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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is the biggest advantage" (in 113 reviews)

  • "I see the lab working hard to be a great place to work, which it is" (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • "Being a government contractor does mean there is a lot of red tape" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Of course, the cost of living in the Bay Area makes the 'good' salaries not reach as far" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great Expectations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources you can't find anywhere else.

    Cons

    No hurry to use them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "LLNL"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very family friendly. Not micromanaged.

    Cons

    The compensation. Doing a job way above my pay grade and not getting paid for it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for an entire career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Science Writer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Science Writer 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

    Willingness to help, flexible, and very stable

    Cons

    Promotions are slow and employees in line are long tenured

    Advice to Management

    Find balance between tradition and change


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to develop skills and education"

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

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

    Pros

    - good benefits
    - relaxed work environment
    - opportunity for development

    Cons

    - slow paced
    - difficult to navigate organization
    - must diligently seek out opportunities to find them


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Management 1"

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    • 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

    Incredible science and technology, brightest people in the world

    Cons

    bureaucracy, raises aren't good once you get hired

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people at target salary


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Love the Lab!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 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

    Amazing and exciting place to work. Ahead of the curve in science and technology.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Behind the curve in IT.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Internship - Computations Department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Multiple ways to apply, salary depends on funding (SULI, directly online, etc).
    - Scholarly environment inside diverse and large laboratory.
    - Massive community with multiple groups to associate within the lab that host socials and events.
    - Multiple research departments to apply to.
    - Mentor-to-intern relationship is strong and supportive.
    - IT and ergonomic services as well as a multitude of others provided.
    - Relaxing and flexible work routine and environment with other interns.
    - Excellent resources for graduate school, research programs, housing, and future investments.
    - Paid internship.

    Cons

    - Tedious identity checks and high security tension.
    - Laboratory under federal law, meaning certain rules and regulations may be different (drug and security tests may occur without notice, etc).
    - Intense heat during the summer, although somewhat manageable.
    - Intern work may differ depending on current mentor's projects.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "good work place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work life balance and exciting science

    Cons

    no stock plans, or bonus incentives; and no longer providing good pension plan

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging job. Premier institution, cutting edge research good work life balance.

    Cons

    Extensive security makes it difficult to complete tasks for some departments

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    Jun 25, 2018 – Recruiting Group Leader

    Thank you for your review. We strive to offer and provide a work life balance that enables LLNL employees to perform cutting edge research for the nation. Thank you again for your review.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


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