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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 20, 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. Helpful (1)

    "good benefits and stable, but in a very high cost of living area"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent work life balance
    good benefits

    Cons

    high cost of living area
    top-heavy management


  2. "Very slow pace but benefits and comp are great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dimensional Inspector in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Dimensional Inspector 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

    Competitive pay and benefits very good

    Cons

    Very slow paced and very political

  3. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Environmental and health conscious work environment. Great compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Most jobs require a clearance.


  4. "LLNL employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good ability to join a variety of research groups and be involved with a broad scientific community

    Cons

    Some of the buildings are old and some lab space is cramped


  5. "Fantastic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to work with some of the smartest people in your field

    Cons

    Summers can be hot in California


  6. Helpful (2)

    "High Voltage electricians under paid and under staffed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High Voltage Electrician in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - High Voltage Electrician in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a good policy here that anyone can stop work if they feel it is unsafe. Tools and uniforms provided. Medical benefits are available.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive therefore we are very under staffed and cannot attract qualified people. The hiring process has a lot of holes in it allowing inexperienced candidates that lack effective work practices as well as good work ethics. Though safety is a priority it doesn't seem to be taken seriously at the Staff Relations level.
     Many of the "fringe " benefits do not apply to craft employees (bonuses, hiring awards)
    There are many problems with getting paid properly for work that should be deemed Davis Bacon.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the core group of employees that you have that keep this place running. Before there is no one left or before there is an accident. Compensation needs competitive to attract and keep those you have.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    May 30, 2018 – Recruiting Group Leader

    Thank you for your review. LLNL has a compensation philosophy to pay competitively in the markets in which we compete. LLNL takes complying with the laws and regulations seriously. The safety of... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research Laboratory"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Physicist 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

    World class research facility with experts in almost every field of the physical sciences and engineering. Leading scientists guest speakers and numerous seminars in various fields. Beautiful campus setting in Livermore Valley.

    Cons

    Bay area traffic is difficult to navigate. Cost of living in CA is relatively high entrance cost for housing.

    Advice to Management

    Incentives for young staff could include some kind of financial guidance and planning. Specifically discussing retirement, housing, taxes, etc...

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Apr 30, 2018 – Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for your review. The Benefits Office has scheduled a series of workshops throughout the year to provide information intended to increase employee awareness of programs available to enhance... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Work-life balance"

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

    Coming from the tech industry, LLNL's work-life balance is refreshing. Many people work AWS schedules and get every other friday off. There are a lot of fun events and programs on-site to take advantage of during your lunchtime to step away from your desk and relax. Bands, Authors, Fitness/Gym, shopping events.

    Cons

    There seem to be some antiquated systems and techonlogy that can slow processes down and seem a bit archaic. It seems to be changing and improving over the past two years I've been here so its comforting to see positive change.

    Advice to Management

    Build a culture/engagment survey that ties to the beliefs and vision of the laboratory as a workplace. Get buy in from leadership, measure it regularly and continually seek to improve the culture of the labs. It's moving in that direction, but it is something that will continue to build the positive momentum that's been building over the past few years.


  9. "Good place to start career"

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

    Good work life balance, benefits

    Cons

    Can get boring and not buy into mission

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work despite it's challenges"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great people all committed to protecting our country and advancing our programs/achievements/inventions. Programs and opportunities are around every corner if you're willing to seek them out.

    Cons

    Facilities and infrastructure are old and aging; Support systems aren't resources appropriately to support the needs of a growing laboratory; technology in non-STEM areas is outdated and ineffective. The lab suffers from the age old issue of STEM getting all the gold and infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you're growing the support systems as quickly as you're growing the revenue generating side of the business. Otherwise you'll end up with no infrastructure to support the great innovations.


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