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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Research Scientist Reviews

Updated September 13, 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. "Great work environment, benefits"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work going on at LLNL is really exciting
    People are very welcoming and friendly
    Seems to be plenty of room for advancement
    Plenty of conference opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes takes a long time to get things approved, slow moving
    Often work long hours


  2. "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant employees, nice place to be in

    Cons

    Fluctuation in funding, have to keep looking for projects, unstable

    Advice to Management

    employees should not be looking for projects and funds. It is management responsibility to provide funds.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "A Shrinking Workforce where Management has Become the End Product: No Longer a Place for Creative Minds"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technical Colleagues, Location (SF Bay Area)

    Cons

    Shrinking Workforce, Bureaucracy, Management, Excessive Overhead Costs, Unfunded Mandates, Useless Requirements, Constant Reorganizations, Forced Strategic Planning Initiatives that Lead Nowhere, Lack of Management Accountability for Itself

    Advice to Management

    There is no evidence that the excessive overhead-funded management at LLNL provides positive value (e.g., where is the vast increase in WFO projects promised by LLNS when it came into being 10 years ago; why has the workforce significantly declined in numbers over the past decade). In fact, all evidence suggests that management negatively impacts programmatic work. There is no logical, business, or ethical reason why 70-75% of bring-in dollars should go to management, management-controlled activities, and other overhead costs. Why must I report to 13 people in the *multiple* management chains above me (administrative, programmatic)? Get out of the way. Let employees and the programs do the work that they are tasked to do by their sponsors. Management shouldn't be the end-product. Cut indirect-funded management personnel by at least 50%.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "good"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in UC Berkeley, CA

    Pros

    highly talented stuff, cutting edge research

    Cons

    need to climb to the hill

    Advice to Management

    more parking


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good research environment with Campus atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - interesting projects
    - lots of smart people to work with
    - good funding opportunities
    - state of the art equipment

    Cons

    - lots of red tape and government policies
    - bureaucracy
    - sometimes really old buildings and lab equipment
    - can be difficult to get people's attention


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Being surrounded by other scientists is pretty great."

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    Former Intern - Research Scientist
    Former Intern - Research Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting, your coworkers are great, and you never have to fight anyone about climate change existing because so many people work in climate modeling.

    Cons

    It was sometimes difficult communicating with administrators, there's the usual bureaucracy surrounding government(ish) procedures, and the tight security can be kind of a pain, but it's definitely all worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Please work on facilitating employees suffering from mental illness.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Bureaucracy over science"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge facilities, smart people. Reasonable work hours when compared to academia; semi-autonomous structures similar to most academic institutions. Pay is generally better than academia.

    Cons

    The DOE labs are a mess of mis-management and years of knee-jerk reactions to safety and security issues. Management over-reaction and fears of regulatory and legal repercussions have resulted in a crazy patchwork of mindless and contradictory rules and requirements. Beware: you will drown in red tape which comes first over science.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in young leaders to change the system.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Dec 3, 2014

    We appreciate you taking the time to post this and are sorry to hear your experience here was less than positive. We will share your review with management.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist 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

    Excellent research, people are friendly in a successful environment

    Cons

    Old, old buildings and analytical tools


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fun but can be disconnected from applications"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of data and good research environment. Decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Government/National laboratory complex does not necessarily know where it fits at all times --- searching for problems. Depending upon the team project it can be hard to find support for publishing research.


  10. "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good entry level compensation. Lots of resources.

    Cons

    Location. People get moved away from lower priority projects to work on NIF.