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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Being a government job, there's a lot of red tape (in 25 reviews)

  • High cost of living in the area (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern

    Pros

    challenging but an amazing place to work

    Cons

    difficult to adjust at first because its so large


  2. "Fun place to spend the summer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of interesting things going om

    Cons

    Slow approval process and lack of motivation to get things done quickly

  3. "As a post doctoral researcher"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral in Livermore, CA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High qualities of researches and colleagues

    Cons

    High level of background check


  4. "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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the forefront of scientific innovation and discoveries, good work life balance, competitive benefits package, talented coworkers who care about the mission.

    Cons

    Career mentorship opportunities for non-technical positions need to be in proved.


  5. "Administrative employment opportunities @ LLNL"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
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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

    Benefits, salary, work life, flexible hours

    Cons

    Upward mobility is difficult to achieve

    Advice to Management

    Look within before seeking outside


  6. "Great science and great minds"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Being able to work side by side by some of the greatest minds in science is a huge perk and privilege.

    Cons

    Working for the government, sometimes things take a little longer to progress and a there is a nominal amount of red tape, but when you get the go, it's on.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Livermore, CA
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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

    excellent work/life balance, good professional growth opportunities

    Cons

    may be a slower pace than corporate world which can be frustrating

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work, but could use a little improvement"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely interesting and unique work, wonderful morale and employees, great work-life balance, fantastic starting 401k package.

    Cons

    No longer offers a pension, the onsite gym facilities are pretty crappy and should be free to use, not all divisions allow you to work from home or have alternative work schedules (i.e. 9/80s).

    Advice to Management

    LLNL needs to adjust to the incoming millennial generation. It should not take 10 years before we get an increase in vacation time or 401k benefits. That would work if the pension was still in place, but it's not. Millennials are much more likely to change jobs more frequently, especially in the Bay Area, so you need to frequently increase their benefits somehow in order to entice them to stay and not take the Silicon Valley benefits packages. The Golden Handcuffs (aka pension) don't exist anymore, so the company has to change as a result.


  9. "Moving in the right direction"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The lab seems to be moving in the right direction. Leadership recently revised our values and mission statement to be clear, concise, and relevant for the work we are doing. On a smaller scale, our PAD, O&B are focusing on Operational Excellence which is another great set of principles that will hopefully define the culture here at the lab. There are a lot of resources available to unwind on your lunch break. Guest speakers, lunchtime bands, networking activity groups, and even a farmers' market are fun ways to get outdoors and get away from the office for an hour.

    Cons

    There is some resistance to change that can be felt. You need to work with others to overcome the "this is the way we always did it" mentality. The lab also seems very political which perhaps true of other organizations, but its something to be aware of. You need to have strong political acumen to do well here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving the culture in the right direction. Please don't let the great work done so far die off. We need to think about ways to keep our values and the culture we are building at the forefront of everything that we do. How are we measuring our success at living up to the values we've set? Things to consider.


  10. "Business Development Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern

    Pros

    Great people, amazing scientific discovery and history. The tours are fantastic, and people seem to generally love the work they're doing

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, hard to track people down sometimes


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