Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employee Reviews about "red tape"

Updated Nov 29, 2021

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  • "work life balance is good(in 126 reviews)
  • "Great people on my team who loved being in each other's company (even played board games together during breaks).(in 115 reviews)
  • "Great benefits and 401k.(in 114 reviews)
  • "Pay is good (over all maybe not so much for the area though)(in 52 reviews)
  • "There are many groups here and opportunities to explore other kinds of work.(in 36 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Couldn't be happier

    Nov 29, 2021 - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
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    Pros

    I worked for a federal contracting company before, but LLNL takes the aspects I loved about that job (e.g. mission-focused, flexible work schedule, and innovative science) and combines them with all the job features I always wanted (e.g. more remote-flexible opportunities, better compensation/benefits, bosses that actually care about me as a person and not just a means to an output). LLNL invests in their employees and really cares in their development within the org.

    Cons

    There's sometimes a bit too much red tape around some things, but I went in expecting that.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Intern

    Great Workplace

    Oct 26, 2021 - Anonymous Intern 
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    Pros

    Great work culture Excellent mentorship Resume builder

    Cons

    Lots of red tape/slow progress

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  3. 5.0
    Former Temporary Employee

    Great job experience!

    Oct 17, 2021 - Post Bachelors Research Associate 
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    Pros

    Great opportunities, breadth of research, and community.

    Cons

    The government red tape can slow things down but overall it’s fairly efficient and there are good systems in place!

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great People, Great Mission

    Oct 4, 2021 - Engineering Manager 
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    Pros

    Big science Great staff Campus environment Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Red tape can be challenging to navigate

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  5. 5.0
    Former Contractor

    Great opportunity for emerging college graduates

    Sep 28, 2021 - Post College Appointee in Livermore, CA
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    Pros

    Great work culture. Collaborative environment with dependable and knowledgeable colleagues.

    Cons

    Pace of work can feel sluggish at times due to "red tape" procedures.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Awesome place to work

    Sep 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    High level of work life balance 9-80 schedule is great.

    Cons

    Government organization large amounts of red tape.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Important job to support an important mission

    Aug 6, 2021 - Administrative Specialist IV in Livermore, CA
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    Pros

    Very gratifying place to work because you are supporting national security missions and you feel like you are serving your country. The lab does a great job offering work life balance, flexibility and employee resources that go above and beyond to take care of its employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes political red tape can make it challenging to get things done quickly. Also, some of the buildings are a bit outdated.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good Work, Death By Beaurocracy

    Aug 10, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    The work is compelling, worthwhile, and largely makes a positive impact in the world. The compensation and work-life balance is decent. The proximity and exposure to some of the brightest and high-performing scientists and engineers is a huge plus. There is no lack of opportunity at the lab and the career paths are encouraged. The lab will also help pay for most schooling and provides ample opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    The vast amount of bureaucracy suffocates even the simplest of tasks. Even collaboration between the DOE National Laboratories is plagued by a lack of common tools and a surplus of restrictions. I've got three sets of RSA keys to access each National Lab network and none of our systems talk to each other. Getting any hour of meaningful work done is usually accompanied by an hour of red tape, signatures, acronym-swimming, and centuries-old web tools. Even the "updated" timecard web page is barely functional (uptime only 60% of every hour) and follows archaic processes and deadlines.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Place for a New College Grad

    Jun 3, 2021 - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    Interesting work, opportunities for sponsored learning, great compensation package, 9-80 work schedule, flexibility to choose which projects you want to work on

    Cons

    Red tape, many policies to follow, unclear remote policy for the future

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Mechanical Engineer

    Apr 22, 2021 - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    Pros

    Good people, interesting work, good culture

    Cons

    there can be a lot of red tape

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