Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated Oct 11, 2021

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  • "The work/life balance is great and the Lab offers a large amount of stability for those who are looking for it.(in 130 reviews)
  • "Great people on my team who loved being in each other's company (even played board games together during breaks).(in 113 reviews)
  • "Great benefits and 401k.(in 113 reviews)
  • "Pay is good (over all maybe not so much for the area though)(in 47 reviews)
  • "There is many options and opportunities throughout LLNL.(in 40 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Engineering Intern

    Oct 11, 2021 - Anonymous Intern 
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    Pros

    Great work environment, great for collaboration.

    Cons

    Cost of living in California

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Not What It Seems

    Sep 28, 2021 - industrial safety professional in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    High pay, well staffed and you are not overworked. Very interesting work environment as it feels you are working on a college campus that is doing state of the art work.

    Cons

    I am not sure how this is rated one of the top places to work. Very strict on time worked ( you are on a stop watch from arriving and leaving ). Not easy to take time off, and they will trick you with offering every Friday off ( you can apply for it after 6 months and not get it ). Was very unorganized for orientation and little to no mentor-ship. You are treated as a number here - and expect to figure things out on your own.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Best decision of my career

    May 11, 2021 - Research Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    World-class science, great work environment, great salaries, great work/life balance. Mission driven institution with clear objectives. Accepting to join the LLNL team has been the best decision of my career! The lab is managed in a smart way, PIs and leaders (all the way to the top) regularly communicate with employees. It feels like the perfect mix between a university and a big corporation (without the cons). For young researchers, postdocs are considered as actual employees, with full benefits (retirement plan, real salary to live comfortably in the Bay Area, etc.) which creates less discrimination among the researchers contrary to what is seen at most other research institutions.

    Cons

    The lab has less visibility than other world-famous research institutions despite doing world-class science. This is because some projects are classified which prevent publications and publicity. For some researchers not being able to publish could be a deal-breaker.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Company!

    Sep 29, 2021 - Systems Administrator in Livermore, CA
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    Pros

    The Benefits are great especially their Education Assistance. Work Environment is awesome as well.

    Cons

    None to report at this time

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Best place ever to work!

    Jul 31, 2021 - Senior Electronic Technician in Livermore, CA
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    Pros

    Great work environment. Very supportive coworkers and management. World class research facility. This place is we’re history is made. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    None. Best place I have ever worked, there aren’t any Cons to report and I have worked here 2.5 years.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great job, people and work/life balance

    Jun 2, 2021 - Systems Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    LLNL offers a high quality and intellectually challenging work environment. With competitive salaries, lots of competent workers, including numerous world-class experts, and great work-life balance, it's an ideal place to work.

    Cons

    As an NNSA Laboratory, there are many restrictions you won't find in the public sector.

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  7. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great Place to Work

    Apr 27, 2021 - Post-Graduate Student in Livermore, CA
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    Pros

    Phenomenal access to resources to advance your scientific knowledge. Very helpful and friendly work environment. Would recommend to any scientist.

    Cons

    People complained that sometimes things moved a bit slow, but I never really experienced that.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    LLNL is a great place to work!

    Mar 3, 2021 - Administrative Assistant in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Respectful management, great co-workers, many incentives for employees to come to work and enjoy their working environment.

    Cons

    Because of COVID, many people are working from home, so it is a little harder to communicate with those that are off-site.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    High ethical working environment

    Feb 1, 2021 - Engineering 
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    Pros

    High ethical working environment; work life balance; your job interests are the highest priority to the lab; great benefit; health services are great to encourage you to have a healthy life in the lab; lots of trainings for career and technical growth

    Cons

    Projects can take longer than those in the industries due to thorough reviews and regulations before doing the projects.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    You should work here

    Apr 17, 2021 - Industrial Safety and Health Engineer 
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    Pros

    Great People and great work environment

    Cons

    Expensive to live in California

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