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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  • lots of red tape and government policies (in 23 reviews)

  • things move slow, lots of bureaucracy (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer 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

    Lots of really smart people. Great benefits. Ability to change career direction drastically by moving between groups and job types. Directorates are like different companies with there own culture and you can easily switch between them if you have issues or just want to try something different. College tuition assistance. Crazy amount of affinity groups for lunch/outside work activities. (From a quilter group to a Martial arts dojo onsite!)

    Cons

    Clearance process is onerous and time to completion is totally unpredictable. Took about a year for my clearance to come through. Some it only takes a couple months, and some a few years.
    Dependence on government funding means that congress' mood affects your raises and job security.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work; I feel valued at many levels.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, co-workers, mission, inviting culture

    Cons

    Government oversight is time consuming

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for making LLNL such a great place to work!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Work Life programs are incredible!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Manager 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

    I have worked at LLNL for many years and it keeps getting better. The numerous work life programs that are offered are truly amazing. The author series and the concerts are my favorites. It is a great way to get out of the office and learn something or just relax to music.

    Cons

    Decision-making is slow. Hard to effect change.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to ask employees what they think.


  4. "Computation/ Software"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    The Lab strives for work life balance, and promotes healthy lifestyles. You can bike to the cafeteria or meetings in other buildings (provided outside of every building), there are numerous opportunities to be active during lunch time. Flexible work schedules with most people having every other friday off.

    Cons

    All the horror stories of working for a government bureaucracy are true. Getting a light bulb changed is a months long wait. Zero computer support. (I probably still have open tech tickets from 2015). Everything is very slow. Decision making, returned phone calls, returned emails, changes. It's a shame because there are some really bright people doing interesting work.

    Advice to Management

    The steps you are taking to improve the lab are commendable. Listen to your employees, they have great ideas to improve the Lab, just move a little faster.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Software Developer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer 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

    Great work-life balance, alternate work schedules and limited remote work possible. Nice 401k, competitive *base* salary. Education assistance programs for returning to school are beyond generous. Very stable employment, even in a potential downturn. Some projects are really interesting, cutting edge, and will grow your skills. Livermore is a great place to raise a family (at a price...see cons).

    Cons

    Like the rest of the Bay Area, cost of living in Livermore is out of control. Unlike most tech companies in the area, you will (obviously) not receive any type of equity. Most everything at the lab moves at the pace of government. Many employees are nearing retirement and some of them just seem to be "coasting." Some projects are in constant crisis mode from unstable budgets. Other projects are stable but will stagnate your skills. Mostly old buildings. There is a pretty firm ceiling on career development with "just" as B.S. degree.

    Advice to Management

    I believe management has a firm grasp on the issues I listed in the cons. Matching total comp of local competitors instead of base would go a long way toward remaining competitive for mid-career employees.


  6. "graduate intern"

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    Former Employee - Student-Intern
    Former Employee - Student-Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great environment, university like research groups

    Cons

    slow hiring process, even longer for non-citizens (approx 3 months from getting an offer to actually starting)


  7. "Great work place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits (401K)

    Cons

    Politics, less chance of advancements

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start a career but maybe not stay forever"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Good 401K
    Interesting work
    Great place to start a career
    Smart People to work with

    Cons

    Slow processes
    Lots of bureaucracy
    Lower pay for the Bay Area
    Location is far from Silicon Valley

    Advice to Management

    Evolve and look at how successful start-ups are implementing new processes.
    Keep your young employees engaged


  9. "Awesome Place To Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Project 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

    Good compensation/benefits. Good work life balance. Lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Promotion of great technicians to management/supervisory roles

    Advice to Management

    Hire for leadership as the PRIMARY SKA for all supervisory/management positions


  10. "Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Smart People. Do amazing Science. Good work/life balance. Competitive Base Salaries

    Cons

    Managed like it was 50 years ago. Science runs the business side. Culture take time to get used too. Don't operate as a business. Lots of government Bureaucracy.


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