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  1. "World-Class Lab Doing World-Class Work"

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    Current Employee - Physicist
    Current Employee - Physicist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    LLNL hires some of the world's smartest people and lets them work on the world's hardest problems. It has cutting edge-research facilities that provide access to conditions analogous to the most extreme in the universe. Computation is also a key capability at LLNL, and it possesses some of the world's fastest supercomputers.

    The location is a great one, and the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Red tape: LLNL is a government contractor, and the delays and bureaucracy associated with such work are certainly present. It is generally isolated from the more partisan politics, but budgets can be influenced by what is currently in favor.


  2. "A great place to work and grow in"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    National security mission, cutting edge science, extremely intelligent people, immense and powerful resources, high prestige, incredible salary

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, many layers of approvals, expensive housing market, big consequences for security mistakes, high intensity environment, lack of fun events

  3. "Good place, great exposure"

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    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.


  4. "Newly retired from Military and welcome as new hire for LLNL."

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    Current Employee - Planner/Coordinator in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Planner/Coordinator in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, excellent benefits, and I enjoy working with innovators who are at the cutting edge of new technology. Totally cool stuff!

    Cons

    Housing is just a tad higher than I am use too.

    Advice to Management

    Good leadership and good workers go hand and hand.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Computer Scientist SES.4"

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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

    Work on cutting edge technology; potential to get involved in challenging technical issues; great colleagues (everyone stays for a long time)

    Cons

    Management not on board with telecommute opportunities for employees (done on a case-by-case basis); hard to fill job positions due to market area leading to additional workload on existing employees

    Advice to Management

    Create general policy for telecommute and allow employees flexibility in working from home. Celebrate promotions at all levels to encourage others and communicate better with employees


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    "Change and growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The Lab's mission and work are outstanding. There is a lot of cutting edge technology being discovered and utilized. The opportunity for growth and advancement is high.

    Cons

    As LLNL is government funded, there are specific guidelines that must be followed, which may make changes difficult. A re-work from the top may be beneficial in moving with the times.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to improving the world, please also continue to look to improve from within the organization as well. As more people that have been with the lab for considerable amounts of time start to retire or go elsewhere, it would be very beneficial to make moves ahead of time, whenever possible, to allow the remaining employees, transfers or new hires to adjust and cover the departure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "LLNL: an excellent place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work–life balance, professional culture, top-knotch benefits and compensation, job security, access to cutting-edge scientific equipment and resources, stable funding, opportunities for domestic and international collaboration, smart coworkers.

    Cons

    High cost of living in Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    N/A.

  8. "Great Place To Work!"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work-life balance all in a positive, friendly work environment. Lots of great opportunities and cutting edge science.

    Cons

    Does not move quickly and internal politics can be hard to understand.

    Advice to Management

    Work to update the facilities and improve the infrastructure. Update policies to allow more opportunities to work remotely.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Software Developer"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, alternate work schedules and limited remote work possible. Nice 401k, competitive *base* salary. Education assistance programs for returning to school are beyond generous. Very stable employment, even in a potential downturn. Some projects are really interesting, cutting edge, and will grow your skills. Livermore is a great place to raise a family (at a price...see cons).

    Cons

    Like the rest of the Bay Area, cost of living in Livermore is out of control. Unlike most tech companies in the area, you will (obviously) not receive any type of equity. Most everything at the lab moves at the pace of government. Many employees are nearing retirement and some of them just seem to be "coasting." Some projects are in constant crisis mode from unstable budgets. Other projects are stable but will stagnate your skills. Mostly old buildings. There is a pretty firm ceiling on career development with "just" as B.S. degree.

    Advice to Management

    I believe management has a firm grasp on the issues I listed in the cons. Matching total comp of local competitors instead of base would go a long way toward remaining competitive for mid-career employees.


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