Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2020

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason
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Pros
  • "Great working environment with great work life balance(in 43 reviews)

  • "Great place to work very smart people, continuing education opportunities, great pay(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "Los Alamos (town) is a nice little community but it is a small town that rolls up at 7:00pm(in 26 reviews)

  • "Most commute from outside, such as Santa Fe(in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
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    "Historic Science Lab On the Upswing"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relocation benefits are unparalleled and health benefits are good. 401K match and extra contribution is unrivaled. Vacation increases up to 5 wks/yr based on length of service. Great location to raise a family with reasonable cost of living, one of the best public K-12 school systems in the country and extremely safe, low-crime environment. Great job security. Also, the contract was recently changed back to a non-profit management structure that is gradually returning LANL to its roots. 9/80 schedule is priceless. Some of the fastest supercomputers in the world, which are exciting to run on. LANL is more focused on the core mission than some other national labs, which can mean more stable funding and less unhealthy politics and less destructive internal competition with external and internal parties. LANL is run more like a free spirited science lab and less like a suit and tie wearing corporate office. First line "managers" are generally scientists, not dedicated line managers. This makes it configured more like a science institution than a company. The mission is growing rapidly with anticipated $13 billion in infrastructure investment, so its the best time to be here since the 1970s. Lots of students, postdocs and international visitors that give LANL a dynamic, vibrant, campus like feel.

    Cons

    Infrastructure is ageing and due to massive expansion, it is difficult to find housing in Los Alamos or parking on site. Most commute from outside, such as Santa Fe. However, $13B in new investment and ongoing construction is anticipated to help. Los Alamos lacks the major drawbacks of big cities (traffic, crime, drugs, poor schools, homelessness) but it is a small community that lacks many amenities. Thus, you may find yourself commuting from Santa Fe or driving there frequently for many errands.

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  2. "LANL Security"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Specialist in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Great opportunities to move throughout the company

    Cons

    Non-scientist/engineers are second class citizens

  3. "Great pay."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Unprofessional work environment the pay is good.

  4. "LANL"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher 

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    The location is not attractive

  5. "Good employer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and great benefits

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to be properly trained to handle the people placed under them.

  6. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary teams, supportive management, interesting science. Beautiful area, mountains, outdoor recreation. Good schools and community.

    Cons

    Location can be isolated, depending on what you like to do.

  7. "A once great Lab."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent staff and technicians. Superior location.

    Cons

    Inept management, adherence to Byzantine rules and regulations, old-boys network promotions.

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  8. "Amazing place to work. Amazing people to work with."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, world class science, safety is a priority, diversity is a priority.

    Cons

    Cost of living in Los Alamos is high

  9. "Engineering Technologist - Global Security - Intelligence and Space Research"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer/Technologist in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The ability to develop hardware for national security (space) application in a remote location. If you like the outdoors and remoteness and beauty of mountains LANL is the place to be. Benefits are pretty decent, healthcare and 401k options are wonderful. Work/life balance is essential and LANL does a pretty damn good job at doing that. The ability to take on different roles and try new ones is a great asset. Outstanding mentors in all aspects of STEM and supporting personnel.

    Cons

    10 years to get an increase on paid time off (PTO) is extremely disappointing. The amount of time to get moved internally took much longer than anticipated. Dated infrastructure, which is being worked on, however it should have began much earlier.

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  10. "Research Technician 3"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work very smart people, continuing education opportunities, great pay.

    Cons

    The town of Los Alamos is very expensive to live in and hard to find a house to move into. takes around 45 minuets to leave to go home no parking.

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