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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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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. Featured Review

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    "Great place to work!"

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have worked here for nearly ten years and my only regret is not coming here sooner! I love the science being done; it's exciting and it feels good to be part of something so important to our national security. It's also located in a great area for families and has quickly become a terrific place to go for beer/wine and great restaurants. It's a small community for being a fairly large "corporation". Friendly staff and positive environment. I couldn't be happier!

    Cons

    Purchasing a home in LIVERMORE is rather expensive.
    Being a government contractor, things sometimes take a little longer to get done than on the outside. A lot of rules and policies to abide by.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek out the next generation of employee 's to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology!

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Nov 3, 2016

    Great advice! It is critical to look to employees to help push cutting edge science and technology.


  2. "Review of current employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Networking opportunities, both internally and externally -- LLNL is one of 17 U.S. Department of Energy National Labs across the country. The Bay Area is home to four of them: Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Sandia-Livermore, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
    The opportunity to interact with awesome people involved in incredible work.

    Cons

    Although this is a pro, I am listing it as a con. The culture and demographics are gradually shifting toward a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Although the change may seem slow, over the next 5-10 years, the Lab will become a distinctly different workplace that it is now--hopefully, a much better place.

    Advice to Management

    Greater focus and attention must be given to selecting, cultivating, and developing future leaders.

  3. "Great place to work! Excellent opportunities"

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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

    Excellent opportunities to work in other areas; great work-life balance; opportunity to work for a company that supports an important mission.

    Cons

    Multiple layers of approvals; really slows the process.


  4. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Business Manager 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

    The Lab offers many employee service benefits such as networking groups, farmer's markets, bands during lunch, famous speakers, on-site gym & a variety of exercise classes, cafeterias, children's center and many more services.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (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.


  6. "Veterans Welcome Here"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Reinvigorated veterans group at the lab has made this a place that I can call home after identifying with the military for so long. It is refreshing to be around likeminded people that are still eager to carry on the mission.

    Cons

    No cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage the transference of military skills into our environment to leverage and add thought diversity.


  7. "Opportunities to excel"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are never constrained to one are of work or study. You could have a few different careers, all here at the lab. LLNL offers to fund schooling and enough work-life balance to accommodate employees educational goals.

    Working outside of business hours is very discouraged in my area- a breath of fresh air after working for start-ups in SF.

    Livermore is close to Oakland and San Francisco.

    Big emphasis on diversity and bringing your whole self to work.

    Cons

    Being a government job, there's a lot of red tape.

    No pension for newer employees, but great 401k. Older employees complain, but they don't realize how good they have it here.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new ideas

  8. "LLNL: an excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher 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

    Excellent work–life balance, professional culture, top-knotch benefits and compensation, job security, access to cutting-edge scientific equipment and resources, stable funding, opportunities for domestic and international collaboration, smart coworkers.

    Cons

    High cost of living in Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    N/A.


  9. "Public Information Officer"

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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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is encouraged
    Good educational assistance program
    Good people who care about the mission
    Pretty stable and secure employment
    Alternate Work Schedules (flex-time, 9/80, etc.)
    Committed to providing a safe and secure work environment
    Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority

    Cons

    Benefits not as competitive as industry
    Commute to get to the Lab from affordable housing is horrendous
    Lack of career mentorship for non-technical positions
    Frequent budget freezes preventing salary increases
    Inequities across laboratory organizations in regards to salary targets, recognition, hiring practices, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Look to be more competitive as far as disability/maternity/paternity leave options
    Increase consistency and streamline operational practices across all laboratory organizations


  10. "Administrative employment opportunities @ LLNL"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    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


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