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  • Being a government job, there's a lot of red tape (in 24 reviews)

  • Cost of benefits is going to increase and pay increase don't keep up with cost of living (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very limited career path"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good science, friendly and helpful coworkers. The neighborhood in Livermore is nice and safe. You will also have good work life balance

    Cons

    If you are foreign national or non-white people, you may have very limited career growth. There are many layers of management, red tapes, and old school boy networks.

    Some managers do not do any scientific work but still get their names plugged on many papers. You keep working for them while they keep getting all the recognition and promotions through their inner circles of network and keep you away from these growth opportunities through red tapes.

    Advice to Management

    Remove non productive and political management people and save tax payers' money.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Jan 25, 2017

    Thank you for your review. We recognize there is room for improvement and we are working on that. The Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and our ongoing success depends on every member of... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "career development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work-life balance, people are nice

    Cons

    The lab has developed a mode of constantly hiring postdocs and no intention to convert them.
    Some projects can be very boring, and have nothing to do with research.
    No maternity leave for women.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Nov 17, 2016

    LLNL recognizes that it can be challenging to navigate through all the benefits offered for parental leave for not only expectant mothers but also for parents and adoptive parents. Our benefits... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No leadership in Security Organization everyone leaves eventually."

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    Former Employee - SPO in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - SPO in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start...but then move on...you are better off elsewhere on the lab of growth and more opportunities.

    Cons

    No opportunities, only for the selected few. A degree doesn't help you here unless you are the selected few to move up and over.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your officers and line supervisors...or they will be taken away to work elsewhere on the lab.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not like it used to be..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management has finally determined that there is life beyond the weapons complex.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy and limited funding.

    Advice to Management

    Remove 1/3 of the middle management, who just happen to be the people that were promoted out of positions that they were failing at!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists, lots of big-concept thinking, and the name Lawrence Livermore has lots of clout

    Cons

    LLNL is a snake pit of backstabbing and corporate politics, where logic, truth, and reason take backseats to blatant power grabs and cut throat dealings.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "People and company are not nice to work with / for"

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    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting scientific and national security related work

    Cons

    Poor leadership, slow in making changes, inefficient, process locked. Processes and oversight and US broken government are killing the interesting work. The management old boy network is unbelievablly strong, most of management is a bunch of yes people so the cluelessness continues with a strong surge. Many of the top rated people are so far away from top notch it is astounding.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of lots and lots of the management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart co-workers. Good interesting projects.

    Cons

    Funding cuts every few months. Some scientist have to look for a new position within the lab every few months.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Cog in a machine"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, not great, but decent. Had to work a lot of overtime

    Cons

    It's in Livermore, which is literally in the middle of nowhere. Good for a family man, but not me fresh out of college, and looking to experience life. Hours were long, management is hypocritical, not my place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees incentive to perform, make the culture and environment more friendly to younger generations.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "If you like boring nuclear or homeland defense, and want to stress out about accounting, work here..."

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When I came here, they appreciated free thinkers and you were encouraged to develop. Now that UC is no longer in charge, its run like a for profit business, but without the understanding of what a for profit business is about.

    Cons

    Some extremely arrogant and unqualified managers (because people interested in science are seldom interested in management, so the worst go into management...)

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers from outside who have real world experience.


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