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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory CEO Bill Goldstein
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is the biggest advantage(in 116 reviews)

  • "The Lab cares about your career growth Love working for such a great place(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. Started as a new graduate and the perks are great

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

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I went through an ACE interview after being recruited at a career fair. Interviewed with about 8 multidisciplinary teams in the span of a day and was offered the job the next morning. Starting off I was able to: * have my own office * look for a team that was a good fit for me in the lab (toooons of projects) * now currently working in physics simulations, which is super cool * have the freedom to change projects...

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    Cons

    * lower salary potential than FAANG software engineers, but still decent * lots of security (which makes sense due to working with high clearance projects)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  2. Best quality of life

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    - Challenging, competitive work environment - Innovative work, hackathons, dev days - They have proven repeatedly that the care about the health and well being of their employees, work life balance is great - Great people!

    Cons

    - It takes a while to get used to the security environment, which is natural for most people.

  3. Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I am a software engineer. Been here for about 2 yrs. Great place to work for. If you have a proactive attitude and want to try out new tools, this is the place to be. Good work-life balance. Safety is the top priority here.

    Cons

    Not a place for someone who likes little bit more structure!

    Advice to Management

    Strong leadership!

  4. Interesting projects, great work-life balance

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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great variety of work happening, very nice location if you don't want to live in the crazier bay area location.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, plenty of outdated technologies around, security rules that can get absurd.

  5. Helpful (4)

    Good balance of interesting work and life

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    The work life balance is the best. The only time I have worked over 40 hours a week is when I wanted to. There will be times when people feel the need to work overtime but it is not the norm. The problems are interesting and feel important. Sure you can burn out on anything but there is a ton of interesting work at the lab. On that note, the lab has so many projects going on that if you need something new after...

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    Cons

    When it comes to software engineering the lab hasn't quite figured out how to define career paths yet. They have a classification system worked out but it is only a few years new at this point and they are only just starting to define and coach employees on how one would get a promotion. Being a government funded facility, we are at the mercy of the federal budget. When stuff like the government shut down happens,...

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    Fast-paced, shifting priority interesting job with national significance

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    The people here are scary smart. We have good opportunity for career growth and development. The work-life balance is quite good. The culture here values team work.

    Cons

    Scientists change their minds a lot -- drives engineers a little nuts. There's lots of bureaucracy. The job security and benefits aren't as good as they used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Decide if this is government or a business and act accordingly.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Full of challenges, management gives you a wide latitude to research and deliver solutions. You are treated like a highly trained individual, not a 'cog in the machine'. Good work/like balance for people with families. Working in Livermore means you can find a lot of affordable housing (example: Tracy, $300k houses, 20 miles east of lab).

    Cons

    Salaries are not very competitive once an employee grows their skills and responsibilities into a senior software engineer/architecture role. Your salary will typically rise to the average salary level, then plateau. This is good for people that want a stable, 40 hour job, and are more focused on their family, but frustrating for someone that is ambitious.

    Advice to Management

    The salary ranking system for computer scientists constrains the size of raises that new, ambitious, hard working employees can get. I've seen this result in newer computer science employees learning a tremendous amount at the lab in their first few years, then getting disillusioned at the 3-5% raises they get. Facebook or Google is usually thrilled to offer them a 30% higher salary and grab them after we've done such...

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    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    August 28, 2014

    Thank you for taking the time to share this. We view compensation as a critical issue and will make a point of sharing your input with senior management.

  8. Helpful (7)

    Management vs. Worker Bees

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Negative Outlook
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    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    1. Office rich work environment 2. If you’re a physicist, this is one of the few places you might actually be able to get a job 3. I did some of the best work in my career there. 4. There town west of Livermore is very nice, although expensive 5. The current director seems to be a reasonably decent person.

    Cons

    1. Definitely two classes of people there. Management and worker bees. 2. Ethics is completely about protecting management at all costs. 2.1. if you challenged the company on ethical grounds, you will be crushed. 3. The core mission of the company is basically impossible 4. If you are a christian republican, you will be very uncomfortable 5. the work there is all about empire building and empire maintenance. It...

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    Advice to Management

    None - they do not listen

  9. Helpful (2)

    Lawrence Livermore has provided a wealth of opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great amount of flexibility in the positions available. The stability of the lab's positions and presence makes it a nice place to work in.

    Cons

    Salary freezes and workforce reductions result in a lessened ability to attract new employees. Additionally, opportunities with other companies can be a large attraction.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Lots of unique opportunities, but not the best place for an ambitious person or desiring high pay.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Good employer for someone that has a family and wants a more stable, slower paced job, with a standard 40hr/week schedule. - Lots of opportunities to work on unique architectures or more research/cutting edge type software projects. - Flexible work hours, (9/80, work-from-home, etc) - Lower stress, unusual to have urgent software development deadlines or 'crunch' periods. - Housing is cheaper on the edge of...

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    Cons

    Not as good a place for a younger person with ambition or energy, or someone looking to grow their salary. - Salary grows slowly, 2-3% raises typical - Salary is 'adequate', but doesn't match competitive companies with similar work like Google, Intel, etc. - Salary tends to cap out at a software engineer III level. Very few growth opportunities after you hit this level. - Benefits only average - Bonuses...

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    Advice to Management

    Target older employees with families when you hire. You're in a tough position to compete for the younger crowd unless you get more flexibility to offer better salary packages, raises, and upward growth.

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