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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is the biggest advantage" (in 99 reviews)

  • "As a grad student: lots of resources, cutting edge research opportunities" (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • "Being a government contractor does mean there is a lot of red tape" (in 37 reviews)

  • "High cost of living in Bay Area" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Technical Associate"

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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

    Pros

    Great work environment, friendly staff, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Cost of living in Livermore is absurd while commute times, since no one can afford to live near the lab, are getting worse by the day.


  2. "Compensation Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely bright individuals work here. You get an opportunity to learn from them. The Lab cares about your career growth Love working for such a great place

    Cons

    To many procedures to follow for the Department of Energy

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Sep 7, 2018 – Recruiting Group Leader

    Thank you for your review. LLNL encourages opportunities for learning and career growth so we are glad you feel supported in these areas.

  3. "Impactful work, great benefits, mediocre IT"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Pros

    The lab has an inspiring mission that is not based on shareholders or fads. I take pride in working for an organization that is making an impact on the world and lives.

    Cons

    Not enough investment in training and networking opportunities such as conferences or symposiums. Business IT (LivIT) is slow and on average ineffective. I didn't have access to the internet or my email for the first couple weeks of my job, both of which are critical for my role.

    Advice to Management

    Allocate more resources to improving IT response for employees and travel budgets for conferences and training


  4. "Great Expectations"

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    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Physicist 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Resources you can't find anywhere else.

    Cons

    No hurry to use them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "LLNL"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very family friendly. Not micromanaged.

    Cons

    The compensation. Doing a job way above my pay grade and not getting paid for it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for an entire career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Science Writer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Science Writer 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

    Willingness to help, flexible, and very stable

    Cons

    Promotions are slow and employees in line are long tenured

    Advice to Management

    Find balance between tradition and change


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to develop skills and education"

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

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

    Pros

    - good benefits
    - relaxed work environment
    - opportunity for development

    Cons

    - slow paced
    - difficult to navigate organization
    - must diligently seek out opportunities to find them

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management 1"

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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

    Pros

    Incredible science and technology, brightest people in the world

    Cons

    bureaucracy, raises aren't good once you get hired

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people at target salary


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love the Lab!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 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

    Amazing and exciting place to work. Ahead of the curve in science and technology.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Behind the curve in IT.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Internship - Computations Department"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Multiple ways to apply, salary depends on funding (SULI, directly online, etc).
    - Scholarly environment inside diverse and large laboratory.
    - Massive community with multiple groups to associate within the lab that host socials and events.
    - Multiple research departments to apply to.
    - Mentor-to-intern relationship is strong and supportive.
    - IT and ergonomic services as well as a multitude of others provided.
    - Relaxing and flexible work routine and environment with other interns.
    - Excellent resources for graduate school, research programs, housing, and future investments.
    - Paid internship.

    Cons

    - Tedious identity checks and high security tension.
    - Laboratory under federal law, meaning certain rules and regulations may be different (drug and security tests may occur without notice, etc).
    - Intense heat during the summer, although somewhat manageable.
    - Intern work may differ depending on current mentor's projects.


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