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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 5, 2016
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Pros
  • The laboratory has a lot of work-life balance opportunities (in 51 reviews)

  • There are incredibly smart people here (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • lots of red tape and government policies (in 24 reviews)

  • things move slow, lots of bureaucracy (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "LLNL"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The place to be if you don't want to commute

    Cons

    Needs more diversity in Sr. Mgmt positions


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    No working late hours. Work life balance is good and people are friendly.

    Cons

    no telecommuting to work. The pay is on the lower side and scope of work is limited.


  3. "Good place to launch your career"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work and collaborate with different research groups, you can use 25% of your post-doc time to conduct your own research, work-life balance is very good.

    Cons

    No clear career path for Foreign nationals as they can not work on Classified projects, difficult to obtain funding for fundamental scientific research projects


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  5. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, smart people, state-of-the-art research facilities, and problems of national importance.

    Cons

    Can be a bit bureaucratic as it is a federal lab. The work can feel a bit slow at times.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good work-life balance, not so good physical work conditions"

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The lab is a good place to work as far as balancing your work and personal life. With many of the positions there you are able to leave work behind at the end of the day and not worry about it until you return.
    Many positions allow you flexibility in your scheduled hours and the ability to shift them when needed.

    Cons

    The buildings, many being temporary modular 'trailers' leave a lot to be desired. Old, moldy in some cases, broken Heat / AC, months to get a light bulb changed, etc.
    They want the 'best of the best' but expect them to work in the 'worst of the worst'.
    If Government employees get a pay freeze or forced shutdown, they usually recoup it... Not so for us contractors... no retroactive pay, etc.
    Employee moral and benefits have gone downhill since the transition in 2008 to LLNS from the UC management

    Advice to Management

    Do what is needed to improve facilities, perhaps have those in high rise come work for a month or two in some of the deplorable trailers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "LLNL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The computing environment, facilities and support are world-class. Admin support is excellent. There are great opportunities if you are interested in applications, are ready to constantly learn new stuff and change subjects.

    Cons

    Basic research is not sustainable. If you are on soft money, as many arw, you constantly chase it, thus the need to often change subject of research. If you do not like to be a jack-of-all trades, this place is not for you. Overhead is extremely high, thus funding organizations are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Bring down overhead.


  8. "Good place for science"

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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

    Good people, good facility.

    Cons

    Not easy to do basic science.


  9. "scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    highly diverse talented workforce, project oriented

    Cons

    overstaffed senior management with lots of inertia, better departmental management


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Good people with good intentions
    Amazing science and intellect
    A community striving to do the right thing

    Cons

    Not as up to date as possible in some areas in terms of facilities and technology
    Some parts of the lab are stuck in the "we've always done it that way" mentality. Changing that mindset can be challenging (but it's not a lost cause).

    Advice to Management

    Encourage managers and supervisors to take the time to lead. Make it okay for people to take thoughtful risk and reward outside of the lab thinking. Be willing to


  11. "LLNL Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked at LLNL for decades and have seen changes - both good and bad. In my current position I am given challenging projects, the autonomy to get done what needs to be done, the resources I need to do a good job, and management is there when I need help. Management also trusts me in my decisions. Work life balance is great. I love my job but if I need to take care of me or my family I can do that.

    Cons

    Red tape - slow to change. That's government life. However, I'm okay with that especially when you consider our mission.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a venue for employees to give feedback to senior management. I think a lot of people have some good suggestions and ideas.



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