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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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Pros
  • The laboratory has a lot of work-life balance opportunities (in 50 reviews)

  • There are incredibly smart people here (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • lots of red tape and government policies (in 24 reviews)

  • things move slow, lots of bureaucracy (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good internship"

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

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

    Pros

    The projects are fun and challenging. Everyone there is extremely supportive. They all love their jobs, which sets a very positive attitude. You will learn a lot and it will look great on your resume.

    Cons

    Very hard to get in. You must either stand out with extraordinary talent or know someone who works there.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit your employees out of the internships.


  2. "Great Place To Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex-time and benefits. Love the ability to take care of family demands without stress. Great people!

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. Takes a while to understand how to get things accomplished. Facilities are dated and in need of repair.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good work-life balance, not so good physical work conditions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The lab is a good place to work as far as balancing your work and personal life. With many of the positions there you are able to leave work behind at the end of the day and not worry about it until you return.
    Many positions allow you flexibility in your scheduled hours and the ability to shift them when needed.

    Cons

    The buildings, many being temporary modular 'trailers' leave a lot to be desired. Old, moldy in some cases, broken Heat / AC, months to get a light bulb changed, etc.
    They want the 'best of the best' but expect them to work in the 'worst of the worst'.
    If Government employees get a pay freeze or forced shutdown, they usually recoup it... Not so for us contractors... no retroactive pay, etc.
    Employee moral and benefits have gone downhill since the transition in 2008 to LLNS from the UC management

    Advice to Management

    Do what is needed to improve facilities, perhaps have those in high rise come work for a month or two in some of the deplorable trailers.


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  5. "HPC System Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is challenging and latest software and hardware

    Cons

    No opportunity for reassignment, when your project is done you are dismissed.

    Advice to Management

    Consider new projects, for proven employees.


  6. "Summer intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed feel and everyone is friendly

    Cons

    none that i know of

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  7. "Security Police Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Police Officer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Security Police Officer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's good to get your foot in the door to the lab, but DO NOT stay in the security department. Great pay, great coworkers, great benefits.

    Cons

    Security management is horrible, job conditions are poor, zero career development or ability to do different things. They do not value their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "LLNL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The computing environment, facilities and support are world-class. Admin support is excellent. There are great opportunities if you are interested in applications, are ready to constantly learn new stuff and change subjects.

    Cons

    Basic research is not sustainable. If you are on soft money, as many arw, you constantly chase it, thus the need to often change subject of research. If you do not like to be a jack-of-all trades, this place is not for you. Overhead is extremely high, thus funding organizations are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Bring down overhead.


  9. "ok"

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

    Pros

    -safety awareness and culture
    -good general training, but not so much in department. i guess it depends which group are you in.
      i started few months ago as sr. engineer and was given work to help some engineer kids whose interest was more of their own career development than helping/showing around new guy.
    - work life balance i heard is good. but i've noticed that co-workers work (or show that they work by sending emails at 10pm) late and kid managers create expectations to others based on it.
    - benefits are good.
    - good technical people.
    - matrix system (can be pro - con depending on your likes)

    Cons

    - it depends on group/team you work on. but i experienced that it's more of individualistic than team work. which for new guy is not good to start with.
    - co-workers work late hours for promotion(or show that they work by sending emails at 10pm) and kid managers create expectations to others based on it.
    - skewed gender balance

    Advice to Management

    1) managerial positions should be offered to people with more overall experience (not just in lab) and not just technical as human aspects come from real world experience and variety of experience. please don't assign new sr engineers to help kids (who's goal is only to finish task and look good rather than train)
    2) have rotational program between groups/dept and utilize advantage of matrix system
    3) monitor individual department personals for growth
    4) try to higher some women in technical side for balance and work balance.
    5) rotation of tasks.


  10. "Fair review by Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively stable environment except when NOT on shutdown, fair benefits.

    Cons

    The Lab was created to develop weapons and it is still primary business. "Suspect everything and everybody especially internal threats, share as little as possible" is a working policy. As a temporary employment it is Ok. Otherwise there are many more exciting and productive places in Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Increase commercial projects, separate Weapons and Commercial into separate businesses.


  11. "Outstanding place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're making a difference for the country. We do things that are done no where else in the world!

    Cons

    It's a government job so it has the same downsides.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Sep 16, 2016

    Thank you for your comments! Yes, it is so exciting to work here because of the mission and exceptional work we do for the nation and the world.



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