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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Kimberly S. Budil
Kimberly S. Budil
102 Ratings
Pros
  • "There is fantastic work life balance(in 268 reviews)

  • "Work Environment is awesome as well(in 75 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Government organization large amounts of red tape(in 66 reviews)

  • "Pay does not keep pace with cost to live in Livermore/East Bay Area; bureaucratic culture can be frustrating(in 54 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Great Company!

      Sep 29, 2021 - Systems Administrator in Livermore, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Benefits are great especially their Education Assistance. Work Environment is awesome as well.

      Cons

      None to report at this time

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      Thank you for your review. We're glad you are enjoying working at the Laboratory!

    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      exciting work, descent salary, and great autonomy

      Jan 20, 2022 - Group Leader in Livermore, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      exciting work descent salary great autonomy it is possible to have a good work/ life balance, but that is up to you

      Cons

      salary could be better lots of red tape bureaucratic

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      NOT one of the “Best Places to Work”

      Jan 13, 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Livermore, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Job security. They were able to avoid layoffs and furloughs during COVID-19. Everyone seemed very nice and friendly. Free swag and ice cream week.

      Cons

      The people are very smart, but they are severely mismanaged and apathetic in all their endeavors, leading to poor overall visibility within the greater scientific community. Everything is a pain that is disguised under government bureaucracy, but really it’s the people who sit on raw data that they don’t have the skills to work up for over a year, it’s the people who think that scheduling things the next day or a week in advance is too soon, it’s the people who say they are going to come in and get things done but don’t, it’s the severely outdated procedures and long lists of things to do to get simple tasks like off boarding done, that makes everything SUPER slow and SUPER frustrating. LLNL has a lack of people in the middle of their career for a good reason; there’s all the people who have been there forever and there’s a bunch of new talent that gets lost after a couple years… and there are very good reasons for that dynamic.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great work life balance

      Jan 17, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The culture here is very laid back. Work life balance is prioritized and at the same time very important work is being accomplished.

      Cons

      Culture can be a little too laid back at times, which makes it difficult when trying to bring about change. You still have some of the “it’s always been like this” mentality Costs of living makes it difficult

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Past its prime

      Jan 16, 2022 - Computer Scientist (1550) in Livermore, CA
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      Pros

      Interesting work on the cutting edge of technology with really smart people. Good work like balance and if you want to make good money and coast you can.

      Cons

      Not changing quickly with the times. Compensation is uncompetitive with industry, which is not surprising since its based off only base salary and stock/bonuses in industry can be 20-50% of pay. This makes it hard to buy in the area and is compounded by lack of remote work options. Management doesn't listen or deal with bad actors and plays favorites.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best career I've enjoyed!

      Jan 12, 2022 - Fire Protection Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance is second to none, a job I enjoy coming to every day, excellent benefits and pay, management is very open to discussions.

      Cons

      I don't have any cons, an excellent organization with many opportunities for advancement.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great work/life balance

      Jan 15, 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livermore, CA
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      Pros

      Great autonomy to perform your work. Great work/life balance. The benefits package is very good, especially 401k, which LLNL can contribute up to 9.5%.

      Cons

      Career limitations for foreign national citizens. Many co-workers are not interested in becoming friends.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      A good place to work

      Jan 16, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      -my colleagues are warm, knowledgable, and professional -excellent work/life balance -cutting edge work -good benefits

      Cons

      -it's a long commute for me, but that doesn't apply to everyone

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Place to Work

      Jan 10, 2022 - Group Leader in Livermore, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunty for advancement and great work/life balance. Exciting place to be.

      Cons

      Things are a little slow when it comes to technology initiatives, but it's a way of life due to security concerns.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Couldn't be happier

      Nov 29, 2021 - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I worked for a federal contracting company before, but LLNL takes the aspects I loved about that job (e.g. mission-focused, flexible work schedule, and innovative science) and combines them with all the job features I always wanted (e.g. more remote-flexible opportunities, better compensation/benefits, bosses that actually care about me as a person and not just a means to an output). LLNL invests in their employees and really cares in their development within the org.

      Cons

      There's sometimes a bit too much red tape around some things, but I went in expecting that.

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    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5, based on over 1,152 reviews left anonymously by employees. 92% of employees would recommend working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to a friend and 90% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.3 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

    92% of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 4.6 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.4 for culture and values and 4.4 for career opportunities.

    According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to be coworkers, benefits, career development and the cons to be culture, management.

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