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Updated January 16, 2018
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Pros
  • The laboratory has a lot of work-life balance opportunities (in 89 reviews)

  • As a grad student: lots of resources, cutting edge research opportunities (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • TONS and TONS of red tape, but I suppose that's the nature of the huge government funded beast (in 30 reviews)

  • Like the rest of the Bay Area, cost of living in Livermore is out of control (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Veterans in Energy Technology & Science"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    I was an employee at LLNL from 2008-2013. I was laid off with several other co-workers. The outreach Officer from the Veterans group at LLNL reached out to me and assisted me in finding a new career at LLNL. Even though I am not a Veteran, I still feel that there is very much a family atmosphere at LLNL and I am very grateful to be apart of that family. Thanks VETS!

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Love my career!


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Lead Electronics Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Electronics Engineer
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (especially retirement)
    Cool science

    Cons

    Funding levels vary substantially YoY

    Advice to Management

    Better succession planing

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Jan 17, 2018 – Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for your review. While there are actions many organizations have taken in creating better succession plans, there always is room for improvement. The Laboratory takes developing and... More

  3. "Great employer"

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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

    Ability to have a flexible schedule; helpful management and colleagues; health and safety conscious workplace

    Cons

    A lot of steps to get some things done

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Jan 16, 2018 – Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for your review. It is vital that the Laboratory has a safety conscious workplace as safety of our employees is one of LLNL's top priorities.


  4. "Electrician"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with a strong emphasis on safety. Great benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    It can take time learning the process of how the lab works.

    Advice to Management

    Your doing great!


  5. "Good place, great exposure"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Livermore, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a grad student: lots of resources, cutting edge research opportunities.

    Cons

    Everyone is older than you. Not a lot of diversity or other students around.


  6. "Engineering Post College Appointee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible workplace, committed to a work-life balance.

    Cons

    slow application process to get your foot in the door.


  7. "Computer Scientist"

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

    World class programming challenges, world class supercomputers to work on. Brilliant and friendly people to work with. National security is a vital mission, and that is what LLNL does.

    Cons

    Stifling red tape and regulations. Staggering amounts of training required. If you need a government clearance, two years is probably what to expect for the wait, unless you have something unusual---then it is anybody's guess.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance is really important to me with a young family: I'm glad that's an LLNL priority. However, so is compensation parity with the private sector.

  8. "New Employee, looking forward to a long and rewarding career."

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    Current Employee - Health and Safety Technician in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Health and Safety Technician in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment with many perks. There is also a lot of job diversity and room to move up and around to other teams and projects.

    Cons

    The lab is located in a fairly expensive area of California, so for those just starting out, a commute will probably be necessary.


  9. "benefits"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    some people are nice, but not all

    Cons

    no maternity leave for women, only from the state


  10. "Awesome place to work, but bogged down as a government contractor"

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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 open lines of communication with management, positive atmosphere, and inspirational in the science realm.

    Cons

    No Lab Gym, and of course we are a government contractor which means no employment time counted towards the DOE, and also lots of hoops to jump through with our contracts. Wish they provided housing subsidy.

    Advice to Management

    Push to make the lab public again! Privatization is not good for laboratory environments as LANL's study recently showed. Maybe providing a temporary housing subsidy in this terrible housing market would help as well. Besides that, great job running the lab and keeping a great working environment! I really appreciate the effort.


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