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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 13, 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. "Great Career Move"

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

    Great compensation, benefits, 401k matching, and work/life balance. Most importantly, LLNL is a leader in many advance technologies and the work directly impacts the safety of our country.

    Cons

    Being a government contractor does mean there is a lot of red tape. Coming from another DOE contract laboratory, that is to be expected when you are dealing with the government.
    Commute traffic in California Bay Area can be really bad, but supervision at LLNL will work with you to find what work hours works best for you and your commute (within reason) and are understanding if you are late due to an accident on the interstate.
    Additionally, housing prices in the Bay Area are very high. Overall the pros far outweigh the cons.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Jan 29, 2018 – Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for your review. LLNL has a very competitive benefits package and values work/life balance.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "NIF NOT THE PLACE TO WORK AS ADMIN"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good managers. Somewhat of a work life balance. Most areas in lab are OK.

    Cons

    NIF turnover rate for admins high and No training plan for admins. Most NIF Administrators are inexperienced and lack decision making skills. NIF Admins are overworked and underpaid with NO growth opportunity. Most admins cant telecommute.

    The current NIF administrators DO NOT have any care or empathy for their staff. People are often targeted and forced to leave because of the horrible work environment.

    Advice to Management

    NIF ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT IS A MESS! Senior Managers need to pay attention and put a STOP to the toxic environment!

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Mar 5, 2018 – Public Information Officer

    I apologize that you have had a negative experience with us at NIF. If you are still working with us, I’d like to meet to hear what issues we can work on improving to make NIF&PS a better place for... More

  3. "LLNL experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Working on R&D for national needs

    Cons

    Big organization with substantial bureaucracy


  4. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Life insurance, health benefits, high wages, friendly community, safe

    Cons

    Commute varies, short lunches in some areas

    Advice to Management

    Educate and communicate, otherwise. Great job


  5. "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (especially retirement)
    Cool science

    Cons

    Funding levels vary substantially YoY

    Advice to Management

    Better succession planing

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Jan 17, 2018 – Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for your review. While there are actions many organizations have taken in creating better succession plans, there always is room for improvement. The Laboratory takes developing and... More


  6. "Research Scientist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant employees, nice place to be in

    Cons

    Fluctuation in funding, have to keep looking for projects, unstable

    Advice to Management

    employees should not be looking for projects and funds. It is management responsibility to provide funds.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Salaries"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Need to think hard to find a good reason. As a scientist, I can tell that science is treated arbitrarily, no evaluation takes place, and ranking and salary increases are determined solely by the management. Nothing good as far as I am concerned.

    Cons

    Non-existing morale, arbitrary treatment of scientists, suppressing debate, funding given on the basis of personal acquaintance and need of funding rather than worth of ideas, Also see above.

    Advice to Management

    The management displays a complete lack of honor in handling scientific work. It is completely disinterested in the quality of the science especially in the area of stockpile stewardship. Advice? Turn it 180 degrees.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Feb 23, 2018 – Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for providing your feedback. At LLNL, we highly value our scientists and all of the Laboratory community, as our mission is to strengthen the nation’s security through development and... More

  8. "Great employer"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Ability to have a flexible schedule; helpful management and colleagues; health and safety conscious workplace

    Cons

    A lot of steps to get some things done

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Jan 16, 2018 – Employee Relations Program Leader

    Thank you for your review. It is vital that the Laboratory has a safety conscious workplace as safety of our employees is one of LLNL's top priorities.


  9. "Electrician"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with a strong emphasis on safety. Great benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    It can take time learning the process of how the lab works.

    Advice to Management

    Your doing great!


  10. "Good place, great exposure"

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

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

    Pros

    As a grad student: lots of resources, cutting edge research opportunities.

    Cons

    Everyone is older than you. Not a lot of diversity or other students around.


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