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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated May 24, 2018
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace
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Pros
  • Great Place and work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Excellent pay and benefits, opportunity to work into placement instead of solely relying on prior education (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Small town has limited activities for the more urbanesque (in 23 reviews)

  • Need to go to Santa Fe for any nightlife (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Latest science and technology. Some of the smartest people in the United States.

    Cons

    No cons, great price to work.


  2. "R&D Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    1. Great place to work.
    2. Good people

    Cons

    1. Location can be a draw back.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Business Operations in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Lab is one of the most professional and intellectual places I have ever worked. There are challenges but in almost all cases management or external offices are available to help overcome those challenges and that is an incredible plus. The investment the Lab makes in work life balance, safety and positive work environment is also a big reason I enjoy working here.

    Cons

    I imagine this is being considered and worked on but a remote work policy is not widely understood or promoted. Considering the number of employees who commute, this understanding could really improve things for the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting dedicated employees, seek solutions, consider needs of an ever changing and diverse workforce.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mission driven organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    highly intelligent organization. Everyone is tied to mission. Mountain town which is great for outdoor activities.

    Cons

    New director appears to only listen to himself and is therefore isolated from the counsel of experts. Good thing is that he is term-limited.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your experts. Trust your employees to do the right thing


  5. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Earth and Environmental Sciences DIvision, EES-14
    Current Employee - Earth and Environmental Sciences DIvision, EES-14
    Recommends

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    World class and well-funded science

    Cons

    Limited capacity to support environmental sciences

    Advice to Management

    Integrate postdocs across the lab sooner (within first year)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great place to work. beautiful setting, clean air. great people

    Cons

    Housing situation is horrendous. Need some Housing


  7. "Interesting job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging problems that require scientists to team and work at the highest level across many disciplines. Los Alamos is a small, safe town in a beautiful location.

    Cons

    Risk aversion can create an environment where the safest work is to do no work. It requires constant pushback to keep things reasonable.

  8. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    they have a great benefits package.

    Cons

    small rural community not many options.


  9. "Avoid Taking a Management Position Here"

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    Current Employee - First Line Manager in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - First Line Manager in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work experience, benefits are not bad but not top of the line either, great groups of people to work with

    Cons

    If you come here from industry and accept a management position, be forewarned that you'll not likely be given inflation beating annual raises and it is very likely that your employees will be earning more than you do. The lab does not value its first line managers at all and doesn't even try to put a spin on it.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. "Best place to work in Northern NM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Committed people, state of the art in many ways, good place for cybersecurity workers, diverse opportunities within the Laboratory so lateral movement is usually possible.

    Cons

    Hindered by bureaucracy, both internal and external. Some management is only out for themselves, not their employees. Some infrastructure is below par and that is the fault of Congress.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting budgets to be flat when people costs are rising. That makes no sense whatsoever. Bring back defined retirement benefit if you expect to retain quality early career individuals.


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