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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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  • Being a government job, there's a lot of red tape (in 24 reviews)

  • Cost of benefits is going to increase and pay increase don't keep up with cost of living (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    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


  2. "Awesome Place To Work"

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    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

  3. "Manager"

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    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.


  4. "Graduate Scholar"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work, good work life balance

    Cons

    not sharing any con here


  5. "LLNL Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, Cutting Edge Technology, Relaxed Atmosphere

    Cons

    Bad raises, fear of cutbacks, funding problems


  6. "Great opportunity for diverse job experiences"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked at LLNL for 22 yrs. First ten years full time and remainder part-time. As a PhD engineer had the opportunity to do cutting edge experiments with world class physicists. Also had project management experience. LLNL has good leadership training and onsite employee health system. Also good support for new parents to work part-time.

    Cons

    At least when I worked there, first level managers were paid 0-10% of their salary to be a group leader of large groups. Remainder of their time was paid by their main skills matrixed to other orgs. This resulted in manager burn out and manager not able to fully support the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your group leaders to manage their groups at least 30% of their time.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Work-Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Discovery Bay, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Discovery Bay, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The laboratory has a lot of work-life balance opportunities. It really does feel like they care about you.

    Cons

    The only downside to their work-life balance is the inability to work from home or have a more flexible schedule. The 9/80 option is cool, but you technically work a 10 hour day with your lunch break and if you commute an hour to work it's a 12 hour day. Sometimes having the Friday off isn't worth it.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "review of LLNL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 people are great! Friendly, smart, helpful.

    Cons

    Some of the buildings are old and not in very good shape.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new buildings.


  9. "Enjoying a career with urpose that close to home"

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    Current Employee - Business Professional in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Business Professional 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

    Worklife balance is very big part with the ability of working a flexible schedule in many of the areas. There are many opportunities to balance life during lunch breaks with an on site gym, exercise classes or networking groups. As a business professional it's amazing to be able to support R&D in the national interest and work with so many brilliant scientist and engineers. I feel like what I do truly makes a difference.

    Cons

    Continue to consider additional work options for telecommuting in the disciplines that make sense. The landscape of the workforce demands this.

    Advice to Management

    Work on branding to the bay area; I believe the lab is unfamiliar to many commuters that pass us everyday on their way to Silicon Valley.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Converson to "Career Indefinite" Employee Pulled at Last Minute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of bright people
    Lots of interesting science being done
    Compensation is good
    Benefits are Excellent

    Cons

    I was hired in 2011 as a "Limited Term" employee with a 5 year term. They were in process of upgrading me to "Career Indefinite" when my program got a budget cut. So they pulled my upgrade and told me to find work within the lab within 30 days or I'm gone. However, the original letter informing me that I was upgraded to "Career Indefinite" did not get recalled and I received it in the mail. I didn't make a huge deal of it as I didn't want to burn bridges and I did find a temporary position for ~4 months afterwards I moved on to Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, right across the street.

    Some people have been in same job for 20+ years, lack vision and energy and are resistance to change/improvements.
    Some project require coding in ...ADA and using VMS... this is laughable. I thought National Labs were cutting edge.
    In my temporary job, the project lead was inventing/adding on to C++ Classes. Not sure why except to save lines of actual code??
    Lack of direction from top
    Lack of meaningful schedules and deadlines
    People are in no hurry
    Complacent - co-workers willing worked in lab where temps >90F in summer w/o complaint

    Advice to Management

    Honor your agreements. I felt totally betrayed.

    Clear out the deadwood, don't let anyone stay in same project too long. Some time longevity in a project is bad.

    Set deadlines and schedules. First place that I've worked where there wasn't.


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