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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. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Career Opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The Lab works at the frontier of technological and scientific innovation. As such, the work can be extremely challenging, but very rewarding at the same time.
     - Work/life flexibility is excellent and the benefits are superior to anything I have seen in industry.
     - Some of the brightest minds in the world work at this facility, so there is always something to learn from someone and there are always interesting things happening.

    Cons

    - Given the nature of the work, the performance expectations from management and sponsors are extremely high. This results in a very stressful work environment.
     - Things move on the geologic timescale at this facility, so sometimes it can take much longer to accomplish things than desired.

    Advice to Management

    - The management should work more closely with new employees to help them become acclimated to the laboratory missions, structure, and culture.

  3. "Senior Computer Support Technologist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Great research gig"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably one of the best locations/environments to work at for research.

    Cons

    Certain departments have a concentration of a lack of talent. Work can be slow. Intern program not very well fleshed-out/non-existent.


  5. "Summer Student Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing facilities, conducive work environment

    Cons

    Maybe the location and accessibility


  6. "great coworkers, good work-life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    most people here have advanced degrees like PhDs. You can most define your pace of working. No one raises eyebrows if you take vacations.

    Cons

    layers of paperwork to get things approved. Management overhead is high.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management overhead


  7. "Senior Computer Support Technologist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Systems Operator/Technician in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Systems Operator/Technician in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The group I work for is comprised of a very wide variety of highly motivated individuals with a very wide variety of backgrounds and technical expertise. Everyone gets along with everyone in the group and all strive to achieve minimum downtime and shortest possible return to full operation of the systems we monitor and maintain. The systems we maintain are constantly changing, as older systems are retired and new systems are installed. This requires all members of the group to stay on top of things and the group facilitates this by providing training about our ever changing work environment. The shift leaders go out of their way to support the employees that work on their shifts by being advocates for their team members to upper management. Upper management really appreciates the job that we do and the group and many members of the group have received recognition for their efforts in various ways - cash bonuses, certificates of recognition and the like. All in all it is a very wonderful place to work, in spite of all the challenges we have to meet on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Some of the support staff, especially in the area of technical support, have no clue as to the extent we have to be able to bring up monitoring tools. For an example, I usually have 16 desktops on the Redhat Linux machine I use to monitoring tools - over 75 Firefox windows with multiple tabs, and hundreds of terminal sessions to run monitoring scripts.

    Advice to Management

    Please get the support organizations to try to understand the comprehensive monitoring we do and to recognize that our group is like no other due to the amount of windows, both browser, and terminal sessions, that we need to be able to run 24/7.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is great and good benefits.

    Cons

    I can't think of a thing.

    Advice to Management

    I think we should see Management more!


  9. "Programmer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Excellent benefits, alternate work schedules

    Cons

    Raise packages are dismal, at the Peter Principle is redefined here.


  10. "Great Work-Life Balance, Great Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission - rewarding work. Excellent co-workers. Great benefits and work-life balance. Location is amazing.

    Cons

    Cost of living in the area.


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