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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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Pros
  • The laboratory has a lot of work-life balance opportunities (in 87 reviews)

  • There is a lot of cutting edge technology being discovered and utilized (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • A little more red tape than private industry, which makes it take a little longer to get your hands dirty (in 29 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

    Helpful (3)

    "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. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "HPC Cluster Engineering Academy"

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

    Pros

    Very nice program! Learned a lot!

    Cons

    More program based than internship


  7. "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.

  8. "Great work, but too much of it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment of brilliant minds

    Cons

    Most people are spread too thin


  9. "Overall a nice place to work"

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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

    Amazing campus, good work life balance, great benefits, lots of fun science

    Cons

    The area is incredibly expensive, you could never afford a house in Livermore unless you moved here with lots of money and the commute is terrible from anywhere affordable. Hiring is difficult, lots of red tape

    Advice to Management

    make it easier for employees who want to be there and care about their work to advance.


  10. "Senior Computer Support Technologist"

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very passionate co-workers, good health benefits and 401k matching, great place to work if your a software engineer or scientist!

    Cons

    No movement, your going to stay in your hired position and watch less experienced people get hired for positions above you. Middle management has no management experience outside of the lab, productive workers get the same compensation as lifeless employees. No incentive to work creates a very lazy and lack of accountability environment in some divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Address the issue of continuing career paths for non-degree employees.


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