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  1. "Software Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of smart people from many different backgrounds. You get to work/meet with other interns who aren't only CS majors as well. Lots of advanced technologies you can work with.

    Cons

    Projects vary greatly among interns. Some of the things may be way over your head. Your experience may depend on your mentor.


  2. "Physical Life Sciences Division"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an intern

    Pros

    Very nice smart people open to helping anybody gain their knowledge

    Cons

    Expensive in California. A lot of clearance necessary. Need PhD to do research

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of really smart people. Great benefits. Ability to change career direction drastically by moving between groups and job types. Directorates are like different companies with there own culture and you can easily switch between them if you have issues or just want to try something different. College tuition assistance. Crazy amount of affinity groups for lunch/outside work activities. (From a quilter group to a Martial arts dojo onsite!)

    Cons

    Clearance process is onerous and time to completion is totally unpredictable. Took about a year for my clearance to come through. Some it only takes a couple months, and some a few years.
    Dependence on government funding means that congress' mood affects your raises and job security.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work; I feel valued at many levels.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start a career but maybe not stay forever"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Good 401K
    Interesting work
    Great place to start a career
    Smart People to work with

    Cons

    Slow processes
    Lots of bureaucracy
    Lower pay for the Bay Area
    Location is far from Silicon Valley

    Advice to Management

    Evolve and look at how successful start-ups are implementing new processes.
    Keep your young employees engaged


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Smart People. Do amazing Science. Good work/life balance. Competitive Base Salaries

    Cons

    Managed like it was 50 years ago. Science runs the business side. Culture take time to get used too. Don't operate as a business. Lots of government Bureaucracy.


  6. "Summer Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, smart people, state-of-the-art research facilities, and problems of national importance.

    Cons

    Can be a bit bureaucratic as it is a federal lab. The work can feel a bit slow at times.


  7. "Excellent place to learn a lot about High Performance Computing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are incredibly smart people here. If you work in any area involving HPC, you will work with people who know more about that topic than pretty much anyone out there. I got the sense that other parts of the lab weren't doing projects that were as fun as the project I was on, but if you work in modeling and simulation of some kind, it's pretty much the best of the best. Huge compute resources if you are on well funded projects. This is an incredible place if you are just coming out of school and want an opportunity to get a lot of experience quickly.

    Cons

    The workforce skews older and it's basically impossible to get fired, so there are quite a few people just coasting to retirement. There's quite a bit of bureaucracy as well. The ranking system is also skewed towards older employees (at least as of 2012 this was still true), but the management does their level best to help younger employees as much as is possible with the ranking system they have to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I don't see much changing in the culture here until there is an "at will" employment environment. The management needs that arrangement so that they can legally fire people who don't work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Field engineer"

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

    Alot of smart people, Empowering work environment

    Cons

    Schedule is grueling, very job oriented instead of career development.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  9. "LLNL Sumer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was able to network with people from all across the lab
    Was able to work with some really smart people and get experience

    Cons

    Very strict with following government guidelines. Need to ask permission from a lot of different people before proceeding.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing you can really do because it is government run, but besides the long change of change of command it is a great place to work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good research environment with Campus atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - interesting projects
    - lots of smart people to work with
    - good funding opportunities
    - state of the art equipment

    Cons

    - lots of red tape and government policies
    - bureaucracy
    - sometimes really old buildings and lab equipment
    - can be difficult to get people's attention


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