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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
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Pros
  • Work life balance, 9/80 schedule (in 24 reviews)

  • Excellent pay and benefits, opportunity to work into placement instead of solely relying on prior education (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • very small town at a remote area (in 20 reviews)

  • Need to go to Santa Fe for any nightlife (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The place is very Secure

    Cons

    The work is different from the university


  2. "Review"

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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 people and great technology.

    Cons

    Expensive area and lack of housing.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "LANL"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, good benefits and good projects.

    Cons

    Lots of micro managing, lots of red tape on projects, need a security clearance to do any meaningful work.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Occupational Safety & Health"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alternative schedule with every other Friday off. 401K is above average but not the best out there.

    Cons

    Unethical and predatory hiring practices. Mangement is totally untrustworthy and rewards for good work are few to non-existant. Salaries are average to below average unless you are under a union contract. Benefits are average, but vacation is the worst I have seen in 30 years of work. Unwilling to negotiate anything when offered job. Managers at LANL just plain do not care about their employees! Bad culture!

    Advice to Management

    McMillan should come out of his crystal palace and talk to his employees more than at mandatory meetings a few times per year. Take care of your employees and they will take care of your business. Fix the management culture by develop a people-first culture where employees feel valued and appreciated. This is paramount!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "NON SCIENCE - Operations, Maintenance, and Construction"

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    Current Employee - Project Constrols in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Project Constrols in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I can only speak to the "Limited Term" Operations, Maintenance, and Construction (non Science) side of the lab:

    Pros- Flexible hours, great matching 401k at 6% with participation bonus, good health care.

    Cons

    I can only speak to the "Limited Term" Operations, Maintenance, and Construction (non Science) side of the lab:

    Cons - Everything else. Bechtel parent company killed the lab. All LANL employees were demoted under Bechtel and are treated like worker bees. NO promotions unless you are Bechtel, no bonuses, and lucky to get 2% raises. You will be demeaned, overlooked, put aside, and your professional opinion means nothing even though you have more experience than the 'parent' management company.

    Inside LANL, the 'good ole' boy network' is alive and well. Tenure is everything even though you have more experience than the far less qualified 20 year company employees. Also just because the LANL people have their own procedures, doesn't mean they are better construction/operations managers. Lastly, PMP.....'people managing people' is their mantra (partly thanks to Bechtel). You can have 25 years of private sector construction experience, but have a boss who can't read drawings nor any real experience because they secured a certificate. "Cement" managers/imposters.....one of my bosses used to be a bank teller. These positions amount to 75% politics, 25% actual work. If you are not able to get into the Good Ole Boys network....you are toast and will not even get asked to interview....those positions open up for their buddies.

    Advice to Management

    TERM LIMITS - Gut and hire more private industry, directly related experienced people. Mentoring and career dev. programs. Cut out all the frivilous unrelated work training.


  6. "Diverse and interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Professional in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Professional in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and cutting edge projects.
    Great community of technical experts to query.

    Cons

    Location is a bit isolated.
    Housing is limited and expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to being managed by the University Of California.
    For-profit companies and pure research labs are often at odds.


  7. "Data Scientist and Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A intelligent group of scientists and impressive computing resources

    Cons

    Not much to do around the area

  8. "Free Lance Graphic Design"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Offered a lot of resources.

    Cons

    It's hard to get paid experience.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and interesting projects. Incredible amounts of computer hardware.

    Cons

    Management is so distracted by safety and security theater that they have no capability of actually moving the institution into the 21st century. The middle of the employee age demographic has moved elsewhere, leaving those near retirement to mentor those fresh out of school.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing things you can't measure the value of. It used to be that nuclear testing showed who knew what they doing, and who didn't. There is no such filter any more.


  10. "Great Place to work"

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    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

    Learn a lot, stay challenged, work with cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Parking is a nightmare and the general computer helpdesk is useless (askit)


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