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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • The laboratory has a lot of work-life balance opportunities (in 56 reviews)

  • As a PhD engineer had the opportunity to do cutting edge experiments with world class physicists (in 26 reviews)

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

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

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  1. "Good place for science"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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

    Good people, good facility.

    Cons

    Not easy to do basic science.


  2. "scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    highly diverse talented workforce, project oriented

    Cons

    overstaffed senior management with lots of inertia, better departmental management


  3. "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Good people with good intentions
    Amazing science and intellect
    A community striving to do the right thing

    Cons

    Not as up to date as possible in some areas in terms of facilities and technology
    Some parts of the lab are stuck in the "we've always done it that way" mentality. Changing that mindset can be challenging (but it's not a lost cause).

    Advice to Management

    Encourage managers and supervisors to take the time to lead. Make it okay for people to take thoughtful risk and reward outside of the lab thinking. Be willing to


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  5. "LLNL Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Pros

    I've worked at LLNL for decades and have seen changes - both good and bad. In my current position I am given challenging projects, the autonomy to get done what needs to be done, the resources I need to do a good job, and management is there when I need help. Management also trusts me in my decisions. Work life balance is great. I love my job but if I need to take care of me or my family I can do that.

    Cons

    Red tape - slow to change. That's government life. However, I'm okay with that especially when you consider our mission.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a venue for employees to give feedback to senior management. I think a lot of people have some good suggestions and ideas.


  6. "New Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

    Pros

    I really like working here. Good place to learn from your colleagues and team members. Flexible hours and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Things move little slow compare to corporation environment. It could take some time to get things done, but nothing major.


  7. "Postdoctoral Research Staff Member"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fast-paced, high-energy, results driven work environment

    Cons

    Administration, procurement, and maintenance move very slowly


  8. "First Intern Experience (2006)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity working with professionals and learning how to apply what I was learning at school to the real world.

    Cons

    It is not located in the most exciting city; however; there are plenty of places to go and things to do that are only an hour away.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Aug 17, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your intern experience; happy to hear that you enjoyed your summer here!


  9. "Really like working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, alternative work schedules.

    Cons

    Can be confusing to navigate around the lab.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Sep 6, 2016

    Thank you for the review! Have you tried the shuttle 4-TAXI? This is a great way to get around as you get the lay of the land at LLNL.


  10. "Physicist, Nuclear Criticality Safety Analysis Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Physicist, Nuclear Criticality Safety Analysis Group in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Physicist, Nuclear Criticality Safety Analysis Group in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    Multi-disciplinary teams on great projects.

    Cons

    Personnel Management Problems In Conflict with UC Regents Policies.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "HEDP Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, amazing location, exciting projects

    Cons

    Can be disorganized at times



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