified work) it costs way too much to do science at this institute.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    May 7, 2014

    We really appreciate this input. Publishing is critical to the Laboratory, and we do put a lot of effort into placing postdocs with mentors who support this. We encourage you to reach out to... More