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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 7, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Very nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in Livermore, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good salary and perks, friendly people excellent work/life balance. They do not run you into the ground. They allow you to explore where you're happiest and may pay for additional education needed.

    Cons

    Doesn't have the sexiness of Silicon Valley, but real work is done here.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the value of the work. Don't try to compete with Silicon Valley on the holy grail du jour, whether "diversity" or other.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Oct 11, 2018 – Recruiting Group Leader

    Thank you for your review. LLNL has very good perks/benefits and also offers education assistance for eligible employees. We hope you are able to take advantage of these benefits!


  2. "Post College Appointee"

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    Current Employee - Post College Appointee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Post College Appointee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Join LLNL since October. I enjoyed what I am contributing and learning in the lab. Truly amazing group !

    Cons

    Not that I can think of now.

  3. "Construction Manager"

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    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Construction Manager 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

    Work/Life Balance, nice people to work with, good salaries, good benefits.

    Cons

    Slow process to get anything completed.


  4. "Only place in the world for many scientific applications."

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

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

    Pros

    Unique opportunities to contribute in solving national security problems.

    Cons

    Government contractor subject to budgetary fluctuations.


  5. "Staff Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    work/life balance, matrix team work

    Cons

    The overhead is too high.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexible work schedule options, very steady and secure job, great/supportive management

    Cons

    Subject to some government bureaucracy, but that just comes with the territory


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. A lot of opportunities to grow. Great benefits

    Cons

    Can easily get lost in the environment.

  8. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great projects, competitive salaries

    Cons

    Fast paced, old culture is tough to break through


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company - A little Old School Culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exhilarating projects
    Great coworkers
    Smart peers
    One of a kind infrastructure and equipment
    Large campus, feels almost like an industrial park meets college
    Great learning opportunities
    Important work
    Alternative work schedules available depending on the group

    Cons

    The culture I believe is changing, but it's an older culture. Recognition is usually based on years of service instead of merit or tangible delivery of goals.
    This is also starting to change, but it is a very male dominated company and not much diversity, most people are Caucasian.

    Advice to Management

    While the work done at LLNL is challenging, I believe that the biggest challenge facing the lab is figuring out how to keep good people from leaving. The workforce today is motivated by different things than the workforce of the past, but there is still a very large senior workforce at the lab. This means that you will need to be empathetic to both sets of people. There have been studies that say that the generation at the interface between X and millennials make good leaders today because they understand those that came before them and those that came after. I recommend involving people with this type of understanding and empathy in groups that make decisions for the company that affect the culture and values. I think that this will lead to longer lasting effects that keep the workforce healthy.


  10. "Excellent place for a CAREER"

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

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

    Pros

    As a scientist at the Lab, I have had a range of 'jobs,' all interesting and relevant to the needs of the country. I have done some great research and also worked in a more applied/operational area. My work life balance is pretty great and teamwork has been a total plus within the groups I have been a part of. The benefits are excellent as well.

    Cons

    While pay is good, the process to increase your pay is in small steps, so you have to take the long view regarding your salary trajectory. Of course, the cost of living in the Bay Area makes the 'good' salaries not reach as far. There is the bureaucracy associated with working at a national lab, of course, but I have adjusted to that as a necessary evil. Also, the priorities of sponsors can sometimes change faster than we are able to which means you can end up being tasked with a lot of short turnaround offshoot projects that are aimed to impress sponsors and bring in more money. These are not always effective.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work toward making the Lab a flexible, diverse, and welcoming work environment. The changes are being felt around the lab and they are welcomed.